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Fire Administration Degree

The only program of its kind in Rhode Island.

Leadership, communication, and an understanding of the law are exactly the skills that will set you apart through PC’s degree in Fire Administration. Whether you are an experienced firefighter, or just entering the field with an associate’s degree, our program is designed to elevate you to the next level. Plus, our B.S. in Fire Administration is among only a handful of programs nationwide recognized by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network — part of the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.


Our graduates build critical leadership skills and are versed in the most current safety principles to reduce loss of life and property. Building on students’ foundation of coursework taken at area community colleges, the PC Fire Administration degree provides in-depth preparation in fire prevention, risk reduction, community education, and management to start you on a path for advancement to officer positions and other leadership roles.

Sample courses

  • Community Risk Reduction
  • Fire Prevention
  • Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection
  • Personnel Management
  • Fire Research

Additional details regarding the curriculum can be found on the catalog site.

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Leo Kennedy ’05 

B.S. Fire Science 

Deputy Chief & EMS Director, Cranston, R.I., Fire Department

A veteran firefighter, Leo Kennedy ’05 was looking for a challenge. He wanted to pursue a degree that would strengthen his 25-plus years of experience and advance his career in an environment that accommodated Leo’s unique needs as an adult learner.

“SCE took me to a whole different level. It prepared me to walk into a new job with more confidence. The quality of the education was exceptional.”

What You Can Do With a Fire Administration Degree

A B.S. in Fire Administration from Providence College will jumpstart your fire and emergency services career and help you advance to leadership positions. Graduates are well prepared for careers as firefighters, fire investigators and inspectors, or fire specialists in industry. A bachelor’s degree is particularly important for those interested in supervisory positions such as battalion chiefs, assistant chiefs, deputy chiefs, and fire chiefs.

A Fire Administration degree can also open doors to jobs in emergency medical services (EMS), emergency management, homeland security, and forensics.