MSU Denver

Bachelor of Science in Fire & Emergency Response Administration

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.

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).

For more information about the FESHE coursework at MSU Denver please email Dr. Brian Bagwell or call him at 303-615-0143.


FERA Coursework

Bachelor of Science in Fire & Emergency Response Administration, Extended Major

The Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Response Administration (FERA) extended major is a completion degree for for students with 24 credits of Firefighter I, EMT-Basic, and Hazardous Material Operations coursework from a regionally accredited Colorado Community College. Alternately, students may possess state or national certification in these areas.

A minor is not required with the FERA Extended Major.

FERA Extended Major Coursework

Logo for Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education

Our Fire and Emergency Response Administration program meets national Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education guidelines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Dr. Brian Bagwell

“The type of people we’re training are the ones who don’t run away from crisis; they run toward it. Getting more people trained properly to be leaders in the emergency response field is something our society really needs.”

Brian Bagwell

Professor; Program Director, Fire and Emergency Response Administration Program

Academic Advising

MSU President Dr. Janine Davidson in a fire helmet.

Staying connected with academic advising is one of the best ways to ensure your path to successful degree completion. We are here to support you!

Your academic advisors are

Monique Left Hand Bull
[email protected]
for General Studies advising

Dr. Brian Bagwell
[email protected]
for FERA and FERA Extended Major advising

The Brooking Industries Scholarship

The Brooking Industries offers a scholarship program for dependents of current, full time qualified First Responders or commissioned Law Enforcement officers. Applicants must be either a high school senior or a college student.

This annual scholarship awards $10,000 to the winning submission and $500 to each of four runner-up submissions.

March 1, 2022 is the next deadline to submit your application.

Follow this link for more information and to apply online.

FERA 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.