Fire & Emergency Response Management
The UW Oshkosh Fire & Emergency Response Management program has earned the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition certificate.
BUILD ON YOUR TECHNICAL DEGREE
Earn your FERM bachelor’s degree in two years.
What is Fire and Emergency Response Management (FERM)?
UW Oshkosh’s online FERM program prepares students to manage complex public health and safety organizations. The first of its kind in Wisconsin and developed by fire chiefs, it is designed for individuals who are working in fire safety and emergency response professions. With a focus on developing advanced skills in leadership and communication, your FERM degree builds upon your professional and educational experience. Coursework includes budgeting, emergency planning, administrative law, and management of emergency services. To see a full list of FERM courses, click here.
Transfer up to 90 credits
FERM students transferring in an eligible associate degree typically transfer in about 60 credits, but we can accept up to 90 credits of previous college-level coursework. A block of up to 45 credits will be awarded to those with an eligible associate degree, plus applicable general education courses. We also are able to consider the following types of credit for transfer:
- Military Credit (including an automatic 4 credits with submission of DD214 form)
- Some National Fire Academy (NFA) and FEMA credits
- Credits that appear on an ACE (American Council on Education) transcript
Earn Your Degree in About Two Years
For full time students with 60 or more transferable credits, the FERM degree can be completed in as little as two years. However, depending on your educational background and preferred schedule, it may take more time. One of our advisors will be happy to review your previous coursework and prepare a personalized planner that will help you understand how your associate degree will transfer and what coursework you will need to complete to earn your FERM degree. Click here to connect with an advisor.
100% Online and Accelerated
The Fire and Emergency Response Management program is offered completely online! Most courses are delivered in accelerated, seven-week sessions, which offer additional flexibility for students working full time. Courses are delivered through Desire 2 Learn. Students interact with their professors and classmates through online discussion, class lectures, and a drop box for assignments. There are no required scheduled meeting times, but there are deadlines and due dates for projects, assignments and discussions.
Affordable and Flexible
Our flat-rate tuition—$360 per credit—makes budgeting for your Fire and Emergency Response Management degree easy. Financial aid is available for students who qualify. We also welcome veterans’ benefits and employer reimbursement. For more information on financial aid options, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.
A Supportive Community
From small classes to dedicated advisors, FERM students have a strong support network from day one. Excellent campus resources—including the writing center, library, and academic advising—are all available to serve online students.
In addition to being fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, UW Oshkosh’s Fire and Emergency Response Management BAS degree is also the first online degree program in the nation to receive accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). UW Oshkosh’s FERM program is also the only IFSAC accredited program in the state of Wisconsin.
The FERM Program’s mission is to:
- Assist fire and emergency response management students in acquiring management, leadership, critical thinking and communication skils that will expand their career perspective, promote lifelong learning and enrich their personal and civic life
- Prepare students to manage complex public health and safety organizations and supervise employees
- Prepare students to more effectively respond to public health and safety needs of the diverse communities and citizens that they serve
- Prepare students for post-graduate work in public administration or a related field
The UW Oshkosh FERM program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The program is also accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), which is a nonprofit system of fire service certification programs and higher education fire-related degree programs.