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Fire Protection Engineering, M.Sc.

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University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
The Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) at the University of Maryland offers an environment for advanced graduate study and research in the broad field of fire safety.


Graduates of our programs apply their skills in fire protection design (urban, building, product, material), fire forensics, research and development, and consulting engineering all over the world.\

The educational objectives of the FPE M.S. and M.Eng. degree programs are to produce graduates who:

  • have the technical knowledge and skills needed to practice fire protection engineering locally, nationally and internationally in a variety of modern professional settings;
  • have the ability to understand and communicate societal, environmental, economic and safety implications of engineering decisions on the local and global communities;
  • are prepared to attain professional certification and licensure;
  • appreciate the need to maintain continual professional competency and to practice ethically; and
  • are prepared to participate in the development and promotion of fire protection engineering and assume technical and/or business leadership positions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Combustion Theory
  • Fire Dynamics & Modeling
  • Fire Induced Flows
  • Human Response to Fire
  • Industrial Safety
  • Investigation and Reconstruction
  • Material Flammability
  • Risk and Hazard Analysis
  • 'Smart' Fire Fighting
  • Smoke Detection and Management
  • Structural Fire Protection
  • Suppression
  • Wildland Fires

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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). 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1474 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1474 USD per credit and a duration of .
  • National

    683 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 683 USD per credit and a duration of .
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*Tuition fee per credit hour

Living costs for College Park

  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
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