Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Bachelor’s Degree

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EKU’s comprehensive fire, arson and explosion investigation degree is one of only a handful of specialized programs in the nation. This unique program provides students with the scientific and investigative skills needed to determine the cause and criminal nature of fires and explosions. Our graduates are trained for interagency collaboration and gain a competitive edge in the job market.


Format: Online

Credit Hours: 120 hours

2017-2018 Tuition: $409 per credit hour

Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 90 hours*

Career Options:  Fire marshal, fire investigator (public and private), ATF agent, firefighter, building inspector, fire and arson investigations detective, insurance company consultant

* A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at EKU

NOTE: The EKU Online program includes unique, hands-on fire, arson and explosion investigations experiences on Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond, Kentucky campus. Students will be      on-campus for one week during two consecutive summer sessions for this residency. View summer session and residency requirements here.

Enhance your degree with a minor or certificate
Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits.

You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your major as you are work toward your degree.

What sets our program apart?

Focused on leadership building and rooted in the latest science and technology, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through topics such as fire behavior, crime scene management and investigation processes. Students also gain two weeks of critical hands-on training at our lab in Richmond, Kentucky.

  • 8-week courses
  • IFSAC-accredited programs
  • Unique, hands-on fire, arson and explosion investigations experiences on Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond, Kentucky campus
  • Nationally-renowned instructors comprised of former fire chiefs, fire marshals, engineers and investigators, prominent for their professional achievements and success in the field
  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the best universities offering online degrees
  • Rated by Military Times as one of the Top 5 schools for veterans in the nation

Why choose EKU?

EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.