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Bachelor of Science in Fire Science

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If you are looking to pursue or advance your career in fire services, Purdue Global’s Bachelor of Science in Fire Science may help you reach your goal.* Purdue Global is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. The fire science degree program is designed to provide you with foundational skills in firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics.

Additionally, Purdue Global's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has received programmatic accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) for the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science.

Each term, students in the fire science bachelor’s degree program are assessed on their mastery of the course; 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 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.

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

Our fire science program closely follows the FESHE model.

Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science prepares graduates to pursue or enhance a career in fire services. The curriculum closely follows the FESHE model and the program is IFSAC accredited. Graduates of the bachelor’s degree in fire science program will have the opportunity to learn:

  • Analytical approaches to fire protection and investigation
  • Disaster and fire defense planning
  • Fire protection structure and system design
  • The role of the fire service within the community
  • Technical, legal, and social aspects of arson
  • The application of technology to firefighting
  • The psychological effects of fire dynamics
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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 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?

The degree serves fire service professionals seeking enhanced skills and a broad spectrum of knowledge in the field of fire science. It may be a good fit for individuals aspiring to the following roles*:

  • Firefighters
  • Fire inspectors
  • Fire investigators
  • First line supervisors
  • Managers of firefighters

The program can also help prepare graduates looking to pursue graduate-level education.

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How Do I Get Started?

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


Start Date

December 05, 2018

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February 27, 2019

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May 15, 2019

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July 31, 2019

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October 16, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science focuses on the foundational skills and knowledge relevant to the field. You'll have the opportunity to explore fire behavior, fire investigation and analysis, and safety risk management. Courses include:

  • 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
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits115
  • Open Elective Credits32
  • 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

Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.§

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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.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs.

§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.