Advance through the Ranks in the Fire Service
Fire service is experiencing unprecedented growth. Across the country, emergency call volume is steadily increasing. At the same time, other essential duties related to community risk reduction and public health issues, such as the opioid epidemic and pandemic response, are being addressed using fire service resources. As agencies respond in support of these increasingly complex challenges, there is a strong need to have well-prepared and educated personnel within the leadership pipeline to fulfill supervisory- and executive-level administrative roles.
As an emerging leader, earning a bachelor’s degree is an excellent way to build a foundation to advance through the ranks of company and chief officer, or serve in prevention functions in the public or private fire service. Our B.S. in Fire Service Administration is designed to prepare students to lead progressive agencies into the future by focusing on academically challenging, authentic learning experiences addressing a wide breadth of contemporary industry topics.
Bachelor's CompletionThis program requires an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited college in Fire Science or a related field, and certification as an NFPA 1001 Firefighter II from a ProBoard- or IFSAC-accredited agency.
This program is designed for those who have established a foundational knowledge and will build upon what you’ve already through prior study and career experience.
- Fire Service Ethics
- Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services
- Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection
- Fire Prevention Organization and Management
- Personnel Management for the Fire Service
- Applications of Fire Research
- Fire and Emergency Services Administration
Updated January 2021. See catalog for full list of course requirements and degree outcomes.
Why Granite State College?
The Bachelor of Science in Fire Service Administration degree prepares fire service professionals with the leadership, management, and administrative knowledge and skills essential to advance in the fire service field. The program integrates knowledge and skills necessary to mitigate the ethical, moral, social, and situational challenges of fire and emergency services.
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College at any term during the year.
Our admission criteria includes:
- Completion of our free, online application for admission
- High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
- Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC
- Associate degree in Fire Science or a related field
- Certification as an NFPA 1001 Firefighter II issued by a Pro Board- or IFSAC-accredited agency
Professional licensure, certifications, or training may serve as a foundation to this degree, upon approval by Academic Affairs.