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Fire and Emergency Response Administration

MSU Denver is one of only a few college and university programs in the country to carry the "Certificate of Recognition" from the National Fire Academy-Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education for every FESHE course offered by the university.

Fire and Emergency Response courses at MSU are part of a nationally standardized curriculum based on the National Fire Academy-Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Model Curriculum and are intended to meet higher education criteria set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). 

The mission of the MSU Denver Fire and Emergency Response Administration (FERA) degree program is to promote higher education and to enhance the value of the fire and emergency response professions in order to promote a safer community and to reduce the loss of life, property, and the number of physical and emotional casualties from fire and other life-threatening events.

The Fire and Emergency Response Administration Major supports the overall MSU Denver mission in the following ways:

  • High-Quality Education: Educational coursework is based on research-based, best practice models to provide Fire and Emergency Response Administration majors with opportunities to broaden their understanding of the fire and emergency services within the information age in order to contribute to their academic and professional development while encouraging lifelong learning and contributing to the diverse communities to which they will belong to and serve. A focus on excellence in learning is one of the key features of this major.
  • Successful Careers and Employment Opportunities: This program prepares students for successful entry into a career in the fire and/or emergency services or a related emergency response-related career field. The classroom provides students with an opportunity to network with other students and professionals currently working in the field, and the faculty is comprised of professionals who not only are scholarly in their particular field of study, but also have significant hands-on experience and/or are currently working as firefighters, fire officers, fire investigators, or other first responders.
  • Community Engagement in Application of Knowledge: This program engages the community through a number of service-learning opportunities in which students combine their time in the classroom with field experiences in which they interact directly with the community in a variety of settings with a number of our community partners that include fire and emergency awareness exercises, arson investigation, the American Red Cross, the Center for Excellence in Aerial Wildland Firefighting, and many of the metropolitan area fire departments.
For more information about the FESHE coursework at MSU Denver contact Brian Bagwell at 303-615-0143 or Kevin Hammons at 303-615-1557.

Required classes for Degree Catalog Year Fall 2017 and beyond:



FER 3000 Applications of Fire Research

FER 3110 Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Svcs 3
FER 3140 Fire and Emergency Services Administration 3
FER 3200 Fire Prevention, Organization, and Management 3
FER 3430 Personnel Development for Fire and Emergency Services 3
FER 3460 Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection 3
FER 3911 Cultural Competence for First Responders 3
FER 4610 Disaster Planning and Control 3
Subtotal 24
Electives- must select 16 from the following  
FER 3980 Internship: Fire and Emergency Response 3-6
FER 4100 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection 
FER 4220 Fire Dynamics 3
FER 4260 Fire Investigation and Analysis
FER 4310 Fire Protection Structures and Systems 3
FER 4420 Fire-related Human Behavior 3      
FER 4510 Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials 
HSP 3220 Conflict Resolution and Decision Making 2


HSP 3450 Crisis Intervention

HSP 3500 Domestic Violence: Patterns of Relationship Abuse  2
HSP 3600 Domestic Violence: Perpetrators of Abuse 2
HSP 3940 Victim Advocacy for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence  3
HSP 4160 Human Trafficking  3
HSP 4290 PTSD and Trauma Informed Care 1
HSP 4300 Trauma Resilience to Terrorism, Disaster and War 3
MGT 3000 Organizational Management 3
MGT 4530 Organizational Behavior  3
PSC 3020 Introduction to Public Administration 3
PSC 3170 Leadership Studies 3
CAS 3100 Business and Professional Speaking 3
General Studies 33 
Major Courses 40 
Minor 18-24
Electives 19-25

A grade of “C” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree.

You must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours in order to graduate and 40 of those credit hours must be upper division (3000 or 4000 level).

Note: If you are on a catalog year prior to 2012, your required coursework will be different than the information presented here. See a department advisor to review a degree progress report to verify which classes you need to complete the program.

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