Lead change and implement innovation in fire and emergency services organizations through the executive fire administration concentration of the online Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration (PSLA).
ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

The executive fire administration concentration is a part of the Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration is offered by the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online. The 33-hour program can be completed in as little as one year. A culminating experience is a required element in the program. These mentored, applied projects tie theory to practice. In doing so, they represent opportunities for students to make direct and positive impacts in their home communities.

Students pursuing the executive fire administration degree will have a practical understanding of technical, managerial and public policy aspects of fire administration and community risk reduction. The EFA curriculum includes public policy, budgeting and finance, emergency services operations analysis and innovation in fire and emergency services. Students have the flexibility to explore related topic areas such as emergency medical services, homeland security and emergency management.

The capstone applied project course allows students to apply concepts and methods learned in the PSLA program toward a solution to a practical fire service operational, fiscal, or public policy problem. EFA graduates will gain leadership skills to influence the future of fire service organizations. Individuals earning an PSLA are well prepared to perform managerial duties in federal, state and local fire departments, emergency management agencies, fire protection engineering firms, the insurance industry and related organizations.

In the PSLA program, students have the option to choose a concentration:

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Recent Faculty Highlights Include:

  • Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association
  • Director inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration

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Graduates with a Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration in executive fire administration have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list.


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

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice, public administration or public service, sociology or social work, public safety or fire service management, parks and recreation management, applied sciences or another closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Graduate application and application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Written statement
  • Evidence of current employment in an organization in this field or at least two years prior professional experience in this or a related field OR a bachelor's degree in a related area
  • Proof of English proficiency

Additional Admission Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The written statement, at least one page in length, should describe the applicant's educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy.

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