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Hear instructor Lonnie Inzer and Training Chief Randy Callahan explain how this online fire and emergency management degree gives you the advanced training you need to become a skilled leader.

Earn your fire and emergency services bachelor's online

Personnel in fire and emergency services have a long and proud history of providing communities with a wide variety of fire protection, fire prevention, emergency medical, and emergency preparedness services. These organizations need capable leaders with advanced administrative training. If you are looking for an emergency management degree or fire administration degree to help take your career to the next level, this online bachelor's program will help you get there. Build upon your technical training and gain the education and skills you need to take on a wide variety of leadership roles.

A bachelor's degree helps you advance

A bachelor's degree in fire and emergency services administration can set you apart and increase your opportunities for promotions. Most high-level positions, including company officer, lieutenant, captain, district officer, battalion chief, deputy chief, and department chief officer, require a bachelor's degree at minimum. These positions require you to think critically and strategically. Earning your degree helps you develop a broad knowledge base that will aid your decision making in a variety of complex situations.

Gain strategic leadership skills

This online emergency and fire administration degree program challenges you to develop knowledge and abilities that will serve you in your career and in your life. By teaching you to effectively communicate, think critically, and lead strategically, it provides a broad spectrum of insight that sets you up for success regardless of where you are in your career — be it at the entry or senior level.

Through case studies and analysis, this program challenges you to effectively integrate academic knowledge into administrative and managerial roles, collaborate with peers to solve organizational problems, and apply your knowledge, skills, and competencies to fire and emergency service situations. Courses taught by experienced practitioners in the field help you develop skills that can be applied directly to your job. Improve your knowledge and skills in:

  • Personnel administration
  • Financial management
  • Emergency management
  • Program evaluation

"The classes that are offered at Colorado State are completely applicable to day-to-day operations of the fire department. It's opened my eyes to theories and ideas of how local government works, how federal government works, and how fire service really works overall. This degree helps me become better at my career and my profession, and has allowed me to express myself in a way that I couldn't articulate before."

— Ralph King, online FESA student

Watch these videos to hear more of what CSU's online students say about their learning experiences.

Study at a pace that fits your life

Professionals in this industry often require schedule flexibility. This online fire and emergency management degree program allows you to watch lectures and complete assignments at times that fit your busy life. Read more about how online learning works with CSU.

In addition to earning your fire and emergency services administration degree, you have the option to further specialize your knowledge with a degree minor. Choose from nine minors, including:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Gerontology
  • Global and Environmental Sustainability
  • Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
Curriculum Open Accordion

Requirements to Graduate

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree.
This includes:

  • 42 upper-division (300-400 level) credits
  • 30 upper-division credits completed through Colorado State University

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:

CSU's composition requirement should be met in your first semester after admission. Transfer students must satisfy CSU's admission requirement in mathematics.


You must take the 11 core FESA courses for a total of 37 credits. The remainder of the credits needed for graduation can be satisfied with transfer coursework and electives in accordance with the credit totals described in the program requirements and departmental and university policies.

You are encouraged to design a program of study choosing electives that complement your professional interest areas and career status. Elective seminar (FESA 492) and independent study (FESA 495) opportunities are provided to allow you to apply professional experience to learning activities.

The curriculum listed below is intended to inform prospective students about the overall theme of the program and should not be used as an example program of study. Students need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program. You have the option to use the TransferologyTM website to conduct a self-review of your potential transfer courses. This tool will assist you in seeing how your previous college coursework may transfer to CSU.

Core courses (37 credits)

Select 6 credits from the following:

(non-selected FESA courses can be taken toward the total elective total)

Degree Minors Open Accordion

Grow your knowledge and focus on a topic that interests you. A degree minor can help you discover new passions and talents, and further specialize your education so you become more marketable to employers. Relevant courses often apply to both major and minor requirements, so a minor can be added without greatly changing your degree plan.

Courses already taken can apply to a minor regardless of when the minor is added to your student record. All minor requirements must be completed prior to graduation.

Undergraduate Minors

Agricultural Business

Build knowledge of production management, financial management, marketing management, international development, and trade through an agricultural lens. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following


Get a cross-cultural view of humanity and the broadly conceived dimensions of human behavior. You have the option to focus your anthropology studies on one or more sub-disciplinary divisions, including physical anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, or applied anthropology. To earn the minor, you must complete 22 credits from the following courses:

Business Administration

Computer Science

Add to your knowledge base and feel confident working with fields like computer programming, software development, cyber security, and more.

