A fire science degree is an academic degree offered by a college or university that prepares students with knowledge and skills related to fire science, emergency management, or firefighting.
Degrees in fire and emergency management include associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s level degrees. Some universities may focus more on fire science, while others focus on areas such as fire service, emergency management, and leadership.
The curriculum of fire and emergency management programs varies by institution. Some fire science programs focus on helping students gain an understanding of foundational firefighter skills, firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, firefighting strategy and tactics, in-depth knowledge of interagency coordination, arson investigation, leadership and management, legal aspects of emergency services, fire and EMS personnel management, and more.
The United States Fire Administration’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative works with 2- and 4- year colleges by developing a model curriculum, courses, syllabi, and content for associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs. Degrees in fire science can also be accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a programmatic accreditor of fire and emergency-related degree programs.
Purdue Global’s fire science degrees are accredited by IFSAC and recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official FESHE institution. Our undergraduate programs closely follow the FESHE national curriculum model.