The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Fire Protection Engineering Program (On-Campus | Online)

The Role of the University of Maryland's Office of Advanced Engineering Education

All applications to the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Fire Protection Engineering Program must be submitted online to the Office of Advanced Engineering Education, which administers all Professional Masters and Graduate Certificate programs. Visit the OAEE web site to learn more about their admissions requirements and process.

For more information, see our graduate admissions page and OAEE's Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

On-Campus or Online!

The University of Maryland offers a Master of Engineering in Fire Protection Engineering via on-campus and online programs.

Designed with the working engineer in mind, the Master of Engineering program features a curriculum rich in the latest scientific and technological principles and practices needed for career advancement. The 30-credit Master of Engineering program can be completed in 15 months on a part-time basis.

Students taking courses on campus work with an advisor to identify a course of study based on the student’s professional interests. Fire protection engineering courses are available to explore basic processes of fire behavior, prediction of fire development, the combustion of materials and furnishings, the effects of fire on structures and the environment, smoke management, evacuation and tenability analyses and the law. Courses may also be approved from other engineering departments or technical areas, such as mathematics.

The online curriculum is the only completely Internet-based graduate program of its kind with no on-campus requirements. It supports the emerging international movement toward performance-based approaches to building fire safety analysis and design, including evaluation and integration of fire protection systems for high-rise structures and industrial complexes; analysis of the level of fire protection applicable to commercial and residential buildings, nuclear power plants and aerospace vehicles; and the research of fire propagation, detection and suppression, together with physiological and psychological effects on humans and their response. The online program features chat rooms, threaded discussions and full access to the University of Maryland library services. Browse online course offerings »

While some students take courses both on campus and online, most select one or the other. Due to some differences in schedules of classes, requirements and tuition, students interested in taking courses through a mixture of the options, or who need assistance determining the best option for them, should contact their coursework advisor.

For more information, visit OAEE's Online Programs Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Minimum Requirements (All Students)

Applicants should have a B.S. degree in engineering or a related field from an accredited institution.

Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Prior to applying, applicants should have taken the following four (4) prerequisite courses: differential equations, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and structural mechanics. Note: Structural mechanics is not required for students interested in pursuing an online Graduate Certificate in Engineering.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must satisfy the requirements of the University of Maryland's office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), which generally involves submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), financial certification, and visa documentation. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.

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Coursework Advisor (All Students)

Students taking courses for the Master of Engineering degree work with an advisor to identify a course of study based on the student’s professional interests.

  • The online program's student advisor is FPE Professor and Chair Jim Milke (milke@umd.edu).
  • The on-campus program's student advisor is FPE Professor Arnaud Trouvé (atrouve@umd.edu).

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Tuition and Fees

Students in the Master of Engineering programs pay a special tuition rate, which is not fully covered by graduate assistantships, fellowships or tuition remission. Additional graduate student fees are charged. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

  • Tuition rates for on-campus and online classes are not the same.
  • Tuition rates do not differ between residents and non-residents of Maryland.
  • Current program tuition and fees are available on the Office of Advanced Engineering Education web site.

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On-Campus Program

Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete ten (10) approved courses, at least six (6) of which must be FPE courses.
  • Up to two (2) courses may be 400-level, with permission from the student's advisor.
  • The remaining four (4) courses are technical electives that may be FPE courses or courses in related fields of study, subject to advisor approval.
  • A thesis is not associated with this degree program, though students may pursue research via independent study on a topic approved by an advisor.

Browse the Department of Fire Protection Engineering's graduate course list »

See the Office of Advanced Engineering Education's web site for more information.

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Schedule of Classes

The on-campus Master of Engineering in FPE program follows the University's regular academic schedule.

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Online Program

Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete ten (10) approved courses (see below).
  • A thesis is not associated with this degree program, though students may pursue research via independent study on a topic approved by an advisor.

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Course Requirements

Courses are divided into the following groups. Students must complete all five (5) Group A courses and at least one (1) Group B course.

Group A

  • ENFP 625: Advanced Fire Modeling
  • ENFP 627: Smoke Detection and Management
  • ENFP 651: Advanced Fire Dynamics
  • ENFP 652: (formerly ENFP 629B) Fire Assessment Methods
  • ENFP 653: (formerly ENFP 629C) Advanced Fire Suppression

Group B

  • ENFP 613: Human Response to Fire
  • ENFP 629I: Industrial Fire Safety
  • ENFP 661: (formerly ENFP 629D) Forensic Fire Analysis
  • ENFP 662: (formerly ENFP 629E) Performance Based Design
  • ENFP 663: (formerly ENFP 629R) Advanced Fire Risk Modeling

Students should complete all of the Group A courses prior to taking Group B courses. Any other courses need to be approved by the advisor.

See the Office of Advanced Engineering Education's web site for more information.

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Schedule of Classes

The online Master of Engineering in FPE program follows a quarterly schedule administered by the Office of Advanced Engineering Education.

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Graduation Requirements (All Students)

Students must submit an Application for Graduation, the Approved Program Form and all related forms by the posted Graduate School deadlines. Students who apply for candidacy but do not submit these forms by the posted deadlines will NOT be considered for graduation in the term for which they originally applied. Instead, their candidacy will be moved to the following term. Continuous registration may be required.