Program Overview

Move off the front lines and scale the ladder of your career with Point Park University’s online Fire Service Administration concentration. The fully online Bachelor of Science in Public Administration — Fire Service Administration degree offers fire service professionals the skills and tools needed to move beyond entry-level positions and become leaders in fire service, in a flexible online format designed to meet the needs of busy firefighting professionals.

Curriculum Overview

At Point Park University, theory meets reality in a curriculum designed by fire service professionals for fire service professionals. Our professors have years of real-world experience that they bring to the classroom, so you can increase your knowledge of fire service techniques and understand modern public administration. Courses focus on relevant topics, including fire research, risk reduction and prevention management, while our partnership with the National Fire Academy also allows students to pursue unique opportunities in certification.

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  • Next Start Date:October 15, 2017
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:120
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$433
Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 Oral Communications and Presentation
  • ENGL 101 College Composition
  • UNIV 101 City-University Life
  • Explore the World – Choice 1
  • Explore the World – Choice 2
  • Investigative Science
  • Investigative Mathematics (MATH 150 Math Experience)
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People – Choice 1 (PSYC 150 Psych. Foundations)
  • Understand People – Choice 2
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate and Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology (CMPS 114 Problem Solving w/ IT)
  • Capstone

*Math course level dependent on results of placement exam.
**One Writing Intensive course in addition to ENGL 101 is required for graduation.

Departmental General Requirements (15 credits)
  • ENGL 121 Effective Speech
  • PSYC 203 Theories of Personality OR PSYC 210 Industrial Psychology
  • Choose any three (3) POLS OR ECON classes
Departmental Major Requirements (12 credits)
  • PADM 210 Public Administration
  • PADM 211 Principles of Management
  • PADM 214 Public Budgeting and Finance I
  • PADM 301 Methods of Public Management OR PADM 303 Policy and Decision Analysis
Fire Service Concentration Requirements (21 credits)
  • PADM 330 Fire and Emergency Services Administration
  • PADM 331 Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection
  • PADM 332 Fire Prevention Organization and Management
  • PADM 335/311 Personnel Management for Fire and Emergency OR Special Employee Relations
  • PADM 336 Communicating Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency
  • PADM 430 Applications of Fire Research
  • Any one (1) Public Administration Elective Class at 300+ Level
General Elective Requirements (30 Credits)
  • Electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s B.S. in Public Administration – Fire Service Administration program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree admission requires a satisfactory transcript from either a high school or postsecondary institution. Transcripts from postsecondary institutions must include a minimum of 12 earned credits or six months of training. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission by the program director based on additional information in support of the application.
  2. The University reserves the right to require an interview or supplementary materials for any applicant (degree or non-degree) and to use these as a means for making an admission decision.

Career Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for fire services managers was $46,320 annually in 2014. By pursuing further education, you gain the credential needed to be considered for a number of careers, including:

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