College of Arts & Sciences
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Fire Science and Fire Administration?
Fire Science is a great foundation for this degree and usually deals extensively with building construction, fire behavior, fire investigation, hydraulics, and fire protection systems.
Fire Administration focuses on preparing upper level administrators to deal with the demands of complex issues at the macro level. Areas of study include public administration, budgeting and finance, working with multiple levels of governance and in a variety of political environments, legal issues, human resource management, research, critical thinking, public speaking, emergency management, communication, analysis and synthesis of information.
Why should I choose the BS in Fire Administration offered by Bowling Green State University (BGSU)?
- Founded in 1910, BGSU is a four-year, public institution, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- More than 35 years’ experience in specialized education and training of emergency response professionals through our outstanding State Fire School http://www.fireschool.org
- BGSU is nationally recognized by US News and World Report for excellence in undergraduate teaching
- The FIAD degree is part of the highly-respected department of Political Science, in the College of Arts & Sciences
- Personalized, one-on-one advising to assist with academic planning, tuition benefits, and financial aid
- Classes are led by BGSU faculty and professional experts in the field
- No scheduled online meeting times means more flexibility
- Degree may be completed in 2-4 years, based on transfer credits and course load
- Peer support: the cohort-based model gives you the chance to network with peers, exchange ideas, and support each other’s progress
- Click here for more information about BGSU: http://go2.bgsu.edu/choose/about/
How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
Admission is limited to those with an earned technical and/or applied associate degree or equivalent and related work experience. Admission to the program is a two-part process: admission to BGSU, followed by application to the Fire Administration program. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the program.
I have an associate degree from a regionally accredited university. How will I determine what will transfer?
All transcripts will need to be officially reviewed by Registration and Records to find out exactly what will be accepted. This review takes place after you apply to BGSU.
I have an associate degree from a non-regionally accredited institution. Will that satisfy the entrance requirements?
BGSU, like other regionally accredited universities, cannot accept credit from non-regionally accredited schools.
I have a number of certificates, how will these apply?
If they are transcripted, they are probably part of your associate degree and will not be counted twice.
I have taken several State Fire School classes for credit– will they apply to the B.S. in Fire Administration?
The State Fire School classes are 1000 and 2000 level classes that cannot fulfill the core requirements of the 3000 and 4000 (Junior/Senior) level classes in the degree completion program. However, these credits can count toward the required technical cognate.
Is the entire degree online?
Yes. All classes are online. Some classes can be taken online or in classroom.
How can I find out more about the online format?
Click here to visit the Center for Online & Blended Learning for helpful tutorials about Blackboard and other information: http://cobl.bgsu.edu/ONLINE/student_res.php
What does a credit hour cost at BGSU?
Please click here for current tuition and fees: http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/bursar/
Scroll down to Distance Learning Undergraduate Fees.
How do I apply to BGSU?
Please click here to apply: http://go2.bgsu.edu/choose/welcome/?transfer
How can I get more information?
For more information please contact:
Ann Light: firstname.lastname@example.org 419-372-7895
Please click here for to request more information.