Graduate Admissions

The following information is for students applying to the Master of Science degree program in Fire Protection Engineering ONLY. Students who wish apply to the Master of Enginering in Fire Protection Engineering program must apply for admission through the Office of Advanced Engineering Education. Students who wish to apply to a Combined Bachelor's / Master's Program should visit the Combined B.S. / M.S. or Combined B.S. /M.Eng pages, or contact Assistant Director for Student Services, Nicole Hollywood, at

Outstanding graduates from baccalaureate programs in engineering and science are encouraged to apply for admission into the Master of Science degree program in Fire Protection Engineering.

It is expected that full-time graduate students in the Master of Science program will complete their program of study within two years. All degree requirements must be completed within five years. In some cases, it may be necessary to complete certain undergraduate courses to fulfill necessary academic requirements.

Fire Protection Engineering Master's Program: Pre-Requisite Courses and Minimum Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Fire Protection Engineering Master's Programs, students need to have completed the following courses: differential equations, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and a structural mechanics or strength of materials course.  Applicants should have earned a four-year Bachelor's degree in an engineering or related field and attained at minimum a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA.

University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process

The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.


Spring 2018 (International Students) - September 29, 2017
Spring 2018 (Domestic Students) - December 1, 2017

Fall 2018 (International Students) - March 15, 2018
Fall 2018 (Domestic Students) - June 29, 2018

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate Application for admission in Spring 2015 and beyond.
    For questions, please contact the Graduate School at 1-800-245-GRAD.
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

For questions regarding the submission of your application, please visit If your question is not answered on this page, please contact the Graduate School directly since it manages the application process.

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.


For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.