Required Lower Division Courses

Select one course from the following

Required Upper Division Courses

  • CS courses numbered 300 or above (12 cr.)

Program Total Credits: 24

Please note: Additional Math courses may be required depending on the 300/400 level courses that students choose.

Creative Writing

Explore creative writing in one or more of the following genres: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. In addition to broadening your writing repertoire, gain workshop experience at an advanced level. To earn this minor, you must complete a minimum of 21 credits in courses with E or CO subject codes, with at least 15 upper-division credits.

Required Courses

Select one group from the following


Upper-Division Electives


Gain insight into current socioeconomic problems in the areas of resource allocation, inflation, unemployment, income distribution, environmental degradation, international trade, and monopoly power. This minor prepares you for careers in business management, teaching, government, banking, and public policy. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:


Prepare for a variety of careers in gerontology and develop an understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of adult development and aging. This interdisciplinary minor prepares you to fill the need for well-trained professionals to support aging adults, and can be paired with any CSU major.

Required Courses

Electives (3-6 credits)

Global and Environmental Sustainability

Prepare to meet today's pressing environmental challenges with this interdisciplinary minor offered by The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). Explore innovative research to understand how to solve problems that arise between humans and the environment. To earn your minor, you must complete 21 credits (12 upper-division credits) from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select one course from each group (A-D)

At least 3 credits must be upper-division (300-400 level). Courses may not satisfy two groups.

Group A: Society and Social Processes (select one)
Group B: Biological and Physical Processes (select one)
Group C: Economy and Profitability (select one)
Group D: Skills (select one)

Upper-Division Elective – select 3 upper-division credits from categories A-D with a subject code not previously taken (3 cr.)


Expand the breadth of your knowledge by earning an undergraduate minor in history. Choose from a range of courses based on your interests. This minor may be particularly useful for students who plan to pursue careers in education, public service, government, museums and archives, law, and other professions that require skills in research, writing, and the analysis of information. To earn the history minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses. (Note: You must complete at least 12 upper-division credits and 9 lower-division credits).

Select any 9 credits from the following

Select any 12 credits from the following


Growing and managing plants requires you to understand the science and the business of cultivation, and this online bachelor's degree minor emphasizes both. To earn the horticulture minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses.

Required courses (14 credits):

Select two courses (for a minimum of 7 credits) from the following:

Interdisciplinary Global Studies

Develop an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and peoples with courses in international and global history, politics, languages and cultures, economics, and environmental issues. To earn this minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

  • GR 100 – Introduction to Geography (3 cr.)
  • INST 200 – Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Studies (3 cr.)
  • INST 301 – International Studies Research Methods (3 cr.)

Select four courses below

One course from each category, 12 credits total with at least 9 credits in upper-division (300-400) coursework.

History, Politics, and Society
Languages and Cultures
Economy and Environment

Interdisciplinary Information Science and Technology

This interdisciplinary minor is sponsored by departments in different colleges across CSU: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, English and Journalism and Media Communication. The program is designed for students seeking a broad foundation in information technology, but not seeking to major in a specific information technology-related field. The program requires 21 credits and is open to students majoring in any field other than computer science, computer information systems, and electrical and computer engineering.

Required Course

Elective Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Program Total Credits: 21

Note: Nine credits must be from upper-division courses. A minimum of six credits must be completed from at least two subject codes.

Machine Learning

Media Studies

Understand the role and influence of mass media in American society and other cultures by studying media and film history, criticism, law, ethics, social effects, cultural consequences, and multicultural and international media issues. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Political Science

Gain a foundation in political theory and prepare for careers in law, teaching in the social sciences, journalism, and public service. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select six credits from the following

Select nine credits of upper division classes from the following

Science Communications

The minor in Science Communication is designed to educate highly qualified communicators who have interests in specialized academic disciplines and career fields. Because science often involves complicated research and processes, communicating the results of that work requires special skills. This program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of niche career opportunities in media, corporate communication, science-related industries, and scientific environments.

Required Courses

Select two courses from the following:


How to Add a Minor

Please connect with your assigned advisor to request to add a minor. Note that you must apply and be admitted to the University for a bachelor's degree program before you can add a minor to your student record. Once you are admitted, one or more minors may be added to your student record.

