2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Fire Science Degrees

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The 22 schools on this list offer affordable online fire science degrees. These degrees all have an annual tuition below $22,000, with 17 schools reporting annual tuitions under $14,000. Affordable online fire science degrees are available at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels. Our #1 ranked school, Columbia Southern University, offers three bachelor's degrees in fire science for only $5,040 per year.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online fire science degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable fire science schools below or read our full methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Fire Science Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $5,040 Fire Science Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#2 #2 Albany State University Annual Tuition $5,239 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 Fayetteville State University Annual Tuition $7,653 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#4 #4 Idaho State University Annual Tuition $8,006 Fire Science Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#5 #5 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,235 Fire Science Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
#6 #6 Waldorf University Annual Tuition $8,550 Fire Science Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#7 #7 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,360 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#8 #8 Eastern Oregon University Annual Tuition $9,810 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#9 #9 Western Illinois University Annual Tuition $10,041 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $10,050 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Annual Tuition $10,800 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#12 #12 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Annual Tuition $10,950 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 Park University Annual Tuition $11,070 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 Anna Maria College Annual Tuition $12,000 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#15 #15 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,000 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#16 #16 Point Park University Annual Tuition $12,360 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#17 #17 Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $12,900 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $13,320 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#19 #19 Kaplan University Annual Tuition $16,695 Fire Science Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#20 #20 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Annual Tuition $18,135 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 #21 University of Houston-Downtown Annual Tuition $18,315 Fire Science Degrees: Bachelor's
#22 #22 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Annual Tuition $21,120 Fire Science Degrees: Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,040
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,239
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 20%
  • Example Classes:
    Fire Services Special Project; Natural Science, Math & Technology; Quality Management Systems; Small Business Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,653
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Fire Administration; Fire Investigations; Fire Prevention Organization & Management; Fire Service Ethics; Fire Service Personnel Administration; Firefighter Fitness and Wellness
  • Annual Tuition: $8,006
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,235
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • 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 Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Fire and Emergency Services Administration; Fire Related Human Behavior; Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services; Terrorism Incident Management and Emergency Procedures
  • Annual Tuition: $9,360
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Analytical Approaches to the Fire Service; Applications of Fire Research; Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection; Principles of Emergency Management; Psychology of Disaster

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • 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 (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,041
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $10,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival; Building Construction for the Fire Service; Emergency Management Strategies and Communications; Fire Investigation; Fire Related Human Behavior
  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $10,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Principles in Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival; Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection; Disaster Planning and Control; Fire and Emergency Services Administration; Fire Protection Structures and Systems; Fire-Related Human Behavior
  • Annual Tuition: $11,070
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Politics; Emergency Management; Geography of Terrorism; Homeland Security; Media and Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • 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 (1)

Online Master's Degrees (2)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $12,360
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Communicating Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency; Fire Prevention Organization and Management; Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection; Special Employee Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $12,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Management Principles; Public Administration; Urban Management
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $16,695
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Fire Behavior and Combustion; Fire Prevention Practices; Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services; Research Analysis for Fire Emergency Services; Strategy and Tactics
  • Annual Tuition: $18,135
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Active Fire Protection; Command and Control of Major Disasters; Engineering Economics; Fire Safety Engineering Problem Analysis; Industrial Hazards & Electricity; State and Local Government
  • Annual Tuition: $18,315
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Example Classes:
    Fire Protection for Power Plants; Human Factors in Fire and Safety; Offshore Safety and Inspection; Principles of Fire Protection Chemistry & Physics
  • Annual Tuition: $21,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Building Fire Safety; Explosion Protection; Failure Analysis; Fire Protection Systems; Industrial Fire Protection; Special Problems in Fire Protection Engineering
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