2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Fire Science Degrees

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These 21 schools offer affordable online fire science bachelor's degrees, with annual tuition rates below $19,000. Ranked #1, Columbia Southern University has the most affordable tuition for only $6,600 per year and offers three bachelor's degrees in fire science. Waldorf University ranks #5 and offers the most programs in fire science, including Bachelor of Science Fire Science Administration and Bachelor of Arts Emergency Management/Fire Science. Western Illinois University's Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Services - Fire Administration Option offers classes such as Fire Investigation and Analysis and Disaster and Fire Defense Planning.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,600
#2 #2 Fayetteville State University Annual Tuition $7,806
#3 #3 Idaho State University Annual Tuition $8,006
#4 #4 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,370
#5 #5 Waldorf University Annual Tuition $8,700
#6 #6 College of Southern Nevada Annual Tuition $9,086
#7 #7 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $9,700
#8 #8 Western Illinois University Annual Tuition $10,041
#9 #9 Salem State University Annual Tuition $10,312
#10 #10 Eastern Oregon University Annual Tuition $10,440
#11 #11 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Annual Tuition $10,800
#12 #12 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Annual Tuition $11,250
#13 #13 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,000
#14 #14 Anna Maria College Annual Tuition $12,300
#15 #15 Point Park University Annual Tuition $12,990
#16 #16 Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $13,230
#17 #17 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $13,860
#18 #18 University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $15,000
#19 #19 Kaplan University Annual Tuition $16,695
#20 #20 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Annual Tuition $18,596
#21 #21 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $18,906
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • 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: $7,806
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • 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: $8,370
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • 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: $9,086
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $9,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Concepts of Emergency Medical Service; Crisis Intervention; Emergency Medical Response Planning; Fire Service Administration & Management; Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials
  • Annual Tuition: $10,041
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • 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: $10,312
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $10,440
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • 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: $11,250
  • 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: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • 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: $12,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • 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: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Management Principles; Public Administration; Urban Management
  • Annual Tuition: $13,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • 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: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival; Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection; Codes & Inspections; Fire Investigation; Fire Prevention Organization and Management; Fire Related Human Behavior
  • Annual Tuition: $16,695
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, NEASC CIHE, and DEAC
  • 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: $18,596
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • 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: $18,906
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • 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
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