Two UW Oshkosh Programs Receive IFSAC Accreditation

The only degree programs to be accredited in the state.

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Two University of Wisconsin Oshkosh academic programs received approval from the Degree Assembly Board of Governors of the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

The UW Oshkosh Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire and Emergency Response Management (FERM) renewed its accreditation with IFSAC. The UW Oshkosh Master of Public Administration (MPA) program with a Fire and Emergency Administration and Management (FEAM) emphasis received accreditation from IFSAC for the first time. Each accreditation is for a period of five years.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is predicted that there will be a seven-percent increase in the need for emergency medical technicians and paramedics through 2028 and a five-percent growth for firefighters during that same time frame.

UW Oshkosh is the only institution in Wisconsin to offer fire and emergency administration and management courses online.

The fire and emergency response bachelor degree program is supported by partnerships with fire departments throughout the Wisconsin Technical College System and Wisconsin State Firefighters’ Association (WSFA) as well as the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin (PFFW), Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA), Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association (WSFCA), Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association (WSFIA) and Wisconsin Society of Emergency Services Instructors (WSESI).

The FERM program for students who already have achieved a fire science and emergency services associate degree. The MPA with FEAM accepts students with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or a nationally accredited institution. Both programs aim at providing students with the competencies and skills they need to become effective leaders in fire service organizations.

UW Oshkosh FERM Bachelor’s Degree Renews Accreditation with IFSAC

UW Oshkosh has established itself as a premier fire and emergency response bachelor’s degree program in the Midwest after launching in the fall of 2006.

The FERM bachelor’s degree is ranked No. 8 in the ‘Most affordable online Fire Science bachelor’s degree’ by OnlineU and No. 10 in the ‘Best Online Emergency Management Degree’ listings by





Most career firefighters have a bachelor’s degree as they want to advance beyond entry-level positions. In the 2020 Fire and Emergency Response Management Employability Survey, 56 percent of those surveyed strongly agreed that their FERM degree helped them earn promotions in their respective careers.

“As the fire and emergency service field continues to evolve, higher education will assist in meeting the needs of the future,” UW Oshkosh Online and Continuing Education Outreach Program Manager Cindy Brun said. “We are developing the future leaders of the fire and emergency response service industry.”

Students with two-year technical college degrees can transfer to UW Oshkosh to complete the bachelor’s degree program. For more information about the FERM degree, contact Brun at or (920) 424-1458.

UW Oshkosh MPA with FEAM Emphasis Receives Initial Accreditation from IFSAC

The UW Oshkosh Department of Public Administration offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Its comprehensive, career-oriented curriculum strengthens students’ analytic skills, ethics, accountability, responsiveness and public service leadership. The graduate program is offered on-campus or completely online and can be completed in as few as two years.

The MPA program is unique with its commitment to academic excellence and diversity with a concern for the applied aspects of public administration. It has four professional emphases: general public administration, nonprofit management and leadership, health agency administration and fire and emergency administration and management (FEAM).

The FEAM emphasis was launched in fall of 2018. It enhances the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively lead and manage fire and emergency service organizations by combining core management courses with specialized courses in fire administration and local government.

“Over its 48 years of history, the MPA program has been recognized for providing a top-notch education and training in managing public, nonprofit, health care and public safety organizations in Wisconsin and beyond,” Department of Public Administration Chairperson and Professor Anna A. Filipova, Ph.D., said.

“The online MPA with FEAM emphasis is a must for students who want to stand out with exceptional management skills and advance to high-level administrative positions, such as Fire Chiefs, Battalion Commanders, and others. Students will network with highly experienced educators in local government and will be fully equipped to handle complex challenges and issues. This initial accreditation of MPA with FEAM is a high testament to the quality education our program brings to students and communities at large.”

Students can transfer graduate courses taken in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. For more information about the UW Oshkosh MPA program, contact Dr. Filipova at or (920) 424-0037.


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