Fire Protection Administration

College of Justice, Safety and Military Science
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Degree Options

On-Campus Degrees

Online Degrees

Who Would be Interested in Fire Protection Administration?

Students with an interest in:

  • Fire science
  • Fire prevention
  • Becoming a career firefighter
  • Becoming an administrator within the fire service

Why Fire Protection Administration?

Degree Benefits

  • The Fire Administration is designed to provide you with a background in fire science, fire prevention, fire protection principles, as well as the administrative knowledge you'll need to be a leader in the fire services profession.
  • Our Fire & Safety degrees are accredited through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
  • EKU Fire & Safety programs have been taught for more than 30 years.
  • Students in our programs will begin taking Fire & Safety classes their very first semester at EKU.
  • Students will have an opportunity to attend and be involved in national conferences, including FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) and IAFC (International Association of Fire Chiefs.)


The fire and safety programs are housed in the Ashland Inc. Fire and Safety Laboratory. The facilities include a seven-room test burn building, fire chemistry and evidence inspection lab, fire extinguisher service lab, pump lab, sprinkler control valve room, and sprinkler flow room.

Learn from the Best

Faculty members in the fire and safety degree programs are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, research and dedication to the fire and safety fields. However, perhaps most importantly, the professors are especially dedicated to student success and are involved in every aspect of fire and safety.

Faculty are active in a number of professional organizations including:

  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • International Society of Fire Service Instructors
  • International Association of Arson Investigators

Independent Study & Internship Opportunities

All students in the Fire Protection Administration program will complete a Co-op as part of the program requirements.

Examples of past co-ops include:

  • Fire departments (small and large)
  • Fire Department New York City
  • Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta Fire Departments
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Federal law enforcement agencies: ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms) and FBI

Students can choose to work with a professor through an Independent Study, which allows them to pursue specific topics of interest.

  • Example: safety of space heaters
  • Several students' research has been published before they graduated and several have been accepted into the prestigious National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), where they work with the world's best fire researchers.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

Career Examples:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Safety Director or Officer
  • Building Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select Fire Protection Administration upon applying to the university.

Students will be required to take college algebra and chemistry as part of the program requirements.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • State Directors of Fire Training
  • Fire Chiefs
  • Deputy & Assistant Fire Chiefs
  • Fire Investigators
  • Fire Marshals
  • Plans Review Officers
  • Fire Inspectors

How Do I Get More Information?

On-Campus Program Information

Fire Protection Administration
Contact Jacinda Bertie or Rebecca Moore at: 859-622-6520 859-622-7873

Online Program Information 
Jordan Tayce, Online Enrollment Advisor

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?