The Graduate Program in Fire Protection Engineering

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. The department's major areas of interest 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

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.

For more information about our research and facilities, please visit the Research section of our web site.

For additional information about our graduate programs, please see the FPE Graduate Guide (PDF).

Degrees Offered and Other Options

Masters Degrees: M.S. and M.Eng.

FPE offers a Master of Science (M.S.) on campus. The program requires successful completion of eight (8) approved courses (24 credits), plus six (6) credits of thesis research (30 credits total).

FPE also offers a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Fire Protection Engineering through the Office of Advanced Engineering Education's Professional Masters program, both on campus and online. The program requires successful completion of ten (10) approved courses (30 credits total). A thesis is not required.

Students are expected to graduate after 18 months in the program. Students in our combined B.S./M.S. program and combined B.S./M.Eng. program are expected to complete the M.S. portion of their studies in 12 months.

Information on the on-campus degree programs is available from the FPE Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Arnaud Trouvé (atrouve@umd.edu).

Information on the distance option for the M.Eng. degree may be obtained from Dr. James A. Milke, FPE Professor and Chair, and Director of the FPE Distance Learning Program (milke@umd.edu).

Professional Certificates and Non-Degree-Seeking Studies

FPE offers a Graduate Certificate in Fire Protection Engineering through the the Office of Advanced Engineering Education, both on campus and online. The program requires completion of four (4) approved courses (12 credits total). 

We also offer courses for those enrolled as Advanced Special Students.

Additional information on distance options for the Graduate Certificate and non-degree programs may be obtained from Dr. James A. Milke, FPE Professor and Chair, and Director of the FPE Distance Learning Program (milke@umd.edu).

Ph.D. Degree

FPE does not confer a Ph.D. degree at this time; however, students may pursue a Ph.D. with a strong emphasis on fire protection engineering by enrolling in the doctoral programs of other departments in the A.James Clark School of Engineering, such as Mechanical, Aerospace or Civil Engineering. Fire Protection Engineering faculty are affiliated with these departments and can serve as Ph.D. advisors. Students must fulfill the requirements of the department in which they are enrolled.

Information on Ph.D. degree options may be obtained from the FPE Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Arnaud Trouvé (atrouve@umd.edu).

Goals of the FPE Graduate Program

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.

Additional educational objectives specific to the 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; and
  • have the basic competencies needed to pursue advanced studies (e.g., Ph.D.) in fire protection engineering or related fields.

Our programs are 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.