Master of Public Administration:
Concentration in Fire and Emergency Management

In a study conducted by Firehouse Magazine, 93% of those interviewed said higher education was critical or very important in being promoted.  Our Master of Public Administration’s Fire Administration Concentration meets this demand and addresses the unique challenges faced by leaders in the fire service. Learn to run a fire department, set a public budget, manage human resources, and meet the ever-changing demands placed upon your fire department.

To complete this program, students must earn 33 credit hours. Eight core courses are required for all MPA students and provide the first 24 credit hours. Students then complete three additional concentration courses to earn the remaining 9 credit hours. Below is a sample of courses offered in this program. Note that courses may change occasionally and not all courses are offered each term. Contact us for a full list of current courses.

Required Courses (8 courses/24 credits)

  • PADM 6601 – Principles of Public Administration
  • PADM 6602 – Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • PADM 6611 – Research Methods in Public Administration
  • PADM 6620 – Personnel Administration and Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector
  • PADM 6625 – Administrative Behavior
  • PADM 6632 – Public Finance and Budgeting
  • PADM 6635 – Political Economy
  • PADM 6690 – Research Seminar

Fire and Emergency Management Concentration Courses

(below are some examples; confirm with your academic advisor)

  • PADM 6670 – Grant Writing in the Public and Non-Profit Sector
  • PADM 6674 – Public Leadership
  • PADM 6630 – Fiscal Management for Local Government
  • PADM 6661 – Problems of Metropolitan Areas
  • FIRE 6631 – Organization and Management of Fire and Emergency Medical Services
  • FIRE 6632 – Strategic Planning for Public Safety Leaders
  • FIRE 6633 – Issues in Public Safety Professional Responsibility