2020 Most Affordable Online Fire Science Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 2/7/2022
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 2/7/2022

The most affordable online fire science degrees — just like their more costly counterparts — are designed to prepare firefighters and emergency responders to advance into administrative and managerial positions in emergency medical services (EMS). Evolving forces, including climate change, are driving an increase in demand for highly trained professionals with bachelor's degrees to fill these roles. Following our ranked list of affordable online bachelor's degrees in fire science, we provide information on the degree, including money-saving options, the importance of accreditation, and possible career paths.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or see our Overall Most Affordable Colleges. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Columbia Southern University $6,900
# 2 #2 Pierce College at Puyallup $7,064
# 3 #3 College of Southern Nevada $7,190
# 4 #4 Fayetteville State University $7,556
# 5 #5 American Public University System $8,100
# 6 #6 Western Illinois University $8,883
# 7 #7 University of Florida $9,000
# 8 #8 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh $10,800
# 9 #9 Eastern Oregon University $11,340
# 11 #11 Liberty University $11,700
# 12 #12 Eastern Kentucky University $12,270
# 13 #13 Anna Maria College $12,300
# 14 #14 St. Petersburg College $12,773
# 15 #15 California State University-San Marcos $13,470
# 16 #16 Colorado State University - Fort Collins $14,280
# 17 #17 Point Park University $14,400
# 18 #18 Purdue University Global $16,695
# 19 #19 Salem State University $18,075
# 20 #20 Idaho State University $24,168
#1
#1

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach (AL)
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 14,364
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,670
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

">DEAC
  • Phone #: (251) 981-3771 x1278
  • Example Classes: Building Construction for Fire Protection, Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Behavior and Combustion, Fire Prevention Organization & Management, Fire Service Personnel Management, Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • B.S. Fire Administration
    • B.S. Fire Administration-Fire Investigation
    • B.S. Occupational Safety and Health-Fire Science
    #2
    #2
    Annual Tuition: $7,064
    Annual Tuition: $7,064
    Annual Tuition: $7,064
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 49%
    • Graduation Rate: 30%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 382
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NWCCU
  • Phone #: (253) 964-6500
  • Example Classes: Chemical Concepts with Lab, Disaster Planning and Control, Fire Service Ethics, Fire Services Administration, Personnel Management for the Fire Service, Political & Legal Foundations for Fire Protection

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire Services Leadership and Management
    #3
    #3
    Annual Tuition: $7,190
    Annual Tuition: $7,190
    Annual Tuition: $7,190
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
    • Graduation Rate: 12%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 6,420
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NWCCU
  • Phone #: (702) 651-5000
  • Example Classes: Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Investigation, Fire Protection Structures and Systems, Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services, Personnel Management for Fire and Emergency Services, Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration
    #4
    #4

    Fayetteville State University

    Fayetteville (NC)
    Annual Tuition: $7,556
    Annual Tuition: $7,556
    Annual Tuition: $7,556
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 34%
    • Acceptance Rate: 68%
    • Average SATs: 870 -1010
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,714
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 603
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (910) 672-1111
  • Example Classes: Advanced Fire Administration, Fire Investigations, Fire Prevention Organization & Management, Fire Service Ethics, Fire Service Personnel Administration, Firefighter Fitness and Wellness

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration (Degree Completion)
    #5
    #5
    Annual Tuition: $8,100
    Annual Tuition: $8,100
    Annual Tuition: $8,100
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 40%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
    • School Type: For-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268
  • Example Classes: Community Fire Mitigation and Protection, Emergency and Disaster Incident Command, Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply, Fire Protection in Building Construction, Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation, Psychology of Disaster

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Management
    #6
    #6
    Annual Tuition: $8,883
    Annual Tuition: $8,883
    Annual Tuition: $8,883
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 51%
    • Acceptance Rate: 60%
    • Average SATs: 950 -1150
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 589
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 472
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (309) 295-1414
  • Example Classes: Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection, Community and The Fire Threat, Disaster and Fire Defense Planning, Fire Investigation and Analysis, Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Services
    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Services - Fire Administration
    #7
    #7

    University of Florida

    Gainesville (FL)
    Annual Tuition: $9,000
    Annual Tuition: $9,000
    Annual Tuition: $9,000
    • Online Degrees: 4
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 88%
    • Acceptance Rate: 42%
    • Average SATs: 1310 -1470
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,029
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,401
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 392-3261
  • Example Classes: Applications of Fire Research, Command and Control at Catastrophic Fire-Rescue Incidents, Community Risk Reduction for Emergency Services, Fire and Emergency Services Human Resource Management, Management of Fire Prevention Programs, Public Safety Educator

