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Fire Science Degree Online Overview

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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 you with vital knowledge for obtaining a leadership position in fire service and related fields.

Earning our B.S. in Fire Science can also help you stand out to employers. Earning our B.S. in Fire Science can also help you stand out to employers. After all, Anna Maria College was one of the first schools to attain Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition from the U.S. Fire Administration. As such, you will take innovative courses that meet excellence standards set by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA).

In addition to offering a FESHE-recognized fire science degree online, Anna Maria College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. This accreditation signals the quality education you’ll receive in our online program.

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Ladder Up Your Fire Service Skills Online

It is crucial to obtain advanced study and training to efficiently and effectively provide protection and respond to emergencies. Anna Maria College’s online fire science degree program allows you to complete your studies whenever and wherever it is most convenient for you. Earning your FESHE-recognized fire science degree online will help you build a strong foundation in the technical aspects of firefighting, fire dynamics, and hazardous materials.

You will also develop professional and managerial skills, increasing your understanding of legal issues, ethics, service, and the psychological effects of emergencies. As a result, this B.S. in Fire Science program equips you with the knowledge and competencies needed to propel your career to the next level.

Obtain the Skills for Advancement in Fire Services

20 Courses

60 Total Credits

Discover an exciting, interactive curriculum designed to provide fire service professionals and leaders the most current industry information. The online courses in our 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
Curriculum Details

Fire Science Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements for the fire science degree online includes:

Online Application FormApply Now; $25 application fee (waiver available when you speak to a program manager)
Degree and Minimum GPA
  • Associate degree or have 60 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of 2.0 or better
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts from all previously attended institutions (some prior college-level coursework required)
Additional RequirementsProBoard/IFSAC-certified Fire Fighter I/II certification, if associate degree or completed course work is in a discipline other than the fire sciences

Note: For B.S. in Fire Science students, transcripts with transfer credits from other institutions will be posted but will not appear on the Anna Maria College transcript until three Anna Maria College courses are successfully completed.

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What Can You Do with a Fire Science Degree?

The online fire science bachelor’s degree will arm you with the knowledge you need to fight fire hazards, protect your community and advance your firefighting career. Our online program also provides training that will help you obtain an advanced fire services role, such as:

  • Fire chief
  • Fire investigator
  • Fire marshal
  • Fire prevention educator
  • Fire service trainer
  • 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 about the jobs you can pursue after completing Anna Maria College’s FESHE-recognized B.S. in Fire Science program.

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The Accelerated Master’s Degree: Continue Your Studies to Also Earn an MPA

Earn your master’s degree in less time and for less money! While earning your bachelor’s in fire science degree online 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 pursue a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with nine credit hours already completed. This gives you an option to finish the MPA program in only a year.

This unique opportunity will significantly 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.

FESHE Recognition

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Learning Outcomes

The mission of Anna Maria College’s B.S. in Fire Science program is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to lead the fire and emergency services profession.

After you finish this FESHE-recognized program, you should be able to:

Faculty from the Front Lines

What makes the best online fire science degree? The experience and expertise of faculty.

With our FESHE-recognized B.S. in Fire Science online program, you can build relevant skills by learning from experienced fire service leaders. They have served on the front lines and will share their expertise in combining practice and theory. Because each course takes place online, you will capitalize on our faculty’s expertise at the location that works best for you.

In our online fire training program, you’ll learn from a diverse and experienced faculty of fire services professionals. Benefit from their expertise and network with classmates nationwide.


*120 total credits are required for conferral of a bachelor’s degree at Anna Maria College. As a degree completion program, the online fire science bachelor’s program requires an associate’s degree or a minimum of 60 transferrable credits for admission, but students can transfer up to 90 credits toward the 120 total, as approved by the College.

**U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2023, Completions component. Retrieved from Data consists of CIP code 43.0202 & 43.0203 for the Northeast US Census Division.