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Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance







Milke, James A., Full Member

Graduate Director

Trouve, Arnaud, Full Member


diMarzo, Marino, Full Member

Associate Professor

Marshall, Andre W., Full Member

Sunderland, Peter B., Full Member

Assistant Professor

Gollner, Michael J., Full Member

Stoliarav, Stanislav I., Full Member

Assistant Clinical Professor

Isman, Kenneth, Full Member

More ENFP Faculty Information

Fire Protection Engineering (ENFP)   

Program Title and Classification

Fire Protection Engineering

Graduate Degree Program

College: Engineering


The Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) offers a world-class environment for advanced graduate study and research in the broad area of fire safety. The department offers a Master of Science (M.S) degree and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree. The mission of the FPE Department is to reduce the burden of fire losses on life and property by providing the highest quality of scientifically-based education, research and outreach in fire protection engineering, and in fire-related safety, health and environmental issues. The FPE graduate program provides the unique interdisciplinary academic foundation and scholarly training needed to address complex engineering problems with emphasis on advancing the field of fire protection engineering.

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 participate in the development and promotion of fire protection engineering and assume technical and/or business leadership positions.

Some additional educational objectives specific to the FPE M.S. degree program are to produce graduates who:

  • Appreciate the importance of scientific research as a mechanism to strengthen the technical basis of fire protection engineering.
  • Have the basic competencies needed to pursue advanced studies (e.g., Ph.D.) in fire protection engineering or related fields.

The program is designed to stimulate intellectual growth, increase the level of objective understanding of the physical world and further develop capabilities for analysis and synthesis in order to produce premier fire safety engineers and/or researchers.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume

The M.S. and M.Eng. programs are open to qualified students holding a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in engineering, or a related field from an accredited institution. Applicants should have taken the following 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 may then be asked to complete the prerequisite courses during their first semester at the University of Maryland. In most cases, the application process requires scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:


Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
29 Jun1 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Mar29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis only: 30 credits

Students with a B.S. in UMD's FPE program:


Eight approved courses (24 credits)

ENFP 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Students without a B.S. in UMD's FPE program:


ENFP 651: Advanced Fire Dynamics (3 credits)

Seven additional approved courses (21 credits)

ENFP 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)


The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program requires a research thesis and completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours of approved courses. Individual coursework plans are determined by the student, his or her advisor and the department. The M.S. research thesis should make a contribution to the advancement in the state-of-the-art of fire safety science and/or engineering. In addition to a M.S. degree, the department also offers a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree which requires 30 credit hours of approved courses in major and minor core areas. The M.Eng. degree does not include a research thesis. The department's degree requirements are given in detail in its graduate guide, see


Facilities and Special Resources

See for a description of the experimental and computer laboratories available in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering.

Financial Assistance

The department of Fire Protection Engineering offers several types of financial support through various research or teaching assistantships. Students are also encouraged to seek other external funding opportunities, for instance via University of Maryland work-study programs and internships available in fire laboratories and FPE consulting companies in the Baltimore-Washington area. For more details, see the department’s graduate guide available at

Contact Statement

Further information is readily available via our FPE web site at



Arnaud Trouvé, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

3104D J.M. Patterson Bldg.-

Fire Protection Engineering Department - University of Maryland - College Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-8209

Fax: (301) 405-9383 ">


Associated Information




Fire Protection Design (Urban, Building, Product, Material); Fire Forensics; Research & Development; Consulting Engineering