Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is currently the second largest federal agency in the U.S., comprised of 22 agencies and employing over 200,000 people.

Homeland security offers a diverse a range of employment opportunities. The field is ideal for individuals aspiring to work in local, state or federal law enforcement agencies; corporate or public sector security; local, state or federal government, and for military personnel of all ranks. Graduates of EKU’s online homeland security program have a competitive edge in the job market and are prepared to work in a number of private and public sectors.

Advanced education is increasingly important in the diverse fields that make up homeland security. EKU offers one of the few programs in the nation based on curriculum developed by the Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Job opportunities include:

  • Border protection
  • Immigration and customs   
  • Transportation security   
  • Infrastructure protection
  • U.S. Coast Guard 
  • Emergency management
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation 
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Air marshals
  • Military services
  • Corporate security
  • Intelligence community

Recent graduates are employed by:

  • Lexington Police Department (KY)
  • Kentucky State Police
  • MSA Security
  • New York City Police Department
  • AmeriCares
  • Office of Naval Intelligence
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • FCI Federal
  • Vectren Corporation  
  • U.S. Army Intelligence
  • Emergency Management (TN, SD, WV, EKU)
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Coast Guard