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Fire Service Management, BMS

Bachelor of General Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $272.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $345.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Fire Service Management Bachelor's of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) program addresses prevention and response issues in dealing with complex and critical scenarios that affect citizen safety and welfare.Students of the online Fire Service Management program will develop theoretical expertise in emergency fire response. Students also develop skills in:

  • Fire service/public safety personnel management
  • Management of physical and financial resources in the public sector
  • Risk identification and management
  • Effective public fire protection systems

The online degree program prepares students to assume leadership positions in the fire profession. The Fire Service Management program provides the knowledge necessary to pursue an advanced degree in Fire Protection and Technology, Emergency Management, or Public Administration. This program is aligned with the national curriculum model established by the U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Academy (NFA) and the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network. This coursework may apply to:

  • High school graduates, students with Associates Degrees in Emergency Management (EGMT), Fire Protection Technology (FPT), Emergency Medical Service (EMS), or other related fields
  • Current fire service personnel desiring promotion to decision-making positions within volunteer or professional fire departments
  • Students who are already employed in fire service, either professional or volunteer, but lack a four year degree and who do not have time to attend classroom instruction
  • Students who desire employment as emergency or risk managers in nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, or at any level of government
  • Mid-level or upper-level educators, administrators, or other management personnel that are assigned emergency and/or business continuity responsibilities within their school's or business's organizational structure
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Earned a high school diploma or GED

  2. Taken the SAT or ACT

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 1
Summer Semester
June 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 1000Introduction to Emergency Management3

Course Number: EMGT 1000

This course is an introduction to the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and their influence on modern community Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The course conceptually introduces the four phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

FSMT 1600Fire Chemistry3

Course Number: FSMT 1600

An introduction to chemistry, with emphasis on chemicals reacting to one another plus their reactivity to fire and fire extinguishing agents.

FSMT 2200Codes and Inspections3

Course Number: FSMT 2200

Fire protection requirements, including zoning laws and primary access routes for flammable and explosive materials will be discussed. Major considerations and rationales employed in the formulation and creation of zoning and building codes are examined and exploration and understanding of local, state and national codes are also introduced. Safety education program development and implementation, fire inspection techniques and fire investigation procedures are additionally covered. Prerequisites: EMGT 1000 Introduction to Emergency Management

FSMT 2300Fire Investigation3

Course Number: FSMT 2300

The origin and cause of fire and explosion incidents will be explored. Fire and arson investigation procedures such as on-site investigations and inspections, documentation, and fact gathering, collection of witness statements and canvassing, and procedures for gathering and storage of critical evidence will be presented. Legal and jurisdictional issues affecting fire investigation will also be discussed. Prerequisites: EMGT 1000 Introduction to Emergency Management

FSMT 2410Strategies and Tactics in Fire and Emergency...3

Course Number: FSMT 2410

Strategies and Tactics in Fire and Emergency ServicesThis course will provide examples of strategic and tactical considerations that members of the emergency services can employ during structure fires to include residential, commercial, high-rise, special hazard structures, and other types of emergencies like hazardous materials incidents, mass casualty emergencies, and technical rescues. Prerequisites: EMGT 100 Introduction to Emergency Managment

FSMT 3020Fire Dynamics3

Course Number: FSMT 3020

This course examines the underlying principles involved in structural fire protection systems, building furnishings, and fire protection systems including water-based fire suppression systems, fire alarm and detection systems, special hazard suppression systems, and smoke management systems. Prerequisites: FSMT 1600 Fire Chemistry

FSMT 3140Fire Related Human Behavior3

Course Number: FSMT 3140

The goal of Fire Related Human Behavior is to provide students with knowledge about how humans respond to fire and how that knowledge has been integrated into life safety systems design and development. Prerequisites: FSMT 2200 Codes and Inspections

FSMT 3350Fire Prevention, Organization, and Management3

Course Number: FSMT 3350

This course examines the factors that shape fire risk and the tools for fire prevention, including risk reduction education, codes and standards, inspection and plans review, fire investigation, research, master planning, various types of influences, and strategies. Prerequisites: FSMT 2200 Codes and Inspections

FSMT 3680Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection3

Course Number: FSMT 3680

This course examines rational decision making tools and techniques that can be used in Fire and Emergency Services agencies, including data collection, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, and cost-benefit analysis. Prerequisites: FSMT 2300 Fire Investigation

FSMT 4300Advanced Principles of Fire and Emergency...3

Course Number: FSMT 4300

Advanced Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and SurvivalThis course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral change within the emergency services industry relating to safety, incorporating leadership, supervision, accountability, and personal responsibility. Instruction utilizes the lessons learned from case studies and other investigations that support cultural change throughout emergency services administration. Prerequisites: FSMT 2410 Strategy and Tactics of Fire and Emergency Services

FSMT 4450Fire and Emergency Services Administration3

Course Number: FSMT 4450

This course provides students with the knowledge to understand how to help the fire and emergency services administrator perform as an effective risk manager by recognizing legal and political issues affecting public safety, finding and applying appropriate legal rules and/or political constructs, and articulating supportable conclusions and recommendations. Prerequisites: FSMT 2410 Strategy and Tactics of Fire and Emergency Services

