Online Fire and Emergency Services Courses

Master of Public Administration - Fire and Emergency Services Specialization

Discover Top Fire and Rescue Leadership Techniques

You’ve made a commitment to your community to help in times of need. The Fire and Emergency Services specialization of the online MPA from Anna Maria College delivers the most progressive fire and rescue knowledge and leadership practices directly to you.

For students who have recently graduated or are looking for a career change, the Direct Track is 12 classes, including the Public Administration curriculum and four Fire and Emergency Services concentration courses.

Mid-Career Track Available

Students with four years or more of administrative or managerial experience may be eligible to take the Anna Maria College Fire and Emergency Services MPA Mid-Career Track, allowing them to complete the degree program with just 10 courses (six from the MPA curriculum and four Fire and Emergency Services concentration courses).
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Degree Requirements/Curriculum
Course Number Course Name Credits
MPA 501 Strategic Management of Human Capital 3 credits
MPA 502 Organizational Theories and the Public Sector 3 credits
MPA 503 Executive Leadership 3 credits
MPA 504 Management Policies in Government Finance 3 credits
PHL 600 Ethical Theory 3 credits
MPA 602 Managerial Statistics for Public Managers 3 credits
MPA 603 Public Policy 3 credits
MPA 604 Strategic Planning for Public Managers 3 credits

Fire and Emergency Services Courses
Course Number Course Name Credits
FRS 511 Special Topics in Fire and Emergency Services Administration* 3 credits
FRS 529 Labor - Management Relations 3 credits
FRS 695 Customer Service: Creating a Customer Friendly Organization 3 credits
FRS 610 or FRS 611 Capstone Project or Applied Research 3 credits

*U.S. Fire Administration Executive Fire Officer program graduates are eligible for a waiver of six credits.

Public Administration Core Courses

MPA 501 Strategic Management of Human Capital (3 credits)
Provides an overview of how a leader can address current and emerging human capital challenges to drive organizational transformation.

MPA 502 Organizational Theories & the Public Sector (3 credits)
The study of the fundamental theory of the management development process and the analysis of employee behavior patterns.

MPA 503 Executive Leadership (3 credits)
This course focuses on the study and analysis of human behavior patterns. Special consideration is given to the role of the emergency services department management team member as a leader and motivator of people.

MPA 504 Management Policies in Government Finance (3 credits)
This course explores various aspects of local financial management including developing new revenue sources, designing a budget that includes performance reporting, conducting strategic economic development, understanding debt management and bond sales, use of modern information systems to improve financial decision, and meeting the day-to-day challenges of financial management from procurement to labor negotiations.

GRS 600 Ethical Theory (3 credits)
Within the Judeo-Christian and liberal arts traditions, this course explores ethics from an intellectual and theoretical perspective to build the foundation for ethical practice and an advanced understanding of ethical theory.

MPA 602 Managerial Statistics for Public Managers (3 credits)
Focuses on probability and statistics with an emphasis on data analysis, including univariate and multivariate techniques. Statistical problem solving is engaged using various data sources.

MPA 603 Public Policy (3 credits)
This course uses case studies and other materials to help students to develop excellence in oral and written skills in the formation of public policy at the senior management level. Drawing on previous course work in ethics, quantitative analysis and management students will develop models for solving significant problems in the public arena coupled with the planning strategy for implementing these policies.

MPA 604 Strategic Planning for Public Managers (3 credits)
Through the utilization and application of risk assessment and master planning concepts, this program will guide the student through the process of problem identification and comparative analysis. This course will focus upon identifying the benefits and the development of a long term planning effort within the student’s local jurisdiction.

Fire and Emergency Services Concentration Courses

FRS 511 Special Topics in Fire and Emergency Services (3 credits)
This course deals with emerging topics in the field of fire rescue service, including trend in fire service delivery, fire service technology, as engineering as well as review of contemporary fire service research.

FRS 529 Labor Management Relations (3 credits)
Covers the development, structure and current status of labor unions in the United States. The course examines management attitudes toward the bargaining process, the evolution of labor legislation, government policy toward labor management relations (i.e. changes in the composition of the labor force, white collar organizations soliciting bargaining units).

FRS 695 Customer Service: Creating a Customer Friendly Organization (3 credits)
This course allows the student to develop a customer service program specific to their respective community. Through case analysis and examination of practices within other public and private sector agencies, customer service will be examined as a foundational philosophy that is a critical component of a dynamic emergency services organization.

FRS 610 Capstone Project (3 credits)
Designed to give students the chance to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout their graduate education to real-world situations. A capstone project is designed for those entering directly into a specific field, without plan for postgraduate study.

FRS 611 Applied Research (3 credits)
Designed to give students the opportunity to do focused research on a topic from their respective field of study. Applied research is designed primarily for those planning to continue to doctoral or other postgraduate studies.

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