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Fire Science Management

Bachelor of Science

With this Momentum program, instead of attending classes, you’ll work with faculty mentors to demonstrate your mastery in one competency area and move to the next until you complete your degree. Learn more about Momentum.

The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Management provides the principles, theory, and practices associated with leading-edge fire science and management issues associated with tactical fire operations, fire safety, firefighting leadership, and community fire issues, among others. This online bachelor’s degree offers you a comprehensive education in fire behavior, suppression methods, protection, safety, and prevention, along with an emphasis on emergency and disaster management and response. This degree program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or public safety organizations.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Fire dynamics, combustion, and prevention 
  • Fire protection in building construction and hydraulics
  • Community fire mitigation and protection
  • Fire investigation, safety, research, regulations, and laws
  • Human resources management
  • Emergency planning and emergency management
  • Diisaster incident command
  • Hazardous materials managerial issues
  • Psychological and physiological human responses to disasters
  • Research, analysis, and writing

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Analyze the current and historical strategies, practices, and policies that guide the modern field of fire science.
  • Demonstrate the role of fire science personnel in leading, managing, and collaborating with colleagues, subordinates, constituents, and the community.
  • Apply theory and practical methods to issues in fire science.
  • Summarize the methods and resources needed to effectively manage fire services.
  • Examine assessment and planning tactics to improve organization and community risk management for fire services.
  • Describe strategies and methods to accomplish fire science operations.
  • Differentiate the various practices involved in fire science, their fundamental scientific principles, and their associated mitigation and response strategies.
  • Interpret the legal and regulatory duties and responsibilities that have an impact on the fire science field.

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • All Momentum programs require an associate degree or higher from an accredited college. If you do not have an associate degree, please contact an admissions representative to learn about other options for degree completion.
  • You will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.  

An APU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.

 
Momentum

Why study material you already know? With our Momentum option, you can focus on learning new competencies at your pace. We’ll work with you to apply your current knowledge and develop your personalized learning plan and course resources. Instead of attending classes, you’ll master new subject areas and move directly into the next without waiting for a new term to begin, with subject matter experts and a faculty mentor guiding you along the way.

Momentum programs are ideal if you’re highly motivated, have some expertise in your subject area, and can commit to 16-20 hours per week to your studies.

Visit our Momentum page for more details about competency-based education programs.

Momentum Pricing

Momentum programs are priced at a flat rate of $2,500 per 16-week term. This means, the more competencies you complete each term, the more you can save on the total cost of your degree. To make this cost effective, we recommend you complete no less than 15 competencies per term. At this time, Momentum programs are not eligible for financial aid including military TA or veterans benefits. You will be asked to pay the $2,500 with a credit card or check when you register for each term.

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Program Competencies

COLL300 - Research, Analysis, and Writing

FSMT102 - Fire Behavior and Combustion

FSMT188 - Fire Prevention

FSMT201 - Fire Protection Systems

FSMT210 - Fundamentals of Fire Protection

EDMG220 - Emergency Planning

EDMG230 - Emergency and Disaster Incident Command

FSMT287 - Fire Protection in Building Construction

FSMT289 - Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

FSMT311 - Fire Dynamics

FSMT320 - Fire Protection Structure and System Design

FSMT321 - Community Fire Mitigation and Protection

EDMG330 - Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials

FSMT340 - Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation

FSMT362 - Fire Administration and Finance

  • FSMT362A - Fire Department Management

    Define the elements of effective departmental organization including the training and skills necessary for management of a department and to support the certification process.

  • FSMT362B - Budget Planning and Risk Reduction

    Identify the roles of the community and fire personnel in the budget planning process  and in addressing risk reduction.

  • FSMT362C - Fire Management Trends

    Explain the concept of change and the importance of communications technology, fire service networks, and the internet for conducting problem-solving analysis and understanding and managing trends.

FSMT405 - Fire Safety and Risk Regulation

  • FSMT405A - Fire Safety Officer

    Outline the role of a safety officer, how the origins of the job influence its current operation within fire departments, and the functional need for a safety officer in the fire service.

  • FSMT405B - Safety Issues and Readiness

    Explain the safety issues, safety readiness, and importance of including safety in training and education programs of a fire department.

  • FSMT405C - Fire Service Safety Investigations

    Identify the need for an investigation of a fire service death or injury and determine a plan for sharing lessons learned from the investigation.

FSMT410 - Fire Regulation, Policy, and Law

HRMT407 - Human Resource Management

  • HRMT407A - Compensation and Benefits

    Develop a comprehensive compensation and benefits program for an organization.

  • HRMT407B - Retention Program

    Compare and contrast various appraisal methods and employee rating scales to develop an effective retention program.

  • HRMT407C - Successful HR Program

    Utilize external factors such as collective bargaining procedures, safety in the workplace, and global recruiting strategies, to create a successful human resource program for an organization.

PSYC431 - Psychology of Disaster

FSMT475 - Applications of Fire Research