Fire Services Administration

Program Description Type Degree
Fire Services Administration, A.S.DegreeA.S.
Fire Services Administration, B.S.DegreeB.S.

Educational Goal

As a result of rapid changes in firefighting and the administrative duties currently experienced in the field, academic degrees are available to those who have chosen firefighting as a career, to enhance their knowledge base as well as to prepare them for organizational leadership positions.

The National Fire Science Curriculum Committee (NFSCC) of the United States Fire Academy Fire and Emergency Service Higher Education (FESHE) is working to attain the following objectives:

  1. Creation of degree programs that teach critical thinking skills by requiring a significant number of general education courses rather than mostly fire science courses;
  2. Development of associate degree programs that are transferable to baccalaureate programs;
  3. Establishment of a model fire science curriculum at the associate level that universally standardizes what students learn and facilitates the application of these courses toward certification goals; and
  4. Collaboration between fire certification and training agencies and academic fire programs.

Advising Information

The Associate of Science in Fire Services Administration degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Fire Services Administration include general education and major courses. Students with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science/Technology may be eligible to utilize up to 60 lower-division credits from their AAS to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Fire Services Administration degree. Contact Rachel Azzarito at 208-373-1760 or for additional requirements and information. 

Students in the bachelor's program must be affiliated with a fire department in order to the complete the internship requirement. The internship is required for those with less than five years in fire services. 

This program requires students to achieve certain grades in order to advance each semester. Specific information is available in the major academic plan (MAPs). All fire services administration courses are live-online. Students must have minimum computer requirements as listed in the program information provided at

Course sequencing should be arranged to meet individual needs. In addition to other degree requirements, 36 credits of general education are required for this degree program. There are some general education classes that serve as prerequisite requirements for some fire services administration courses. As such, students are strongly encouraged to make an advising appointment with Rachel Azzarito at 208-373-1760 or for more information. 


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