NJCU and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Join Forces to Offer College Credits to Firefighters

April 23, 2021
Fire Science MOU Signing (2021.04)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | The Fire Science Department at New Jersey City University (NJCU) and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (NJDFS) have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). NJCU now formally recognizes the level of training and education that firefighters receive while obtaining specific certifications issued by the NJDFS and will offer college credits for these certifications when firefighters pursue a degree in Fire Science at the university.

“This MOU with New Jersey City University provides new opportunities for firefighting professionals across the state to earn their undergraduate degrees more quickly,” said NJDFS Director Richard Mikutsky.

Firefighters who have completed one or more of several professional certifications, including but not limited to Firefighter 1 or Fire Officer 2, may be eligible to transfer up to 15 credits when they enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program at NJCU.

“Firefighting professionals across New Jersey working towards a Fire Science degree can now count on NJCU to help them achieve their dreams,” said Dr. Michael Edmondson, Dean of NJCU’s College of Professional Studies. “NJCU is proud to partner with the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety and provide a valuable opportunity for firefighting professionals to transfer in academic credits when they apply to NJCU’s exceptional Fire Science program. Ranked #8 in the nation by BestColleges.com in 2020, NJCU’s Fire Science Department has a long history of helping graduates advance in their career to officer and chief positions in the fire service.”

NJCU offers the only bachelor’s degree in Fire Science in the state of New Jersey and is ranked as one of the top Fire Science programs in the nation by Best Colleges and Affordable Schools. Firefighting professionals interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree can visit njcu.edu/fire for more information.

About NJCU

New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 50 undergraduate, 28 graduate or three doctoral programs, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.

We’re also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we’ve established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults.

At NJCU, we’re not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We’re changing the game.


Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301

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