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Fire Service Administration

The Fire Service Administration Program is no longer accepting new students.

After the current students finish the program, it will no longer be offered at WOU. For more information, please contact LaRon Tolley at 503-838-8697 or tolleyl@wou.edu.

FSA Basic & Advanced Institute, Degrees at a Distance Program

FSA Institute and Advanced Institute courses | FSA Degrees at a Distance Program (DDP) | Admissions information | Registration form | FSA degree requirements | Cooperative Agreement | Additional information?

A degree may enhance your ability to advance

The Higher Education Survey shows that many who have completed this degree have been promoted to administrative and supervisory positions in fire departments, forest service fire departments and private agencies. Experienced fire fighters with academic credentials are also prepared to serve as instructors in community college fire protection programs.

The Fire Service Administration Degree Program has been part of the WOU curriculum since 1979.

Fire Service Administration Degrees At A Distance Program

Don't have access to a traditional, campus-based program?

Then Western Oregon University's Fire Service Administration Degree Program is tailored for you. You may take a single course, complete a certificate program, or earn a bachelor's degree without ever traveling to our Monmouth, Oregon campus.

Our program makes available:

Fire Services Administration BA/BS Degree Requirements

Requirements provide for an upper-division major built upon the associate degree in Fire Science/Fire Protection presently available from many community colleges, and leads to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.


The 72-credit hour major includes:

  • 45 hours of required professional technical courses in fire protection and fire services administration
  • 24 hours of lower-division classes
  • 21 hours of upper-division classes
  • 27 hours in related social sciences and/or business courses
    Of the 72-credit hour total , 36 hours must be in upper-division courses.


A minor is optional for the FSA degree program. See the online WOU catalog for a list of accepted minors and requirements..

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum requirements:

View the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (55 credit hours of specific coursework)

Bachelor of Arts Degree - additional requirements:

  • Mathematics (Mth 105 or above) 4 credits
  • Computer Science (CS 101 or above) 2 credits
  • Foreign Language
    satisfied by completion through the 3rd term of the second year of
    college work in a second language.

Bachelor of Science Degree - additional requirements:
Mathematics/Computer Science/Statistics 12 credits

  • Mathematics (Mth 111 or above)
  • Computer Science (CS 121 or above)
  • At least one additional Mathematics, Computer Science or Statistics course to total 12 credits.

Western Oregon University operates on the quarter system

All course credits are reflected in quarter credit hours.

  • One semester hour is equal to 1.5 quarter credit hours.

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Admissions requirements and procedures

To apply:

  1. Complete and return an application for admissions and the required $60 non-refundable application fee or Oregon University System Request for Deferral of Application Fee for Admission. Apply online at wou.edu/apply.
  2. Have an official, complete transcript sent from each college or university attended. Send transcripts directly to:
    Admissions Office
    Western Oregon University
    Monmouth, OR 97361

Admission to the program is limited to those who have either:

  • Been awarded Firefighter II or equivalent by their state's standards and accreditation board, OR
  • Completed at least 24-credit hours of lower division fire science course work, usually through a community college.

Transfer students

Must show evidence of honorable dismissal from other collegiate institutions attended and meet the 2.0 GPA requirement. Students who have at least 36 credit hours to transfer from an accredited institution are evaluated only on college work (otherwise, high school transcripts are required).

Non-Admitted students

Anyone intending to seek a degree from WOU must apply for admission to the university. However, students may enroll in up to two Fire Services Administration courses per term without being officially admitted to WOU. These students are classified as "non-admitted" AND must officially apply for admission as soon as they decide to work toward the degree.

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Cooperative Agreement

The University of Alaska-Anchorage and WOU offer the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Services Administration (FSA) through a cooperative agreement facilitated by the Anchorage Regional Fire Training Center. Professional upper-division requirements can be completed by taking FSA Institute classes at the Anchorage Regional Fire Training Center and by completing Degrees at a Distance Fire Service correspondence courses through WOU. UA-A offers other required courses, credits for which may be transferred to WOU as residence credits.

For more information

Contact us for further information about the Fire Service Administration Degree Program. We'll also be happy to mail you a Western Oregon University admissions packet!

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Fire Services Administration 503-838-8690 | or e-mail: fsa@wou.edu

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