List of Fire Protection and Fire Safety Schools and Colleges

At the associate's degree level, the student is often a fire fighter or fire safety professional looking to update their knowledge and professional skills. At the bachelor's and master's degree levels, the student studies fire protection as it relates to the engineering of structures and vehicles.

Students considering an education in fire protection should think not only about the program level they want to pursue, but also the cost of enrollment and the quality of a school's fire-related equipment before making an academic decision.

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Ten Schools with Fire Protection and Safety Programs

The following schools offer degrees and certificates in fire prevention and safety technology and/or fire science.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-6)*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,381 in-state, $28,659 out-of-state
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $1,632 in-district, $3,360 in-state, $3,756 out-of-state
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-year, Public Associate's $5,138 in-state, $11,055 out-of-state
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $2,745 in-district, $5,235 in-state, $7,305 out-of-state
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $1,504 in-district, $3,184 in-state, $3,544 out-of-state
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $1,320 in-district, $2,064 in-state, $4,920 out-of-state
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $1,426 in-state, $7,366 out-of-state
Austin Community College District Austin, TX 2-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate $2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state

*Source: NCES College Navigator.

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for fire protection and safety schools:

  • When searching for a fire protection degree, the student should understand what he or she is trying to get out of a program. For example, many associate's programs are meant for working firefighters who want to improve their opportunities for career advancement.
  • Classes offered should include hazardous materials management, fire investigation, fire administration, hydraulics applications, fire protection principles and firefighter health.
  • Schools at all levels should feature state-of-the-art laboratories and computer technology.
  • Curricula should offer seminars with fire professionals and other hands-on learning opportunities.

Many community colleges offer associate's degrees in fire technology. Some may also offer one- or two-year undergraduate certificates, as well as bachelor's degrees.


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