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services
    • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services - Specialization in Emergency Management
    • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services - Specialization in Emergency Medical Services Management
    • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services - Specialization in Fire
    #8
    #8
    Annual Tuition: $10,800
    Annual Tuition: $10,800
    Annual Tuition: $10,800
    • Online Degrees: 3
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%
    • Acceptance Rate: 63%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 632
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 303
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (920) 424-1234
  • Example Classes: Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services, Conflict Resolution for Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services Management, Fire & Emergency Services Leadership, Fire Prevention & Risk Management, Mentoring for Emergency Management Personnel

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire and Emergency Response Management
    • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire and Emergency Response Management - Emergency Management
    • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire and Emergency Response Management - Fire Services Management
    #9
    #9

    Eastern Oregon University

    La Grande (OR)
    Annual Tuition: $11,340
    Annual Tuition: $11,340
    Annual Tuition: $11,340
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
    • Graduation Rate: 27%
    • Acceptance Rate: 98%
    • Average SATs: 930 -1145
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,365
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 131
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NWCCU
  • Phone #: (541) 962-3672
  • Example Classes: Advanced Aviation Management/Fire Suppression, Community Risk Reduction, Emergency Service Delivery, Multiculturalism in Emergency Services, Organization for Fire Protection, Principles of Emergency Service/Safety/Survival

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelors in Fire Services Administration
    #11
    #11

    Liberty University

    Lynchburg (VA)
    Annual Tuition: $11,700
    Annual Tuition: $11,700
    Annual Tuition: $11,700
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
    • Graduation Rate: 47%
    • Acceptance Rate: 30%
    • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,092
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36,337
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000
  • Example Classes: Administration of Fire & Emergency Service Organizations, Fire Prevention & Protection, H.R. Management in Fire Service Organizations, Leadership in Fire Service Organizations, Legal & Political Issues in Fire Administration

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • BS: Fire Administration
    #12
    #12
    Annual Tuition: $12,270
    Annual Tuition: $12,270
    Annual Tuition: $12,270
    • Online Degrees: 4
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
    • Graduation Rate: 45%
    • Acceptance Rate: 87%
    • Average SATs: 990 -1170
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,187
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,386
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (859) 622-1000
  • Example Classes: Advanced Explosion & Bombing Investigation, Applied Learning in Fire & Safety Engineering, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Fire Arson & Explosion Case Preparation, Hazardous Materials, Proving Criminal Acts

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care - Concentration in Fire Service
    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology
    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation
    #13
    #13

    Anna Maria College

    Paxton (MA)
    Annual Tuition: $12,300
    Annual Tuition: $12,300
    Annual Tuition: $12,300
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 46%
    • Acceptance Rate: 79%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 175
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 177
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NECHE
  • Phone #: (508) 849-3300
  • Example Classes: Disaster Planning and Control, Emergency Services Management, Emergency Services, Leadership and Administration, Fire Related Human Behavior, Human Resource Management for Emergency Services, Legal Aspects of Emergency Services

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
    #14
    #14

    St. Petersburg College

    Clearwater (FL)
    Annual Tuition: $12,773
    Annual Tuition: $12,773
    Annual Tuition: $12,773
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 73%
    • Graduation Rate: 33%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 10,306
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (727) 341-4772
  • Example Classes: Advanced Fire Administration, Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection, Chief Officer, Community Fire & Risk Reduction, Fire Prevention Organization and Management, Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • B.A.S. in Public Safety Administration - Fire Science
    #15
    #15
    Annual Tuition: $13,470
    Annual Tuition: $13,470
    Annual Tuition: $13,470
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
    • Graduation Rate: 54%
    • Acceptance Rate: 57%
    • Average SATs: 950 -1140
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 446
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 122
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">WSCUC
  • Phone #: (760) 750-4000
  • Example Classes: Fire Behavior, Fuels, and Resource Management, Firefighter Stress, Behavioral, and Mental Health, Human Impact on the Environment, Land Use Planning and Community Resiliency, Special Topics in Wildfire Science, Wildfire Law and Economics

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Wildfire Science
    #16
    #16
    Annual Tuition: $14,280
    Annual Tuition: $14,280
    Annual Tuition: $14,280
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
    • Graduation Rate: 70%
    • Acceptance Rate: 83%
    • Average SATs: 1070 -1290
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,253
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,492
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (970) 491-1101
  • Example Classes: Fire and Emergency Services Budgeting, Fire and Emergency: Legal Considerations, Fire Protection Through Model Building Codes, Industrial Processes and Fire Protection, Proposals/Reports in Fire Service Management, Structure Influence on Tactics and Strategy

