Associate of Applied Science 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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Program at a Glance
  • Purdue Global is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution.
  • The online fire science associate’s degree is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). 
  • Build foundational skills in firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics.
  • An internship option allows you to gain valuable on-the-job experience.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

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

Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Overview

Purdue Global’s online fire science associate’s degree serves fire service professionals seeking enhanced skills and knowledge as well as those interested in learning about the fire science field.

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science explores the technical and legal aspects of arson, the application of technology to firefighting, and the psychological effects of fire dynamics. Learn from professors who are experienced fire science professionals, bringing real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

Course Outcomes

Each term, fire science students are assessed on their mastery of the 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.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

FESHE logo FESHE Recognized and IFSAC Accredited

Purdue Global is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official FESHE institution, and this degree program closely follows the FESHE curriculum model. In addition, this degree program is accredited by IFSAC.

Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans can earn a degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Use our Military Transfer Credit Estimator to see how much of your training counts as credit.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the associate's degree program can pursue roles in fire and emergency services organizations and emergency preparedness agencies.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Judgement and Decision Making
  4. Operation Monitoring
  5. Coordination

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional academy training and education may be required for firefighting or emergency management jobs.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

We offer several options to help you earn your online fire science associate’s degree 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 associate’s degree.
  • Courses completed through the National Fire Academy may also be eligible for credit.

Get a Head Start on Your Bachelor's Degree

By completing your associate’s degree, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Transfer your associate’s degree into a Purdue Global fire science bachelor’s degree, covering half of the program’s requirements.

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.

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. Additional coursework addresses general literacy outcomes along with:

  • Analytical approaches to fire protection and investigation
  • Disaster and fire defense planning
  • Hazardous materials management
  • The role of the fire service within the community
Sample Courses
  • Fire Behavior and Combustion
  • Building Construction for Fire Protection
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Principles of Emergency Services
  • Strategy and Tactics
  • Fire Prevention Tactics
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits15
  • Major Credits60
  • Elective Credits15
  • Total Credits90

Ways to Save

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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.

View Criminal Justice and Fire Science Faculty Directory
grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

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

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

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

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