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Online Bachelor of Science in Fire Science

Because Public Safety is Your Priority

From arson to the spilling of hazardous materials, a disaster can strike at any moment. The online Bachelor of Science in Fire Science completer program from Anna Maria College provides firefighters the vital knowledge to obtain a leadership position in fire service and related fields.

It is crucial to obtain advanced study and training in order to efficiently and effectively provide protection and deal with emergencies, and Anna Maria College‘s online fire science degree program allows you to complete your studies whenever and wherever it is most convenient for you. With a fire science bachelor’s degree, you’ll gain a strong foundation in the technical aspects of dealing with firefighting, fire dynamics and hazardous materials while developing professional and managerial skills. You will also increase your understanding of legal issues, ethics, service and the psychological effects of emergencies—all of which can equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to propel your career to the next level.

 

Faculty from the Front Lines

What makes the best online fire science degree program? The experience and expertise of faculty. At Anna Maria College, our online B.S. in Fire Science courses are taught by experienced fire service leaders who have served on the front lines and know how to combine practice and theory. No other online fire science bachelor program offers a more diverse or experienced faculty of fire services professionals. Gain knowledge from these top professionals and network with classmates nationwide.

Obtain the Skills for Advancement in Fire Services

Discover an exciting, interactive curriculum designed to provide fire service professionals and leaders the most current industry information. Our online B.S. in Fire Science program will prepare you to:

  • Understand the federal, state and local regulations within the field of emergency services
  • Enhance written communication and media relations
  • Recognize the expectations and qualities for managing human resources
  • Identify provisions for community risk reduction
  • Acquire knowledge in proper fire scene investigation and interpretation
  • Design disaster planning strategies

What Can You Do with a Fire Science Degree?

The online B.S. in Fire Science degree will arm you with the extra knowledge you need to fight fire hazards, protect your community, and advance your firefighting career. Gain the skills to help you obtain an advanced fire services role, such as:

  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Prevention Educator
  • Fire Service Trainer
  • Fire Investigator
  • Other prominent roles in fire safety and protection fields

These are just a few of the careers available for fire science graduates. Visit the fire science career outlook page for more information on the types of jobs and salary you can expect with a B.S. in Fire Science from Anna Maria College.

The Accelerated Master’s Degree: Combine Your Studies and Also Earn an MPA

Earn your master’s degree in less time and for less money! While earning a bachelor's degree in Fire Science at Anna Maria College, you may have the option to complete up to three graduate level courses during your final year of study. Once you earn your bachelor's degree, you can then go on to pursue a Master of Public Administration  with nine credit hours already completed.

This unique opportunity will dramatically reduce the time required to earn this online master's degree. And because the tuition of the nine master’s-level credits is billed at the bachelor’s-level rate, this option also reduces the total expense of the master’s degree. Click here to learn more about the 5th year Option.

FESHE-Recognized Program

Anna Maria College was the first school in the country to be awarded Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition for developing a state-of-the-art Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program featuring FESHE National Professional Development Model core courses. Currently, Anna Maria College is just one of five colleges offering an online fire science bachelor’s degree recognized by FESHE. The FESHE mission is to “establish an organization of post-secondary institutions to promote higher education and to enhance the recognition of the fire and emergency services as profession to reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards.”

The distinguished and knowledgeable faculty at Anna Maria College developed the required courses to meet the model curriculum, the professional development matrix, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) professional development recommendations, and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. The courses are continually evaluated and modified to keep them relevant to today’s fire and emergency services challenges. The faculty will assist you in applying advanced skills to day-to-day responsibilities as well as lay the framework for future professional development and promotion.

Learn about the significance of FESHE standards and why Anna Maria College’s recognition by the U.S. Fire Administration sets us apart from other colleges with fire science programs. Anna Maria College is also regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six academic regional accreditors throughout the nation.

FESHE Certificates of Completion

Successful completion of FESHE courses will be acknowledged by the National Fire Academy with the issuance of a certificate of completion per FESHE-recognized course. These certificates are beneficial to students for resume-building, possible Executive Fire Officer (EFO) candidacy, and potential waivers for graduate courses.

To receive a certificate of completion, the student needs to obtain or register for their Student Certification Number from FEMA and fill out this application form (questions #1-11 & 18) for each course. Be sure to write in the FESHE course code instead of the Anna Maria College BSFS course number. You can find a list of the BSFS courses and their respective FESHE course codes here.

You must then mail these forms to Lori Farrar at 50 Sunset Lane, Box H, Paxton, MA 01612 where she will have them signed by the Dean or Program Head, who will then forward the forms to the NFA Admissions Office. Upon processing, the certificates will be directly mailed to you by FESHE at the end of each course.

Learning Outcomes

The mission of Anna Maria College‘s fire science program is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to lead the fire and emergency services profession. Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Comprehend, analyze and discuss a broad range of fire science concepts
  • Demonstrate the leadership skills expected of fire service professionals
  • Conduct a thorough and legally defensible fire investigation
  • Address the impact of fires and emergencies upon the community

Learn more about the program’s mission, goals and educational objectives outlined by Anna Maria College.

Fire Science Admission Requirements

The online Bachelor of Science in Fire Science accepts students who have either earned an associate’s degree or have 60 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants with an associate’s degree or completed course work in a discipline other than the fire sciences must have a ProBoard/IFSAC-certified Fire Fighter I/II certification. Students must also possess a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in order to be accepted into the program. Get in touch with an adviser to learn more about the admission and fire science degree requirements at Anna Maria College.

Be Led by Leaders

Commit to making a difference in your community through vital skills taught by top fire science professionals. Click here to learn more about the online Bachelor of Science in Fire Science degree or call 877-265-3201.

We are authorized to offer our online programs in most areas in the U.S., but are still awaiting full approval from a few select states. To determine if you are located in a state in which Anna Maria College is authorized to confer an online degree, please visit online.annamaria.edu/state-authorization.