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration
    #17
    #17

    Point Park University

    Pittsburgh (PA)
    Annual Tuition: $14,400
    Annual Tuition: $14,400
    Annual Tuition: $14,400
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: 60%
    • Acceptance Rate: 65%
    • Average SATs: 980 -1190
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 421
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 431
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">MSCHE
  • Phone #: (412) 391-4100
  • Example Classes: Communicating Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency, Fire Prevention Organization and Management, Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection, Special Employee Relations

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration - Fire Service Administration
    #18
    #18

    Purdue University Global

    Indianapolis (IN)
    Annual Tuition: $16,695
    Annual Tuition: $16,695
    Annual Tuition: $16,695
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 76%
    • Graduation Rate: 27%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28,447
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,331
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (317) 208-5311
  • Example Classes: Advanced Principles of Firefighter Safety and Survival, Fire Investigation and Analysis, Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services, Research Analysis for Fire Emergency Services, Safety Risk Management for Fire and EMS, Strategy and Tactics

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • BS in Fire Science
    • BS in Fire and Emergency Management
    #19
    #19
    Annual Tuition: $18,075
    Annual Tuition: $18,075
    Annual Tuition: $18,075
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 57%
    • Acceptance Rate: 82%
    • Average SATs: 1010 -1160
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 168
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 103
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NECHE

    Example Classes: Advanced Arson Detection and Prevention, Fire Service Law, Labor/Management Relations, Managing Community Based Fire Prevention Programs, Managing the Emergency Scene: Principles and Practices

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration
    #20
    #20

    Idaho State University

    Pocatello (ID)
    Annual Tuition: $24,168
    Annual Tuition: $24,168
    Annual Tuition: $24,168
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 36%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,032
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 876
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NWCCU
  • Phone #: (208) 282-2700
  • Example Classes: Building Construction and Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services Administration, Fire Dynamics, Fire Protection Systems, Legal Aspects of the Fire Service, Managerial Issues of Hazardous Materials

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Services Administration

    Overview of Online Bachelor's in Fire Science Degrees

    An online bachelor's degree in fire science is designed to enhance students' understanding of fire dynamics and emergency services administration. Core courses cover topics, such as fire behavior, fire prevention, building construction, and risk management. Electives provide deeper insights into topics including hazardous materials, public administration, homeland security, and fire protection systems. These programs are typically delivered as bachelor of science or bachelor of applied science degrees and require 120 credit hours to graduate. Most students take about four years of full-time study to finish, but a few colleges offer accelerated programs that may enable them to graduate sooner.

    The admissions criteria for fire science programs are similar to those of other bachelor's programs, usually requiring the submission of a high school diploma that shows a minimum GPA of 2.5 or 3.0. Some programs also require enrollees to have worked as firefighters or emergency responders for several years. Applicants who don't meet all of the requirements may need to complete one or more prerequisite courses before starting the program.

    If you're unsure about pursuing a fire science degree, you may want to consider programs in related fields. Learn more about online bachelor's degrees in emergency management, public administration, and homeland security.

    How Much Does It Cost to Get a Fire Science Degree?

    Earning a college degree can be expensive, but a distance learning program may be an effective way to save money. Some schools charge online students lower tuition fees and may even charge in-state tuition rates for out-of-state residents. Schools may also waive some additional fees for their on-campus services, and some fire science programs include textbooks in their tuition fees.


    The average annual tuition for the schools on our list is $11,916, as compared to the average annual tuition at four-year schools across the country, which is $25,362.


    Here are some additional ideas for reducing the cost of a fire science degree:

    • Complete your general education courses at a less expensive, accredited community college and transfer credits to a four-year university.
    • Take full 18-credit course loads at a school that charges a flat tuition fee for course loads of 12 or more credits.
    • Request a prior learning assessment, if available, to determine whether you can receive college credit for work or military experience.
    • Take advantage of school-provided military discounts and government-funded GI Bill benefits.
    • Investigate whether your employer is a learning partner at your school, as this may entitle you to a tuition discount.
    • Apply for all types of financial aid, especially scholarships and grants.

    For additional college affordability tips, check out How to Make College Cheaper or explore our full range of resources about paying for a college degree.

    Financial Aid for Online Fire Science Students

    Students enrolled in online fire science degree programs may be eligible for many types of financial aid. Examples include federal, state, and college grants and scholarships, which students prefer because they don't have to repay these funds. Student loans may also be offered as part of a financial aid package, but students should thoroughly review a loan’s terms before accepting one. Federal and state loans typically feature lower interest rates and more flexible repayment plans. Students can apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If they have questions about types of aid or aid packages, students should contact the financial aid office at their school.

    Fire science majors may also want to check with professional organizations as well as state and local community agencies for privately sponsored scholarships. For example, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation offers nine scholarships for associate and bachelor's degree seekers. The eligibility requirements and award amounts for these scholarships vary. Private scholarships usually require a separate application from the FAFSA, and application materials may include transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay.

