The Master of Science (M.S.) in Fire Protection Engineering Program (On-Campus Only)

The Role of the University of Maryland Graduate School

All applications to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Fire Protection Engineering Program must be submitted online to the University of Maryland Graduate School.

All applicants must fulfill the admissions requirements of the University of Maryland Graduate School.

The decision to admit students for graduate study at the University of Maryland is made by the Graduate School after reviewing the recommendations of the department based on the applicant’s ability to carry out scholarly work at the graduate level.

All policies adopted by the Graduate School supersede those at the department level.

For more information, please see our graduate admissions page.

 

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Minimum Requirements

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

Prior to applying, applicants should have taken the following four (4) prerequisite courses: differential equations, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, structural mechanics (or strength of materials). Applicants who have not completed all prerequisites may still be admitted on a provisional basis if they demonstrate satisfactory academic performance in a related field and/or relevant work experience; these applicants would then be asked to complete the prerequisite courses during their first semester at UMD; note that provisional admission remains an exception and that corresponding applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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

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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Selection of Coursework Advisor

Each new graduate student entering the department must initiate contact with the faculty to obtain an advisor based on his/her indicated area of interest. A student may elect to change advisors, subject to the approval of the new advisor, at any later date.

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Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees for the Master of Science (M.S.) program are available on the Office of the Bursar's web site.

Note: This informaiton applies to the on-campus M.S. program only. For information about Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program tuition and fees, visit our M.Eng. program page.

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Degree Requirements

  • Complete eight (8) approved courses (24 credits) in agreement with the requirements listed below.
  • Complete at least six (6) credits of thesis research (ENFP799).
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.Submit a satisfactory M.S. thesis and successfully defend the thesis in an oral examination.
  • Have at least 1 credit of registration in the graduation semester or summer.
  • Complete the degree within 5 years.

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GPA

The Graduate School requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all courses for credit since enrollment. This GPA is computed by the following numerical equivalents:

A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
4
3 2/3
3 1/3
3
2 2/3
2 1/3
2

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Course Requirements

The student should propose a list of courses to be taken that will fulfill the coursework requirement. This list should be presented to the student’s coursework advisor by the beginning of the student’s second semester of study. Acceptability of the proposed list, as determined by the coursework advisor and approved by the FPE Director of Graduate Studies, should be based on the student’s stated objectives and background.

All students must take two (2) courses selected from the following list:

  • ENFP 611: Fire Induced Flows
  • ENFP 620: Fire Dynamics Laboratory
  • ENFP 625: Advanced Fire Modeling
  • ENFP 630: Diffusion Flames and Burning Rate Theory

All students must take one (1) engineering mathematics course, approved by the student’s advisor, based on the student’s intended course of study and research. Examples of approved mathematics courses include:

  • MATH, STAT or AMSC 400+ or any of the following:
  • ENCE 621: Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis
  • ENME 605: Advanced Systems Control: Linear Systems
  • ENME 610: Engineering Optimization
  • ENME 625: Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • ENME 673: Energy and Variational Methods in Applied Mechanics
  • ENRE 620: Mathematical Techniques of Reliability Engineering
  • ENRE 643: Bayesian Analysis
  • ENRE 655: Advanced Methods in Reliability Modeling

Students in FPE's Combined B.S./M.S. program must take three (3) courses at the 600+ level selected from the following list:

  • ENFP 405/621: Structural Fire Protection/Analytical Procedures of Structural Fire Protection
  • ENFP 413/613: Human Response to Fire
  • ENFP 440/627: Smoke Management and Fire Alarm Systems/Smoke Detection and Management
  • ENFP 415/651: Fire Dynamics/Advanced Fire Dynamics
  • ENFP 489I/629I: Special Topics: Industrial Fire Safety
  • ENFP 489N/629N: Special Topics: Fire and Explosion: Investigation and Reconstruction
  • ENFP 489W/629W: Wildland Fires: Science and Applications

and

  • two (2) electives at the 400+ level, subject to the approval of the FPE Director of Graduate Studies.

Note: Students are only allowed to take one course that is paired with an undergraduate course (ENFP 4xx/6xx).

Students holding a B.S. from the University of Maryland's FPE undergraduate program must take three (3) courses at the 600+ level selected from the following list.

