The Degree Program in Fire Science and Public Safety Administration is designed to:
- prepare students for leadership positions in the fire service and public safety fields by developing emergency-scene management, safety, administration, critical thinking, communication, leadership, and decision-making skills
- prepare students for graduate study
- utilize Fire Science and Public Safety education to better serve the needs of a diverse society
- provide those in the fire service and public safety fields a liberal and business component to their technical knowledge.
The most recent graduate survey (2013) provides information that is important to anyone considering this program. All of our recent graduates reported that they are employed in a career in the fire service or a related field. Fifty-three percent of our most recent graduates had achieved a leadership position (supervisory position or higher) in their organization. We believe that the reason for our graduates' success is that the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration program develops and refines the student's knowledge and skills in risk management, emergency services administration, communication, safety, technology, critical thinking, emergency scene management and business. These are the skills that leaders in emergency response organizations need today. We assess our students' proficiency in these skills using examinations, reports and the required Comprehensive Examination. As of the Spring 2013 semester, 100% of our students achieved either mastery or proficiency of the skills we believe are needed for a successful career in this field.
Slightly more than half of our most recent Fire Science and Public Safety Administration program graduates attended graduate school and over 10% have already earned their Master's degree. Overwhelmingly, the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration Program graduates who responded to the 2013 survey believed that:
Their undergraduate degree in Fire Science and Public Safety Administration helped them in their careers and helped them better serve society (95%).
Their degree prepared them for graduate school (79%).
The Fire Science and Public Safety Administration courses were beneficial (100%).
The Fire Science and Public Safety Administration curriculum added a necessary business (89%) and liberal (84%) component to their technical knowledge.
The Holy Family University fire science and business faculty are knowledgeable in the subject matter they taught (100%).
Holy Family University is proud to offer students a highly supportive learning environment that values their personal and professional goals. Students in our Fire Science & Public Safety Administration program thrive in our small yet challenging learning environment. We believe in educating beyond the classroom and providing opportunities for hands-on experience, which is a key component of your college education.
What Can You Do With This Major?
Students who choose to major in Fire Science and Public Safety Administration are well-prepared for leadership positions in fire service or related fields, such as risk management, safety management, fire protection systems inspection and design, pre-emergency planning, and code enforcement, to name just a few.
A student must earn 27 credits in Fire Science or Public Safety Administration from an accredited institution of higher education in order to enroll in the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration program at Holy Family University. In order for these credits to transfer, the student must have attained a minimum grade of C or better in each course.
As a Fire Science and Public Safety Administration student, you will master techniques for rapidly responding to emergencies and develop skills in communication, critical thinking, decision-making, and management.
Specialized course work will include:
• Major Incident Analysis
• Public Risk Analysis
• Emergency Services Administration
• Contemporary Public Safety Issues
• Labor and Employment Law
• Entrepreneurship and the New Economy
Fire Science and Public Safety Administration students can gain real-world experience through Holy Family University’s nationally recognized co-op and internship program. The results speak for themselves as 87 percent of our students find permanent jobs as a result of their co-op experience.
Some of the companies our students have worked with include:
• Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
• Federal Emergency Management Agency
• New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
• Philadelphia Fire Department
• Trenton Fire Department
Our graduates are part of a large network of alumni with a record of success in their field.
Here are just a few of the positions our recent graduates hold:
• Director of Risk Management, Allied Barton Security Services
• Instructor of Fire Safety and Technology, Delaware Technical & Community College
• Fire Chief, Cherry Hill New Jersey Fire Department