Undergraduate Certificates

Spanish for Animal Health and Care

For students interested in working in animal science, veterinary medicine, or related fields, this certificate program teaches intermediate-level Spanish for use in agricultural and animal care settings. Learn to communicate in Spanish about livestock, equine, and small animal breeds, give directions for animal care and handling, issue instructions for safety and drug administration, and more.


Seed Science and Technology

Prepare for a career as a seed analyst with online courses in seed technology. These courses, led by Colorado State University and supported by three other major universities (Iowa State University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Kentucky) and the Crop Science Society of America, offer a comprehensive overview of seed analysis, a technical skill requiring patience, attention to detail, and a scientific understanding of seed biology. After completion, you will be prepared to complete the examinations to become a Registered Seed Technologist.


Note: Additional study and testing is required to become a Certified Seed Analyst or Registered Seed Technologist.

Career Opportunities Open Accordion

Did you know that to become a fire chief, you need to have a bachelor's degree? There are many other opportunities for career advancement and promotion for you after completing this program as well. The skills and expertise you acquire can be applied immediately to your job, and help you work toward a higher-level position.

You will gain the skills and knowledge you need to assume administrative, management, and leadership positions in a wide variety of fire protection, prevention, emergency medical, and emergency preparedness services. With an understanding of the evolving requirements of emergency services and a solid base in planning, evaluation, and oversight, you will be prepared to advance to management and administrative roles in the fire and emergency services as:

  • Fire chiefs
  • Company officers
  • Public administrators
  • Fire marshals
  • Educators

This degree completion program is beneficial to you if you have an interest in fire and emergency services and want to increase your opportunities for raises and promotions. You will receive a well-rounded background in emergency services, which can help you earn an administrative professional position within your fire or emergency services field.

Frequently Asked Questions Open Accordion
Do I need previous coursework or experience for this degree?

Yes, a working knowledge of fire and emergency services provides an important base for understanding terminology and concepts utilized in course content. Most students in this program have an EMT certificate and/or have completed fire academy. A fair amount have been a first responder for many years before coming to our program and continue in their jobs while working on their FESA degree.

How much time will I need to dedicate weekly to my studies?

The amount of time you will spend weekly depends on the amount of coursework you commit to each semester as well as your learning and studying style. Although this degree offers flexibility, it still requires the same amount of work and time as an on-campus program. It is recommended to spend nine to twelve hours per week on a three-credit course.

How many credits can I transfer?

You can transfer a maximum of 64 credits from accredited community colleges or similar two-year institutions. Additional upper-division credits are also eligible for transfer consideration if they are from accredited four-year institutions. In some cases, credit from military, fire, and emergency service training may be transferred if that training carries a credit recommendation from the American Council on Education (ACE).

How long will it take me to finish the degree?

The length to graduation depends on how many transfer credits are brought in by a student and how many classes a student wants to take each semester. Since most of our students are working professionals, they generally take only one to two courses a semester. With the addition of transfer credits, most students can graduate in three to four years.

Will I receive an actual CSU diploma?

Yes, you will earn the same CSU diploma that an on-campus student earns. It will not say that the degree was online or distance.

Will there be interaction with other students and faculty?

Your interactions with the faculty depend on the specific course, but online courses do provide you with online office hours and email contact information as well as discussion board postings. You also collaborate on projects and exchange ideas with fellow classmates through email and discussion board postings.

Faculty Open Accordion
Lonnie Inzer

Lonnie InzerLonnie Inzer has been a college instructor, professor, department chair, and division dean over the last twenty eight years, having retired as a professor emeritus for Fire Science and Emergency Management from Pikes Peak Community College. He is the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management Deputy Chief. He is a retired Colorado Springs FD Fire Captain. He has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, and a B.S. from the Forestry and Natural Resources College at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Mary Sovick

Mary Sovick Mary Sovick is the owner of Fireline Training & Consulting, and developer of Ignite Your Writing training seminars. She is a retired firefighter from South Metro (Denver) Fire Department and an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy. Mary is a member of IAFC Professional Development Committee, Colorado Fire Training Officers Association, American Society of Training and Development, and the National Fire Academy Alumni Association.

She completed a master's degree in education with a focus on adult education and training from Colorado State University, as well as a master's-level certificate in technical communications from University of Denver. Her professional services include presenting Ignite Your Writing seminars, teaching adult instruction workshops, speaking at regional and national conferences, providing program development services, editing various fire department projects and emergency operational plans, and consulting with fire departments for development and evaluation of written components of promotional exams and assessment centers. Mary has written extensively on the need to elevate writing standards and skills in the fire service.

