Most people who are planning on entering into the homeland security degree field in the state of Minnesota are aware that they will need some kind of formal educational training resulting in a degree in order to do so. A lot of them, however, are unsure of what level degree they will need to obtain and of various other requirements for working in the field.

Unfortunately, there really isn’t any one-size-fits-all answer to this question. It really just depends upon the job that you want to have. If you already know what that job is, then you’re all set.

If, however, you are unsure of what you would ultimately like to do within the homeland security field, it’s time for a little research. Spend some time learning about the many different career options that exist and what their various educational, training, and other requirements are.

When you find one that interests you and for which you think you could realistically meet the necessary qualifications, then you will be able to start planning your education around your career goal.

Make sure you spend some real time and effort on this part of the process. Generally, the more real energy you devote to finding the right career, the happier and more successful you will ultimately be in the field.

The vast majority of Minnesota homeland security jobs will require professionals to hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degrees are most commonly obtained in around four years from an accredited college or university, either online or traditional in nature.

Some people will study just general homeland security, while others will study areas more specifically related to the job that they wish to have in the field.

Again, make sure you know the requirements for the job you are interested in and that you meet them with your education.

Other jobs in the field may require or strongly prefer candidates with a master’s degree. Master’s degrees can only be earned by those who already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and take anywhere from one to three years, on average, to complete.

The good news is that those whose bachelors’ degrees are in unrelated fields can still qualify for master’s level programs in homeland security or a related area. In fact, many higher level programs are more than happy to accept such candidates, because they appreciate the diverse and unique perspectives they bring to the program.

This is ideal for those who are coming to the career field later in life, who have already pursued other educations.

There are also certification, diploma, and various training programs out there that do not result in the granting of an actual degree.

Such programs are essentially useless on their own, a fact you should keep in mind no matter what the school promises you. However, these programs can be good ways to supplement an unrelated education or to make a general education more specific to your desired career.

No matter what degree or major you plan to pursue, you will be glad to know that Minnesota is home to a wide variety of excellent schools offering programs in and related to homeland security.

Some of the best include Academy College, in Minneapolis, which offers an associate’s degree program in security administration, and Alexandria Technical College, in Alexandria, which offers an associate’s degree program in law enforcement and a bachelor’s degree program in the same.

Other fine choices are Anoka Technical College, Argosy University in Eagan, Bemidji State University, Brown College in Mendota Heights, and Capella University in Minneapolis.