FSMT 4860Applications of Fire Research3

Course Number: FSMT 4860

This course examines the basic principles of research and methodology for analyzing current fire-related research. The student will be able to understand the rationale that fire research organizations use for conducting fire-related research and evaluation. Prerequisites: FSMT 2410 Strategy and Tactics of Fire and Emergency Services

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
AVN 1160Aviation Transportation Safety3

Course Number: AVN 1160

This course provides the student with a detailed introduction to aspects of aviation safety as well as the associated components of flight human factors, aircraft technology, weather related accidents and accident investigation. Prerequisites: AVN 1000 Introduction to Aviation and Aerospace

AVN 4080Airport Security3

Course Number: AVN 4080

This course will explore the role of airports in relation to safety and security. Topics will include regulations, responsibilities, security issues, ramp safety, disaster preparedness, and emergency management. Prerequisites: AVN 1000 Introduction to Aviation and Aerospace and junior standing

AVN 8020Survey of Aviation Administration and...3

Course Number: AVN 8020

Survey of Aviation Administration and Transportation PolicyThe purpose of the course is to acquaint students with advanced concepts of aviation administration and the implementation of aviation policy within the pulic sector and to identify key concepts and critical issues both domestic and international. The primary focus is to explore the various affects that have resulted from the formation and enactment of major aviation and transportation regulatory issues. (Cross-listed with PA-8020.)

CRCJ 2030Police and Society3

Course Number: CRCJ 2030

This course is designed to present an overview of the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public. Prerequisites: CRCJ 1010 Survey of Criminal Justice, or instructor permission

CRCJ 4760Terrorism3

Course Number: CRCJ 4760

This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of terrorism as a political crime. It includes an examination of the social, political and psychological aspects of this behavior. Prerequisites: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ 1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4800Special Topics in Criminal Justice Cyber Crime3

Course Number: CRCJ 4800

This course is a topical approach that explores various aspects of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Topics and disciplines will vary from term to term. Course description will be announced in advance. This course will be devoted to the exploration and analysis of contemporary problems in the criminal justice system. On occasion the course may be offered in three one-credit hour modules and students may register for one, two or three credit hours. Prerequisites: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

CRCJ 4800Special Topics in Criminal Justice Counter Terrorism3

Course Number: CRCJ 4800

This course is a topical approach that explores various aspects of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Topics and disciplines will vary from term to term. Course description will be announced in advance. This course will be devoted to the exploration and analysis of contemporary problems in the criminal justice system. On occasion the course may be offered in three one-credit hour modules and students may register for one, two or three credit hours. Prerequisites: Upper-division CRCJ major; CRCJ minor; CRCJ1010 and jr/sr standing; or instructor permission.

EMGT 2020Emergency Management Strategies and Communications3

Course Number: EMGT 2020

This course covers tactical issues, current communication methods, and critical information channels utilized during actual disaster and emergency management field operations. Topics include inter-agency linkages, command and control tactics, National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System, (NIMS-ICS) and other crucial management requirements for successful disaster planning, mitigation, and recovery operations. Prerequisites: EMGT 1000 pre- or coreq.

EMGT 2050Political and Legal Foundations in Emergency Services3

Course Number: EMGT 2050

The provision of Emergency Services in contemporary society occurs within an environment of legal requirements and community resource allocation that often requires difficult administrative and political decisions. Successful professionals who control, manage, and operate these services must understand and adhere to the demand and intent of the law. Also, they must master the practical art of politics related to the various community constituents and shareholders who fund and support them, staff them, and utilize them. This course examines the legal aspects and social consequences of emergency management provision. Environmental issues and Occupational Health and Safety policy and programs affecting emergency services are also examined. Prerequisites: EMGT 1000 or taken concurrently with EMGT 1000.

EMGT 3080Federal and Agency Organization and Cooperation3

Course Number: EMGT 3080

Federal, state, and local agency cooperation and interoperability in the provision of emergency management will be studied in this course. Federal, state, and local government authority and roles will be explored in concert with collaborative management programs. The origins of collaborative partnerships will be presented along with introduction of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, development of volunteer networks, and formation of partnerships with the Citizen Corps, Community emergency Response Teams, the Medical Reserve Corps and Mercy Medical Airlift, and other groups that have the potential to contribute to the emergency management and response effort.   Prerequisites: EMGT 2020, 2050

PA 3180Elements of Public Management3

Course Number: PA 3180

This course is designed to provide a general and summary introduction of key aspects of public management. It will emphasize field and simulated problems as well as text and specialized readings. Prerequisites: PA 2170

PA 3600Personnel and Volunteer Management for Nonprofits3

Course Number: PA 3600

This is a required course for students in the Bachelor of General Studies Nonprofit Administration concentration. It examines the managerial practices and problems in recruiting, hiring and other staffing issues within nonprofit organizations. It also addresses issues of personnel leadership, accountability, and performance associated with working with volunteers. Prereq: PA 2170 Introduction to Public Administration and PA 3500 Nonprofit Organizations and Management. Or permission from the school. Not open to nondegree students.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $272.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $324.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $816.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $972.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $345.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $397.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1035.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1191.75

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