Angelo State University’s Master of Science degree in homeland security has been ranked one of the “25 Best Online Master’s in Homeland Security Degree Programs” in the U.S. by, an educational resource website that ranks degree programs in all disciplines.The only program at a Texas school to make the list, ASU’s program ranked 19th overall. According to, programs were ranked based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, range of available classes, faculty strengths, rankings and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

Dr. Casey Jones, chair of ASU’s Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice, said, “This recognition is a tribute to the border and homeland security faculty, who developed a curriculum that blends practices from various disciplines to promote research on problems such as terrorism, human and drug trafficking, cyber-security, transnational crime and protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure. The program they created prepares high-quality professionals to analyze, evaluate and lead critical security-related efforts in their chosen profession. In the future, with the establishment of a center of excellence, an honor society and a student-led, peer-reviewed journal, we should rise above several schools currently listed ahead of our program.”

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Homeland Security professionals work in areas such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Transportation Security Administration, federal law enforcement, intelligence, disaster relief, the Secret Service, emergency management, narcotics enforcement, and more. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security employs thousands of personnel in over 20 federal agencies.

Along with its online master’s degree in homeland security, ASU’s Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice offers bachelor’s degrees in border security, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice and intelligence, security studies and analysis, and a master’s degree in security studies.  The online master’s degree in criminal justice was previously ranked one of the top programs in the U.S. for 2014 by

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