Earn your Fire Science Degree 100% Online

Take Your Firefighter Career Up a Notch

High-quality online education to give you an industry edge

The online BS in Fire Science from Anna Maria College prepares you to move up the ladder with a degree recognized by Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE).

Reach your goal of becoming a fire chief, investigator, educator, or other fire safety professional with this convenient, cost-effective, and flexible program that can be completed online in only two years.

To enroll, you’ll need:

  • An associate degree or at least 60 college credit hours
  • Successful completion of Firefighter 1 and 2 training programs

Our online bachelor’s in Fire Science program allows you to:

  • Transfer in up to 75 credits from past education, professional certificates, and work experience
  • Earn FESHE certificates for the qualifying fire science classes that you complete.

Making the decision to continue your education with an online degree from Anna Maria College is one of the best career moves you’ll ever make. In addition to career advancement and higher pay, you’ll enhance your critical thinking and research abilities, two vital skills that will help you succeed throughout your career.


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A Curriculum Designed on the Front Line

The fire safety faculty at Anna Maria University has years of experience serving on the front lines. They bring their expertise and insight to every course, giving you an opportunity to learn both practice and theory from professionals who have been in your shoes and who fill the roles you are striving toward today.

FRS 302 Emergency Services Management

Learn more about fire and emergency services management, including the importance of the skills necessary to effectively manage in an emergency services organization through the changes and challenges of the 21st century.

FRS 351 Disaster Planning and Control

Examine concepts and principles of community risk assessment, planning, and response to fires and natural and man-made disasters, such as civil disturbances, terrorist threats/ incidents, hazardous materials incidents, mass casualty events and earthquakes.

FRS 425 Emergency Services Budgeting and Finance

Learn the budgeting and financing process used to navigate an emergency services organizational budget, including types of budgets, budget construction and budget prioritization.

FRS 404 Fire Investigation and Analysis

Explore the technical, investigative, legal and social aspects of arson, including principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection, environmental and psychological factors of arson, legal considerations, and intervention and mitigation strategies.

Add on a master’s degree in just one extra year: Our Fifth-Year Option allows graduates of the online BS in Fire Science to earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in as little as one year.

Online Flexibility to Suit Your Schedule

With the flexibility and convenience of an online program, you’ll be able to better balance your studies with your work and family commitments. Each course is offered in an asynchronous, eight-week format, allowing you to complete your schoolwork on the schedule that’s right for you.

Pursue a Life-Saving Career

Preventing fires and disasters is as heroic as rescuing citizens in peril. With an online BS in Fire Science from Anna Maria College, you’ll build on your current skills as a firefighter to take on roles educating and engaging your community, working with the media, investigating potential fire-related crimes, managing employees, and anticipating and planning for disasters.

The median salary for a firefighter is $52,200.1 Fire investigators have a median salary of $62,1201 and fire chiefs’ median salary is $80,580.2

Your online BS in Fire Science from Anna Maria College will provide you with the knowledge and skills to obtain advanced career roles, including:

  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Prevention Educator
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire Service Trainer
  • Fire/Arson Investigator
  • Insurance Investigator

A Mission of Excellence

The mission of Anna Maria College is to foster our students’ intellectual involvement, career preparation, social awareness, dedication to justice and peace, religious and moral sensitivity, and to facilitate a lifestyle capable of sustaining these within balance.

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Sources and Disclaimer

  1. Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on November 1, 2021, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  2. “Average Fire Chief Salary,” Payscale.com. Retrieved on November 1, 2021, from https://www.payscale.com/.

Anna Maria College was approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in SARA, and became a SARA institution in 2021. At this time, only California is not a member state. If you reside in California and are interested in taking an online class at Anna Maria College, please fill out the request form to get in contact with a program manager.