Online Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science

Additional academy training and education not provided by Purdue Global may be required for firefighting or emergency management jobs.

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34
Total Courses
$371
Cost per Credit
4 years
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Bachelor’s in Fire Science Overview

Come back and move your fire services career forward. Earn your bachelor’s degree and be ready to lead others, take on new opportunities, and make an impact in your community.

  • Build skills in firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of interagency coordination, fire incident command, arson investigation, and life safety education.
  • Complete an optional internship to gain valuable real-world experience.
  • Gain in-demand management, HR, marketing, and accounting skills with an optional concentration in business foundations.

Real, Proven Student Outcomes

Earn a degree you can be proud of — and that employers will respect. Each term, we assess fire science and emergency management students on their mastery of course outcomes, which measure the skills, knowledge, abilities, and behaviors employers expect. View a summary of these assessments.

For additional information related to prior learning credits transferred into the program, student success rates, capstone survey results, and the number of graduates for the program, view this document.

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See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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FESHE Recognized and IFSAC Accredited

Purdue Global is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution, and this degree program closely follows the FESHE curriculum model. In addition, this degree program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans, get the recognition you deserve and earn your degree faster. With our PME2Degree® program, you can turn your military and occupational training into college credit. How many credits have you earned?

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

In the first course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your degree plan with a faculty member to align your degree path with your career outcomes. Program curriculum focuses on:

  • Analytical approaches to fire protection and investigation
  • Disaster and fire defense planning
  • Community risk reduction
  • Fire protection structure and system design

Sample Courses

  • Advanced Principles of Firefighter Safety and Survival
  • Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS
  • Fire Prevention Organization and Management
  • Research Analysis for Fire Emergency Services
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Program Requirements

45
Core Credits
110
Major Credits
25
Elective Credits
180
Total Credits

Concentration Requirements

45
Core Credits
110
Major Credits
5
Elective Credits
20
Concentration Credits
180
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

We offer several options to help you earn your bachelor's degree in fire science online faster:

  • Articulation agreements with fire academies and fire service associations help you receive credit for previously completed courses and professional learning.
  • If you earned your certifications through an organization that is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or the Pro Board, including the U.S. Department of Defense Firefighter Certification System, you may be eligible to receive credit toward your bachelor’s degree.
  • Courses completed through the National Fire Academy may also be eligible for credit.

For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor. See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Alliances to Help You Save on Tuition

We partner with specific organizations, such as the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), to provide members, staff, and immediate family members a significant tuition reduction on our fire science degree programs.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing them separately. While you earn your BS in fire science, you can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in one of the following areas:

  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Educational psychology
  • Higher education
  • Homeland security and emergency management
  • Human services
  • Instructional design and technology
  • Legal studies
  • Psychology
  • Public administration

For accelerated master’s degree option details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor. See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Earn Credit for Prior Coursework and Experience

The average bachelor's degree student pays $15k and takes 2 years to complete their degree.

Get the Credit You Deserve

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

Prior Work Experience Reduction

You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Grants and Loans

Learn about federal and state grants and loan programs that may be available.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Undergraduate tuition savings for military include a 55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans.

Prior Military Experience

Earn credit for your military training. The average Purdue Global military student is awarded 54% of the credits needed for an associate's and 45% of the credits needed for a bachelor's.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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Career Opportunities

A bachelor’s degree can lead to leadership opportunities in the industry. In fact, departments may require candidates for positions higher than battalion chief to hold a bachelor’s degree in fire science or a related field to be considered for promotion.

Average Salary

Low

General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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That’s the Purdue Global Commitment.

Download the Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about the Online Bachelor of Science in Fire Science and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

Prepare yourself for success with a bachelor's degree in fire science.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

98%

Faculty members who have advanced degrees

51%

Faculty members who hold a doctorate

395

Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Your Path to Success Begins Here

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Bachelor's Completion Time and Average Net Price: The average completion time for Purdue Global online bachelor’s degree students who graduated in the 2022–2023 academic year was 2.3 years. Average net price reflects charges for all graduates, including those who transferred to Purdue Global, after application of scholarships, tuition reductions, grants (including federal Pell grants for undergraduate students), employer tuition assistance, and/or military tuition assistance. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2023.

Credit for Prior Learning: Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.

Credit Toward Master’s Degree: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about admissions requirements and transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.

Firefighting or EMS Jobs: Additional academy training and education may be required for firefighting or emergency management jobs.

Internship: The student is responsible for identifying and obtaining approval for an appropriate internship in his or her location.

Job Growth: Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Firefighters, www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/firefighters.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Tuition Reduction: Contact an Admissions Advisor for details. Tuition reduction may not be combined with Purdue Global tuition reductions or ExcelTrack® pricing.