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Bachelor of Science in Fire & Emergency Services

Why choose an online Fire and Emergency Services Degree?

Start on your own action plan and strengthen your potential. Grow in ranks and prepare for career advancement with an online Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services.

Earn a B.S. in Fire & Emergency Services

College of Design, Construction and Planning; M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Degree Type
Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services
Diploma Title
Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services
Transcript Title
Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Major Fire and Emergency Services

Will My Credits Transfer?

Today’s fire & emergency services industry is demanding higher levels of education and training from our nation’s leaders in first response and disaster management. UF’s online degree in Fire and Emergency Services (FES) is designed for emergency services professionals who desire an increase in managerial responsibility and leadership skills. Our FES program is unique in that it offers a combination of Fire Science, EMS and Emergency Management courses designed to meet your professional aspirations.

Earning a degree in fire science & emergency services opens the door to a variety of rewarding careers, as well as a unique opportunity to help protect the public by minimizing danger through leadership in the public or private sector of emergency services. Graduates can find jobs at the local, state and national level of government, insurance companies, industry and other areas. Through our FES program, students earn an accredited Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services from industry-recognized faculty.

Fire & Emergency Services Specializations

Students majoring in our Fire & Emergency Services degree can choose one of the following three specializations:

Fire Management

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Emergency Medical Services Management (EMS)

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Emergency Management

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Read more about our specializations.

Note that the degree program does not certify you as a firefighter or provide you with EMS certification, but rather prepares you academically to manage fire, EMS or emergency management agencies.

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Bachelor’s of Science Fire & Emergency Services Degree Career Tracks and Opportunities

What professions will a degree in Fire and Emergency Services prepare me for?

  • Fire Department Management
  • Emergency Medical Service Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Insurance Companies
  • Federal Government including DHS, FEMA, HHS, DOT
  • State Government
  • Private industry such as oil companies, industry management, and business

Please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or Career One Stop for additional suggestions on further career pathways and opportunities.

The University of Florida also offers an Online Master of Fire and Emergency Sciences/Disaster Management through the Rinker School of Construction Management

Learn more about the online Masters in FES Program

What are the admissions requirements for a Fire & Emergency Services major?

Freshmen & Lower Division Transfer Applicants

Note: The Fire Specialization only admits upper division transfer applicants. Freshmen and lower division transfer applicants may apply to the EMS and Emergency Management specializations only.

Upper Division & Second Bachelor's Transfer Applicants

Upper division transfer applicants (students with 60 or more college credits earned) and Second Bachelor's degree seeking applicants should meet the following criteria for admission to each specialization (Fire Specialization, EMS Specialization, and Emergency Management Specialization):

  • Must have 2.3 overall GPA.
  • Needs 60 transferable credits to qualify, but AA not required.
  • Must have certification, internship experience, or elective courses in area of interest or relevant professional experience

Available specializations for Upper Division Transfer applicants:

  • Fire Specialization
  • EMS Specialization
  • Emergency Management Specialization


  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • Unsuccessful attempts in prerequisite courses may lower competitiveness.
  • Unsuccessful attempts in additional courses in the desired major may lower competitiveness.
  • Out of state courses used to meet prerequisites may need to be evaluated by the appropriate department upon admission.

**Applicants to all specializations can transfer in a maximum of 18 credits of Fire and Emergency service electives from prior industry specific programs.

Tuition Rate for non-Florida Residents

UF Online tuition and fees for out of state students admitted to the Fire & Emergency Services program are $352.62 per credit hour ($300 in tuition + $52.62 in fees). Visit UF Online's Tuition and Fees page for additional information.


At the University of Florida, our passion goes beyond our walls — and so do our opportunities.

Offered by the Rinker School of Construction Management in the College of Design, Construction and Planning, the UF Online Fire and Emergency services program offers a unique opportunity to increase your level of leadership and exposure to safety awareness. Students earn a regionally accredited online degree at their convenience for a fraction of the cost of comparable degree programs.

Designed for students whose commitments make traditional campus attendance impractical, our online program stands at the forefront, providing flexible academic options with the same elite faculty and rigor that makes us a leading university and top research institution. We connect people with opportunities, remove barriers and set the standard for online higher education. UF Online graduates earn the same elite degree they would receive on campus, and they will be at the top of the list for the best employers in the country.