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. Earning your fire science degree online will help you build 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.


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JUDY KENARY: AMC's mission is very significant and prevalent throughout our curriculum. Carrying a social mission and social justice and protecting communities is really one of the forefront roles of a firefighter.

They'll learn about how to better manage their leadership skills, the delegation skills, and the human resource skills. Job roles that a graduate could achieve are becoming a fire chief, being involved in their community as a fire investigation.

I describe AMC faculty are ones that are very active within the community, within the state, within the nation. And some are active globally. Close to 100% of the fire instructors are actually fire chiefs, retired fire chiefs, with graduate and advanced degrees. They're well-versed in educating students online. They have high standards of academics. And we really want to make sure that they are going to be able to pull out the best within our students.

FESHE stands for Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Recognition. We worked very hard to align our courses along with their core expectations. So we're acknowledged and recognized as being a state-of-the-art program.

There's somewhat of a perception that if you're an online student, you really are not connected with the facility. We work very hard here at Anna Maria College to have a direct line with the faculty. We have a direct line with the students. We have a tremendous amount of resources that we offer the student to be successful.

I as the dean take it really personally that the students do really well. And if I've had a conversation with a student that's just starting this online journey, an educational journey, I'll call them after their first class directly to say, hey, how you doing? There's no room for error in fire science and Anna Maria College prepares you for that.


Faculty from the Front Lines

What makes the best online fire science degree? The experience and expertise of faculty. While the Anna Maria Campus is based in Paxton, MA, the online format of the B.S. in Fire Science courses allows experienced fire service leaders to teach you the profession wherever you choose to learn. They've served on the front lines and share their expertise in how to combine practice and theory. No other online fire training 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 fire science bachelor 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 through our online fire training program to 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 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 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 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 in Paxton, Massachusetts 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 B.S. in Fire Science program featuring core courses based on the FESHE National Professional Development Model. 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 that make up the fire science bachelor degree program 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 Commission of Higher Education, one of seven 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 fire science degree online 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 a Program Manager 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.

Anna Maria College was approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in SARA, and became a SARA institution in 2021. At this time, only California is not a member state. If you reside in California and are interested in taking an online class at Anna Maria College, or for more information about our participation in SARA, click here​.