Fire Science Management

Bachelor of Science

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 online degree program offers ideal preparation for careers such as fire chief, firefighter, forest firefighter, fire investigator, and related public safety jobs.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is 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

Courses in this degree program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or public safety organizations. View all courses.

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.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

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 admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.