Fire Science Technology

Program Description

If you have completed the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) occupational coursework or have the required certifications, but no degree and are looking to take the next step in your career, then this is the career path for you. Students who have successfully completed this degree have progressed to supervisor roles, educators, or to bachelor’s degrees in emergency management or fire science.

Degree Programs

Fire Science Technology (Associate of Applied Science)

This program will prepare individuals for entry-level employment as fire fighters as well as provide the degree credential necessary for promotion and advancement of professionals currently employed with the fire service.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this degree?

The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology is a degree that is designed for the student who currently has the required certification or has completed the occupational courses offered by Maryland Fire and Rescue. Through credential assessment and/or portfolio review at Cecil College, the student can acquire up to 32 credits toward this degree.

Why would I want this degree?

If you are hoping/planning on taking the next step in your career and need a degree to provide that "boost," then this is a great degree for you. It also can provide a stepping stone to a bachelor's degree.

How do I go about the credential assessment process?

It is easy. Please see an advisor, complete the form and provide the supporting documentation. It will then be sent to the appropriate reviewer with the college. You and your advisor will hear back quickly. If more information is required, you will be contacted.

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.


Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.


Cecil College's faculty across the curriculum in the AAS in Fire Science Technology degree program hold advanced degrees in their fields and bring a wide array of experience into the classroom.

Coronavirus Update

Cecil College is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 locally, regionally, and nationally. We are working with our local health department and county offices to stay up to date on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus. As of now, all classes and events on campus are taking place as scheduled.

The College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

In addition, the College is routinely posting information regarding the prevention of germ transmission on all on-campus monitors, our student and employee newsletters, and our primary social media channels. We also have signage both on campus and on larger event promotions reminding the community that if someone isn’t feeling well or has recently traveled to any of the global, high-risk areas, the responsible thing to do is to stay home. The College continues to monitor updates from local, state and national public health officials and will update this message as necessary.