Warren Jones

Warren Jones Warren Jones is a retired fire chief and chief executive officer of the Evans Fire Protection District, Colorado. Prior to his service with the district, he served six years as fire chief for the City of Evans and 27 years with Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado. In his 30+ years of fire and emergency services experience, Chief Jones has worked in all areas of fire service, including operations, training, administration, fire prevention, and emergency management. He has extensive ICS experience in many ICS positions, and has served as the incident commander of large fires, hazardous materials incidents, and natural disasters. He is a member of the Eastern Colorado Type III Incident Management Team.

Warren attended Colorado State University for his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. His Ph.D. is in education and human resource studies. He very much enjoys teaching for his alma mater in a field he has been in for years.

Dennis Himstedt

Dennis Himstedt D.J. Himstedt has been in the legal and insurance industry since 1977. After earning his Juris Doctor from Denver University, he worked as an attorney for the prestigious firm of Prior Carney & Johnson, where he focused on defense litigation in medical malpractice and bad faith. In 1986 he became staff counsel for CIGNA Insurance with Florey Associates, providing legal opinions on coverage, workers compensation, and bad faith cases. In 1987, he decided to launch his own private investigations firm, with an emphasis on personal injury defense investigations and product liability. Currently, he is the president of Legal Investigations Inc., located in Denver, Colorado.

D.J. was a Fire Chief for Indian Foothills Volunteer Fire Department, and also an EMT. While on the fire department, D.J. earned an associate's degree in fire science technology, completed the National Fire Academy's Chief Officer Training Curriculum, and attended sessions at the NFA. He has taught classes in emergency vehicle operation to volunteer departments across Colorado, and has lectured at various state and national fire conferences.

Marion Blackwell

Marion Blackwell Chief Blackwell began his fire service career as a volunteer in 1979 with the Chesnee, South Carolina Volunteer Fire Department. He served as Fire Chief there from 1991-1996. After that, Chief Blackwell changed careers and became a police officer with the City of Chesnee. He was soon appointed Police Chief. Chief Blackwell has also held positions as Fire Chief at Athol, Idaho Fire Protection District, Assistant Fire Chief with Pantex Fire Department in Amarillo, Texas, and Fire Chief with the Northern Lakes Fire Protection District in Idaho. In 2007, Chief Blackwell was appointed Fire Chief of the Stillwater, Oklahoma Fire Department.

In 2011, Chief Blackwell was appointed as Fire Chief of the Spartanburg, South Carolina Fire Department, where he currently serves. He has a Ph.D. in fire and emergency management administration from Oklahoma State University, M.S. in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University, B.P.S. in fire administration and fire prevention from University of Memphis, and A.S. in criminal justice from Spartanburg Methodist College. He also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program with the National Fire Academy. In addition to his education, Chief Blackwell has been conferred the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence and granted Fellow status with the Institute of Fire Engineers.

David Becker

David Becker David S. Becker started his EMS career in 1975, and has been a licensed paramedic since 1977. He currently serves as the immediate past chair of the emergency medical services section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. For the past 20 years, he has served on the executive committee.

Chief Becker has been an adjunct faculty member for Colorado State University, teaching online EMS Management, since 2008. He works full time as faculty member for Columbia Southern University in EMS Management and EMS Administration. Prior to this he was an EMS program director for Sanford-Brown College in St. Louis. Chief Becker worked for 22 years in fire service, including 15 years as a Chief Officer.

In 2006 he was appointed to work on the Educational Standards Project as the Core Content Leader for Operations through a project for NHSTA. He currently is a member of the 2017 Scope of Practice Expert Panel, and recently served on the NHTSA/NASEMSO Project on Evidence-Based Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for EMS. He currently serves on three other national committees, including: CoAEMSP, CAAHEP, and EMS Management Degree Curriculum Development for FESHE at the National Fire Academy.

His education includes a master's degree in health services management, and he is a licensed nursing home administrator in Missouri. Chief Becker is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

James Reid

James ReidJim was born in Redwood City, California in 1961. Upon graduation from Sequoia High School in 1979, he relocated to Denver, Colorado where he worked until he joined the United States Air Force in 1980. He held a range of positions from firefighter to fire chief. Jim also negotiated fire protection contracts for remote satellite tracking stations around the globe. He retired from the United State Air Force in 2000 as a First Sergeant.

