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Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire and Emergency Management

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Increasingly, first responders are expected to have strong training and education in handling catastrophic disasters and terrorist incidents, as well as typical emergencies. Purdue Global is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. The fire and emergency management degree program is designed for emergency services personnel who want to not only increase their occupational knowledge, but also their administrative and management skills. The degree program helps prepare students to face ever-evolving challenges in technology, human resource management, and fiscal responsibility.

Each term, fire science and emergency management students are assessed on their mastery of the course outcomes; this is done to measure the skills, knowledge, abilities, and behaviors employers expect. A summary of these assessments can be found here. For additional information related to prior learning credits transferred into the program, student success rate in courses taken, capstone survey results from students completing, and the number of graduates for the program, click here.

We partner with 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.


Purdue Global is Recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an Official FESHE Institution.

Our fire science program closely follows the FESHE model.

Official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Institution

Purdue Global is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. The fire and emergency management program closely follows the FESHE model.

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Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management Program Highlights

Since 1999, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) leaders have labored to produce a standardized undergraduate curriculum that is national in scope, content, and outcome. Fire-related and emergency management courses were developed for colleges and universities to use as a model when developing curriculum. All the courses share common titles, catalog descriptions, outlines, and content, which provide a national core of knowledge and competencies as suggested by FESHE. This degree program closely follows the FESHE model and is designed to:

  • Give graduates administrative and management knowledge as well as a solid baccalaureate foundation
  • Provide current information regarding technology, human resource management, and fiscal responsibility in preparation for leadership roles
  • Teach occupational and life safety awareness
  • Impart learning in ethics, global awareness, operations, psychology, and research methods
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Accelerated Master's Degree Option

Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Purdue Global master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree:

Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.

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Fire Academy and Fire Service Association Articulation Agreements

At Purdue Global, we value your experience. We work closely with fire academies and fire service associations to set up articulation agreements to help you receive credit for previously completed courses, professional learning, and certifications, allowing you to earn your bachelor’s in emergency management degree faster and save on tuition.

Articulation agreements help streamline the process for awarding credit for fire service–related certifications you may have already earned to be considered fit for duty. If you earned your certifications though 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 a Purdue Global degree program.

Eligible certifications include:

  • Fire Fighter II
  • Fire Service Instructor I, II, and III
  • Fire Officer I, II, and III
  • Hazardous Materials–Technician
  • And many more

Purdue Global also awards credit for professional coursework that has been reviewed by the American Council of Education (ACE). Organizations that offer ACE-evaluated training include:

  • Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI)
  • National Fire Academy (NFA)

Select International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) training programs and certifications offered through California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) and California Fire Fighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) are also eligible for credit. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Those who complete the program and earn their Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management can look to pursue managerial positions and leadership roles in fire and emergency services organizations and emergency preparedness agencies.*

Career opportunities may include the following:

  • Firefighters
  • Fire inspectors and investigators
  • Fire safety specialist
  • First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers
  • Fire department instructors/training officers
  • Emergency program managers/director
  • Emergency management coordinator

Please note that these roles may require additional work experience.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.


Start Date

April 18, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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September 19, 2018

Start Date

December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

This degree program focuses on new challenges in the field to help fire and emergency management professionals increase their occupational expertise. Courses include:

  • Emergency Management Response
  • Crisis Management in Terrorist Attacks and Disasters
  • Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS
  • Recovery Practices in Emergency Management
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits100
  • Open Elective Credits47
  • Total Credits180

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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Helpful Information

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional academy training and education may be required for firefighting or emergency management jobs.

Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy. Testing option may not apply to all courses.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.