  • ENFP 413/613: Human Response to Fire
  • ENFP 440/627: Smoke Management and Fire Alarm Systems/Smoke Detection and Management
  • ENFP 489I/629I: Special Topics: Industrial Fire Safety
  • ENFP 489N/629N: Special Topics: Fire and Explosion: Investigation and Reconstruction
  • ENFP 489W/629W: Wildland Fires: Science and Applications
  • ENFP 629M: Material Flammability
  • ENFP 654: Advanced Fire Suppression

and

  • two (2) electives at the 400+ level, subject to the approval of the FPE Director of Graduate Studies.

Note: Students are only allowed to take one course that is paired with an undergraduate course (ENFP 4xx/6xx).

ALL OTHER STUDENTS in the M.S. Program are required to take the following course:

  • ENFP 651: Advanced Fire Dynamics

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must take four (4) courses at the 600+ level selected from the following list:

  • ENFP 621: Structural Fire Protection/Analytical Procedures of Structural Fire Protection
  • ENFP 613: Human Response to Fire
  • ENFP 627: Smoke Management and Fire Alarm Systems/Smoke Detection and Management
  • ENFP 629I: Special Topics: Industrial Fire Safety
  • ENFP 629N: Special Topics: Fire and Explosion: Investigation and Reconstruction
  • ENFP 629W: Wildland Fires: Science and Applications
  • ENFP 629M: Material Flammability
  • ENFP 654: Advanced Fire Suppression

In summary:

  • Students in FPE's combined B.S./M.S. program must take eight (8) approved courses, which include: One (1) engineering mathematics course, two (2) required FPE courses, three (3) FPE courses at the 600+ level from an approved list of paired 400/600 level courses which count toward both the B.S. and M.S. degrees (see above or consult the Graduate Guide), and two (2) elective courses at the 400+ level approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • M.S. students who hold a B.S. from the University of Maryland's undergraduate program in Fire Protection Engineering must take eight (8) approved courses, which include: One (1) engineering mathematics course, two (2) required FPE courses, three (3) FPE courses at the 600+ level from an approved list (see above or consult the Graduate Guide), and and two (2) elective courses at the 400+ level approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • All other M.S. students must take eight (8) approved courses: One (1) engineering mathematics course, two (2) required FPE courses, ENFP 651: Advanced Fire Dynamics, and four (4) FPE courses at the 600+ level from an approved list (see above or consult the Graduate Guide).

M.S. Thesis Requirements

A M.S. candidate must perform a body of research commensurate with the level of the Master of Science’s Degree. The M.S. thesis should make a contribution to the advancement in the state-of-the-art of fire safety science and/or engineering. With this objective in mind, M.S. students are strongly encouraged to adopt the quality standards of the fire research community and to submit their research contribution for publication in an archival journal and/or for presentation in a professional meeting.

The procedure for review of a M.S. thesis is as follows:

  1. The student, in consultation with his/her faculty advisor, proposes a committee of at least three members of the Graduate Faculty to review the thesis (with the advisor as the chair of the committee). Committee members should have backgrounds and interests related to the subject matter of the thesis. The committee must be approved by the Graduate School by submitting the Nomination of Thesis or Dissertation Committee form (PDF).
  2. The student is responsible for providing each committee member with a typed, advisorapproved copy of the thesis manuscript at least one week before the oral examination (the “defense”).
  3. The committee should judge the quality of the research as well as the clarity and literary correctness of the thesis. The student is responsible for meeting any requirement of style or format stipulated by the Graduate School. The student is expected to review the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide (PDF).
  4. An oral examination (“defense”) on the thesis and coursework is required and is administered by the committee. The advisor is responsible for planning, providing notices and holding this defense. The defense is typically between 2 hours long.
  5. For committees with three members, the thesis and defense must have unanimous approval.
  6. For committees with more than three members, up to one negative vote is acceptable.
  7. Should a student not pass the defense, the defense may be repeated once.
  8. The student is responsible for meeting all Graduate School deadlines. These include the submission of all forms. All academic policies for Master's students are found online.

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Graduation Requirements

Students must submit an Application for Graduation, the Approved Program Form and all thesis-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. Questions or concerns may be addressed to the FPE Assistant Director for Student Services, Nicole Hollywood, at nlholly@umd.edu.