In 2000, Jim became the Fire Marshal for the town of Monument, Colorado. He updated and modernized its fire inspection program, using digital photos to show actual fire code concerns. Jim also worked toward stopping the use of wood shingle roofs in this heavily urban-wildland interfaced community.

Jim became El Paso County Fire Marshal in the rank of Commander with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in 2003, where he was responsible for the Office of Emergency Management. During his tenure, he brought in several million dollars of Homeland Security funding to the South Central Region (consisting of the City of Colorado Springs, and El Paso, Teller, Park and Lake Counties) for emergency response. He was the Agency (county) Representative for the Type 1 team response during the Waldo Canyon fire. He became a sworn officer after graduating the law enforcement academy. He also successfully worked with the state legislature to revamp waste tire regulations, and chaired the State Waste Tire board for four years.

Since 2013, Jim has been Executive Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) for El Paso County. He is still responsible for the Office of Emergency Management, and oversees recovery efforts of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires. Jim has established an academy for entry-level highway candidates and a mechanized wildland fire team under the DPW umbrella.

Jim holds an A.A.S. in fire science, A.A.S. in personnel management, B.S. in organizational management, and is a graduate of the National Executive Fire Officer program.

Kevin Milan

Kevin MilanKevin Milan is an Assistant Chief with South Metro Fire Rescue in Colorado, with more than 25 years of fire service experience in roles from firefighter through battalion chief. His experience with emergency service training is highlighted with a six-year tenure as division chief of training, and a director for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program, and possesses Chief Fire Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Kevin holds a Ph.D. in fire and emergency management from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science in executive fire service leadership. He is past president of the Colorado Training Officers Association, Colorado Instructor of the Year in 2015, State Advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a Governor's appointee to the Colorado Fire Safety Advisory Board, and recipient of two NFA outstanding research awards.

Randy Callahan

Randy CallahanRandy Callahan started his fire career in 1979. He has diverse experiences which include volunteer, industrial, combination, and career fire departments. Originally from Michigan, Randy spent twenty-three years at Poudre Fire Authority (PFA) in Fort Collins, Colorado. During his time at PFA, he served as a firefighter, driver/operator, captain, and shift battalion chief. He retired as PFA’s Training Chief in 2017 where he was responsible for training, education, and certification programs for PFA employees.

With a commitment to lifelong learning, Randy has earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies from California State University – Long Beach (2009), a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University – Global Campus (2013), and a Chief Fire Officer Credential – Center for Public Safety Excellence (2016). Since his retirement from PFA, Randy has served as Interim Fire Chief for Boulder Rural Fire Rescue, next to Boulder Colorado, and as Interim Fire Chief for Colorado River Fire Rescue on the western slope of Colorado. In each of these roles, Randy assisted in finding permanent fire chiefs for the respective agency.

Larry Grosse

Larry GrosseLarry Grosse, Ph.D., began his fire service career as the organizer and manager of five volunteer fire departments for the Texas Youth Council facilities. During his tenure as the Chief of Construction for the Texas Youth Council, he was certified as an Advanced Fire Prevention Inspector by the Texas Commission on Fire Prevention Personnel Standards and Education. After completing a bachelor's degree in architecture, he became licensed by the State of Texas as an architect. He returned to school and completed a Master of Science degree in construction management and a Ph.D. in urban and regional science, from Texas A&M University. His dissertation: Fault Tree Analysis of the High-Rise Hotel Fire Refuge Concept, was the catalyst to his research focus on smoke movement and detection. He led a research team at Texas A&M University that helped define the updated smoke detector requirements for residential occupancy. Dr. Grosse was an invited member of the National Smoke Detector Project sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He has authored, co-authored, and contributed chapters to eight books that relate to fire-safe building design and smoke movement and detection, in addition to contributing to a number of peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Grosse served as a charter member of the National Fire Academy adjunct faculty, where he worked on a team that developed three courses offered by the National Fire Academy. In his role as an NFA adjunct faculty member, he taught the courses to fire personnel in 38 states.

For 15years, he served as a professor and department head for the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University, then 12 years as a professor and department head of the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University. In this role, he created the Fire and Emergency Services Administration online degree program at Colorado State University. Since his retirement from CSU, he has continued to teach and serve as a program coordinator for the FESA program.

