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Fire and Emergency Services MPA Online Courses

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

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 MPA online degree 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.

Note: U.S. Fire Administration Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification waives MPA 502 and the Open Elective.

MPA Core Courses


Provides an overview of how a leader can address current and emerging human capital challenges to drive organizational transformation.

The study of the fundamental theory of the management development process and the analysis of employee behavior patterns.

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.

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.

Examines ethical principles as they apply to the many practical problems that confront criminal justice professionals in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Uses case studies to illustrate ethical reasoning and examine issues of social justice.

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.

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.

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 Specialization Courses


Covers the development, structure and 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).

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.

EPR 601, EPR 634, EPR 619, HLS 701, HLS 702, HLS 704, JAD 821, JAD 822, or JAD 840

*U.S. Fire Administration Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification waives MPA 502 and the Open Elective.

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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.

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.

Mid-Career Track Available

Students who have graduated from a qualified police or fire academy and work in a relevant field may be eligible to take the Anna Maria College Mid-Career Track for the Fire and Emergency Services MPA online, 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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