The Fire Science Online Methodology

Fire Science Online provides future fire science students and professionals – both men and women – with the information they need about the many facets of a fire science education. We realize that the service we provide can only be as good as the sources upon which it is built, so we only use data from the most current and comprehensive datasets.

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Our Data Sources

FSO’s four primary sources of data – in addition to information pulled from the schools represented on our lists – are as follows:

  • NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends.
  • IPEDS is the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.
  • Carnegie Classification is a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.
  • is a leading provider of career-related data on a national, state, local, and individual basis. PayScale’s team of statisticians continually refines data collection methods to maximize accuracy and integrity.

Methodology for the Most Popular Fire Science Degree Programs for Women

Although the percentage of female students was the most important limiting factor, schools on the list of the 25 Most Popular Fire Science Degree Programs for Women had to meet a number of criteria:

  • Must have at least 30 active students enrolled
  • Of these, at least 20% must be female
  • Various fire science and forestry programs reviewed
  • Fully-accredited schools only.
  • Public and Private schools included
  • U.S. colleges only