Fire Science and Public Safety Administration
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; and
- 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%).