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Bachelor of Science in Wildfire

Fully-Online Two-Year Program

Earn your BS in Wildfire Science and the Urban Interface with CSUSM’s fully-online degree completion program. If you have completed 60 units of CSU transferable undergraduate coursework, you are eligible for this two-year (five-semester) program that is designed to help you advance within the wildfire industry. Be part of the new generation of firefighters, technical experts, decision-makers and scientists ready to meet the evolving and increasing demands of the industry.

Earn your degree to stand out among your peers and become a leading instrument of change in the modern fire service industry.

Program Benefits

  • Fully-online program designed for working and aspiring firefighters
  • Only program of its kind in California
  • Provides a clear path to promotion – many fire departments now require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in fire science to advance beyond battalion chief

Program Developed in Partnership with: 

  • CAL FIRE Local 2881
  • San Diego County Fire
  • Los Angeles County Fire
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • International Association of Fire Fighters

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Please note that we are currently only authorized to accept students from the following states for Spring 2019 admissions:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Oklahoma
  • Wisconsin

We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2019 cohort for the following locations soon:

  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • and the District of Columbia

If you are interested in applying for this program, but are living in a state not listed above, please contact Dr. Matt Rahn at

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