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Why study Fire and Emergency Management Administration online through OSU?

Oklahoma State University's Fire and Emergency Management Administration program is one of the oldest programs in the nation. Students receive a superior academic experience in preparing professionals for leadership positions in the critical service professions of fire and rescue, emergency management, emergency medical services, law enforcement, homeland security and related fields in both the public and private sectors.


Online learning through the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) provides a flexible alternative to traditional on-campus courses as a convenient way to earn your degree whenever your career or other life commitments prevent you from taking classes on campus in a traditional setting.


Regular semester classes are taught live using Zoom one night per week/per class.  


Courses taught online are of identical quality and instruction as those taught in traditional classrooms. CEAT Online Learning and the FEMP faculty are here to help our students succeed! 


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The PhD program in Fire and Emergency Management Administration is a 60 credit hour blended program consisting of 15 hours of core courses, 12 hours of research tools, 18 hours of electives, and 15 hours of dissertation.  An additional nine hours of courses are required in either a fire service administration track or an emergency management administration track.  


Degree Requirements



  • Public policy
  • Strategic administration 
  • Organizational management
  • Human dimensions of disaster
  • Leadership
  • Counter terrorism

Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates are able to conduct research and critically analyze problems in the fire and emergency management fields.
  • Graduates can demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Graduates can demonstrate mastery of substantive theories in and knowledge of fire and emergency management administration and of its application to practical problems and issues in the field.


Academic Common Market

Depending on where you live, you may qualify for in-state tuition through the Academic Common Market.


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The PhD in Fire and Emergency Management Administration program is a specialized degree designed to provide an educational foundation for those who are currently serving or aspire to serve as managers or administrators in the fire service, emergency management, emergency medical services, law enforcement, or homeland security in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors.  This program prepares individuals for academic careers and careers in research. Admission requirements are listed below.



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Oklahoma State University offers an affordable single rate for graduate students in online degree and certificate programs.

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