Online Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration – Executive Fire Administration

Advance your skills in emergency management and planning with a Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration with a concentration in executive fire administration. In this program, you’ll learn how to manage the budget and personnel within your fire services department, as well as how public policy can reduce risk for entire communities.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 11

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 33

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What will I learn in an executive fire administration master’s program concentration?

In this master’s degree in public safety leadership and administration with a concentration in executive fire administration, you’ll learn to navigate fire and emergency services as a manager to reduce risk and preserve the safety of the communities your fire services division protects. You’ll also study a variety of topics, such as:

  • Emergency services operations analysis.
  • Fire and emergency services innovation.
  • Function and impact of budgeting and finance.
  • Leadership and program evaluation.

How is this master's in fire administration different from a fire science degree?

 

Prepare to become an agent of positive change within a fire service department. This program differs from a traditional fire science degree because of its specialization in administration and leadership. In this program, you’ll gain the skills needed to effectively organize and lead a team in a fire department, including public policy and administration, data analysis and organizational leadership. 

Will this master's degree prepare me to be a fire chief?

 

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be armed with the knowledge and skills needed to become a senior leader in the fire service, which includes the role of fire chief. Public safety administration leaders manage and coordinate the delivery of emergency response services. These professionals work behind the scenes to enable fire, police and other crisis response workers to provide effective, life-saving support to communities in need. 

Will my diploma say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Your concentration in executive fire administration will appear on both your diploma and transcripts.

Executive fire administration degree concentration courses

As part of this master’s program, you’ll take courses covering a variety of topics, from organization behavior to public policy and finance. You’ll also complete courses within the executive fire administration concentration. This program culminates with a capstone course, in which you’ll complete an applied project of your choosing.


Core

Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation


Core

Executive Leadership Principles in Public Service


Core

Organization Behavior


Core

Public Budgeting and Finance


Core

Public Human Resource Management


Concentration

Community Resilience


Concentration

Emergency Services Operations Analysis and Planning


Concentration

Leadership for Innovation in Public Fire Services


What can I do with a fire administration degree concentration?

Graduates with a master’s in public safety leadership and administration with a concentration in executive fire administration degree are well-equipped to drive innovation from the upper levels of fire service in federal, state and local fire departments and emergency management agencies. Potential careers for graduates include, but aren’t limited to:

Fire inspector

Fire investigator

Fire prevention and protection engineer

Firefighter supervisor

Municipal firefighter

Join leaders in fire management and public safety

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.
  • Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Join leaders in fire management and public safety

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.
  • Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

How to apply

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Application requirements

Nationally recognized public service programs

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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