Kurt Keiser

Kurt KeiserKurt started as a career industrial firefighter for Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 1974. He promoted through the ranks to fire chief in 1996. In 2003, he was hired as the fire science program coordinator/assistant professor for Colorado Mountain College (CMC). In 2013, he left CMC to be closer to his grandchildren in Fort Collins. In addition to being a career firefighter and educator, he has served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 43 years, and is currently the Deputy Fire Chief for the Gypsum Fire Protection District in Gypsum, Colorado. In 2016, he served as the Interim Fire Chief for the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, in Eagle, CO while they completed a search for a permanent chief. He has been a guest instructor for the Duneland School of Emergency Response (1999-2007, Chesterton, Indiana), the Front Range Flammable Liquids School (2003-2012, Commerce City, CO), and the Annual Industrial Fire School, Texas A&M University (2005-2017, College Station Texas.) Kurt is a life member of the National Fire Protection Association and the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association. He attended the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Annual Conference from 2003 to 2014, and has been a member of the International Fire Chiefs Association since 1996. Kurt has earned degrees from Indiana Vocational Technical College, Purdue University, and Southern Illinois University.

Hear from Our Students Open Accordion

Hear about our students' experiences with online learning, the skills they gained from the FESA program, and the opportunities for career advancement that came from earning a degree.

Ralph King

See how earning a degree allowed Ralph to follow in his father's footsteps, climbing the ranks in one of the busiest fire departments in the country.

C. Kimball

"I gained a focused, structured view inside the fire service, with all its moving pieces including policy, legal, HR, budget, project management, communications, etc. Because of that, I now approach my job with a more holistic understanding of the necessary web of support offered by Fire Administration. I learned the value and importance of the other players throughout the organization. FESA is a great blend of solid instruction, interesting and beneficial coursework, amazing advisors, a school with an established pedigree, and one that wouldn’t break the bank as I worked toward my degree."

M. Malone

"I have a better understanding of how emergency services organizations function in a "big picture" sense. The FESA program provided me with a well-rounded education pertaining to emergency services management. I feel better prepared to take on new challenges and positions within my current job. The instructors are top-notch, the program is well organized, and the online degree route is flexible for full-time workers in emergency services."

Why Choose CSU? Open Accordion

As a student in CSU’s online fire and emergency services administration bachelor’s program, you receive a quality education and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on campus. Additionally, you can expect a program that offers:

  • Professional Applicability: This program allows you to apply your professional experience to your coursework through an independent study and seminar, and also teaches you concepts that can be applied directly to your job.
  • Career Development Opportunities: Build upon your technical training by gaining the education and skills you need to take on a wide variety of leadership roles. In a highly competitive field, a bachelor’s degree can set you apart and increase your opportunities for advancement. Many officer-level positions require a bachelor’s at minimum.
  • A Customizable Curriculum: This program allows you to choose courses that best suit your educational and professional goals.
  • Convenience and Flexibility: Professionals in this industry often require schedule flexibility. The online delivery method allows you to watch lectures and complete assignments at times that fit your busy life.

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How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester January 1
Summer semester May 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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Planning to transfer credits from another college or university? Please review our FAQ page, then complete a Tentative Transfer Evaluation Form to see how your prior credits may transfer.

1 Review Admission Requirements

  • Previous college credit must be transferred into the online Fire and Emergency Services Administration bachelor's degree completion program, and minimum credits required can vary depending on previous coursework completed.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA (2.5 cumulative GPA preferred) from all coursework previously completed*
  • Satisfy admission requirement in mathematics
  • High school graduation or equivalent

* A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted is the threshold for consideration. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 should be prepared to demonstrate academic success in the form of an upward GPA trend and no D/F grades in their most recent terms.

Additional information may be required for international applicants. Please connect with a coach to learn more.

2 Talk with a Student Success Coach

Call or email our student success team to find out if the program is a good fit for your goals. Our coaches are available Monday-Friday to help you find the right program and navigate the application process.

Student Success Coach: Terrance Dickens
Phone: (970) 698-7337

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3 Complete Online Application

Complete Colorado State University's online undergraduate application and pay the $50 nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online) or waiver (if eligible).

  • Select "Fire and Emergency Services Administration—online degree program" when choosing major.

Online applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on the deadline date. If you miss the application deadline, you may still register for courses to begin your program of study as a non-degree student. Students seeking Federal financial aid must be admitted prior to enrolling.

4 Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use FAFSA code 001350. Additional financial aid information is also available.

5 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and may take up to six weeks during high volume application periods.

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Program Details

$476 per credit
Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration
Time Frame
Can be completed in 2 years

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1
Summer semester
May 1

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