Fire and Emergency Response Management (FERM)
If you have an associate degree in fire protection, fire science, paramedic technician or emergency management from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) or a similar institution, this program is for you!
Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree
The first of its kind in Wisconsin and developed by fire chiefs, UW Oshkosh’s online FERM program prepares students to manage complex public health and safety organizations. It is tailored to working firefighters and emergency response personnel.
All FERM courses provide learning opportunities for individuals who wish to advance in their current career or a related field. Students will gain knowledge in:
Applicants must have successfully completed an associate degree in an appropriate fire science area. Such areas may include fire protection, fire science, paramedic technician, wildland firefighting or emergency management.
Students earn a block of 45 credits for an approved technical degree, plus credits for applicable general education courses.
Eligible Associate Degrees
Don't have an associate degree?
If you don't have an associate degree or aren't interested in the bachelor's degree program, UW Oshkosh offers a Leadership Certificate in Fire and Emergency Response Management. This 18-credit certificate is open to all fire and emergency management personnel, and all courses are offered online. Click here to learn more >>
Courses are available completely online and in a hybrid format at UW Oshkosh.
The FERM Program's mission is to:
- Assist fire and emergency response management students in acquiring management, leadership, critical thinking and communication skils that will expand their career perspective, promote lifelong learning and enrich their personal and civic life
- Prepare students to manage complex public health and safety organizations and supervise employees
- Prepare students to more effectively respond to public health and safety needs of the diverse communities and citizens that they serve
- Prepare students for post-graduate work in public administration or a related field