    What Can You Do With a Fire Science Degree?

    The U.S., like so many regions around the world, is experiencing greater criminal activity and a growing number of natural disasters due to climate change. These forces are creating a growing need for college-educated professionals to assume leadership positions in fire safety and emergency response. Online bachelor's degrees in fire science help prepare graduates to assume these advanced roles, which include the following occupations:

    Fire Inspectors and Investigators

    Fire inspectors and investigators usually have firefighting experience and an associate degree or bachelor of science in fire science. Their work may involve searching buildings for public safety hazards and reviewing evacuation plans, or gathering evidence for fire and arson investigations. The median annual salary for fire inspectors and investigators is $64,610, and 1,700 new positions are expected to open annually between 2020-2030.

    First-Line Supervisors

    First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers are the highest-ranking officers in a fire department. They perform common managerial functions, including planning for resources, hiring and training staff, and monitoring budgets. Experienced firefighters usually need a bachelor's degree in fire science or a related field to obtain a position in fire service management. The median annual salary for this position is $78,870, and 5,300 job openings are projected each year through 2030.

    Emergency Management Directors

    Emergency management directors may work for state or local governmental agencies assessing potential hazards and formulating plans for emergency responses. If a disaster occurs, fire services administration coordinates with other local responders to implement their plans and oversee operations. Individuals usually need at least five years of related work experience and a bachelor's degree in fire science or emergency management to assume this role. They earn a median annual salary of $76,250, and 1,000 new openings are projected in the U.S. each year through 2030.

    Accreditation For Online Fire Science Programs

    Accreditation ensures college students receive a quality education that provides them with the skills, mindset, and knowledge they need to enter the workforce with confidence. Enrollment at an accredited college is also required to be eligible for financial aid, and it may be necessary for acceptance into graduate school. Colleges and universities typically earn regional accreditation, which indicates that an approved regional accreditation agency has evaluated all of their programs, faculty members, and student services. Alternatively, the Distance Education Accreditation Commission typically provides national accreditation status to schools that offer primarily online degrees.


    Students should check a school's accreditation status before applying by searching the U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) databases.


    The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), an accreditation agency authorized by CHEA, can grant programmatic accreditation to individual degree programs in fire science. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Recognition certificates (FESHE) to some programs. While both IFSAC accreditation and FESHE recognition indicate that a fire science program has been modeled on standardized education criteria set by emergency service sector leaders, it’s important to remember that employers don’t typically require either.

    Is an Online Bachelor's in Fire Science Worth It?

    Firefighters and emergency response workers who want to move into managerial positions must have a bachelor's degree in fire science. However, prospective students should carefully examine their personal circumstances to determine whether the degree’s expected value is worth the investment of money and effort. The following pros and cons may help students make this decision:

    Potential Benefits

    A degree in fire science helps graduates qualify for higher-paying positions. Fire departments are typically organized according to a hierarchical structure, and the higher-paying positions in management, inspection, and investigation require a bachelor's degree.

    Flexible online programs are well suited to working professionals. Firefighters often work 24-hour shifts that change from week to week, making it difficult to attend routine scheduled classes on campus. Asynchronous classes might make it easier for online learners to stay on track with their coursework.

    Potential Drawbacks

    Administrative jobs in emergency services can be dangerous. Commanding officers, inspectors, and investigators must work on-site at the scenes of fires, explosions, and other disasters. According to the BLS, these occupations have some of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations.

    The job market for leadership roles is competitive. Although the emergency service sector in the U.S. is calling for more college-educated professionals, the total number of job openings nationwide remains fairly small.

    An online degree may not be a suitable fit for all students. Despite the flexible schedule inherent in online learning, some students learn better in a face-to-face setting where they can easily share and discuss real-world situations. It's important to consider personal learning preferences when deciding whether to enroll in an online program.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Online Fire Science Degrees

    Can I Get a Fire Science Degree Online?

    Yes, you can study fire science fully online. Our list above features 20 of the cheapest online fire science degrees.

    Should I Get a Fire Science Degree to Be a Firefighter?

    No, becoming a firefighter does not require a fire science degree. Firefighters typically receive all the instruction they need at fire academies and through EMT and paramedic certifications and on-the-job training. Those who aspire to managerial positions, however, usually need an associate or bachelor's degree in fire science.

    Do Firefighters With Degrees Get Paid More?

    Firefighters with degrees may earn slightly higher salaries than their colleagues without degrees, but their annual salaries are still likely to be close to the median of $52,000, as reported by the BLS in 2021. However, a college degree, particularly in fire science, helps qualify experienced firefighters for positions in management — especially the highest ranks of assistant chief, deputy chief, and fire chief — and other specialized occupations related to emergency response services.

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