I have done a lot of searching on the internet and these forums for master's programs in emergency mgmt/safety/fire administration and have come across good info on master's programs, but not much as it is a relatively new field. I am pretty settled on Columbia Southern University, but am looking for any other input fellow members have. I am also looking at APU, but CSU definitely has the edge over them, esp with national accrediation being much more widely accepted these days. I prefer not to take any entrance tests (i.e. gre), but am willing to consider any input.
My bachelor's is in public administration and I have considered an MPA, but I have a much better chance of getting tuition reimbursement through my employer with a degree more specific to my current job (firefighter/paramedic).
Check Grand Canyon
Also check Texas am commerce to see if they have a masters ;;
Also heard this is possibly reduced tuition and open to government employees , not sure if online??
NFA EFO program it is free!!!!!!!
Thanks for the info, I will check them out. I looked at the EFO, and may do it in the future, but as stated on their website "Firefighters, Firefighter Paramedics, Engineers, Drivers or Chauffeurs will not be considered as eligible in meeting the EFOP Service Requirement."
APU would be a better bet based solely on accreditation alone. National accreditation is not generally "as good" as a regional accreditation. I personally would stay away from nationally accredited schools unless you are strictly looking for the knowledge and maybe points/pay in your department. If you are looking to possibly use the degree outside the fire service, in another department, or the use it for further education, look for a regional school. Just my 2 cents from my personal research on the same topic and MPA search.
Thanks 53fireman. That was a sticking point, but I am about over it as my current employer specifically lists natl accreditation as acceptable, as do all federal agencies. CSU is also partnered with an amazing array of companies, such as Delta Airlines, and a lot of fire and sheriff depts. I actually had trouble finding anywhere that did not accept natl accreditation, and I believe that should only continue in the future. http://www.columbiasouthern.edu/Part...arningPartners
I like the program Grand Canyon has called the Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership. Very expensive school though...a single class would be more than my $2,000/yr tuition reimbursement. do you have any experience with them?
Originally Posted by fire49
A few of our people have or are going through and have heard nothing bad
You might call Nfa I know they change up things occasionally, they may let you in
Also the great state of Kentucky
Call and see what programs they have
I go with OSU (Oklahoma State University). It all depends on what you look for. Mi dept is a learning partner and mu current Captain is working on a MPA from CSU. To me, OSU FEMP is one of the best options available. But again, considering the benefits from CSU ($$, among others) that maybe your route.
Here is OSU's website http://femp.okstate.edu/