B.S. Fire Protection Administration and Technology

Bachelor of Science - Fire Protection Administration and Technology

Firefighters looking at a large fire


About the Program

Cal State L.A.’s Fire Protection Administration and Technology (FPAT) program was created in response to needs identified by multiple California organizations.  This program arms graduates with technical and administrative skills that can lead to rewarding fire service careers.

Typically, a fire protection education is limited to lower division course work taken at the community college level. As the only one of its kind in the state of California, Cal State L.A.’s FPAT program produces graduates that have an edge over their competition. Cal State L.A. alums are uniquely prepared to implement the managerial skills that are crucial in commanding large-scale fire-fighting operations.

Graduates of the FPAT program at Cal State L.A. go on to pursue careers as fire prevention specialists, fire loss insurance claims adjusters, fire station chiefs, and arson investigators.

The Fire Protection Administration and Technology major is a "2 + 2 Articulation" program. Because Cal State L.A. does not offer lower division FPAT courses, students in the program complete their first two years at a local community college and then transfer to Cal State L.A. to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in FPAT.