2020 Most Affordable Online Fire Science Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

The 20 schools in this list represent the most affordable options for obtaining an online bachelor's degree in fire science. Columbia Southern University is the #1 school on the list, offering a tuition rate of $6,900 annually. In the #2 spot is Pierce College at Puyallup, offering a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire Services Leadership and Management for $7,064 per academic year. Classes for this program include Chemical Concepts with Lab, Disaster Planning and Control, Fire Service Ethics, Fire Services Administration, Personnel Management for the Fire Service, and Political & Legal Foundations for Fire Protection.

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
# 10 #10 University of Cincinnati $11,350
# 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

  • BS in Fire and Emergency Services
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Services - Emergency Management
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Services - Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Management
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Services - 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: 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: 2
  • 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: 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

  • BA in Fire Services Administration
  • BS in Fire Services Administration
#10
#10

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati (OH) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $11,350
Annual Tuition: $11,350
Annual Tuition: $11,350
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1350
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,455
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,731
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Community Paramedicine, EMS Administration, Fire & Emergency Services Administration, Fire Scene Reconstruction

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology
#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: 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: 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

  • BS in Emergency Medical Care - Fire Service
  • BS in Fire Protection Administration
  • BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology
  • BS in Fire, Arson and 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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