Graduate Course Descriptions (On Campus Only)

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering's combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science and Bachelor of Science / Master of Engineering programs are not the same. Each program has its own requirments and options. For more information, see our M.S. vs. M.Eng page.

Students enrolled in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering's (FPE) B.S. program may apply to our Combined Bachelor of Science / Master of Science program. This requires a GPA of 3.50 or higher and 90 or more degree credits. The Combined Bachelor of Science (B.S.) / Master of Science (M.S.) program allows students to complete both degrees in approximately five to five and a half years.

Application to the combined Bachelor of Science (B.S.) / Master of Science (M.S.) degree program is a two-step process. In the first step, students must submit a Combined Bachelor of Science / Master of Science Form, which can be downloaded from the Clark School's Office of Undergraduate Advising web site at, under "Request to Take Graduate Courses." This form identifies the three (3) graduate courses that are counted for both undergraduate/graduate degrees. It should be submitted to 1131 Martin Hall at least one day before the first meeting of the student’s first 600+ class.

In the second step, students must apply to the UMD graduate school. Deadlines for applying to the FPE graduate program may be found on the University of Maryland Graduate School web site.

Acceptance to FPE's combined Bachelor of Science Master of Science program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School.

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Course Requirements

Interested and qualified undergraduates should take three (3) graduate courses (9 credits) after reaching 90 degree credits. These nine (9) credits will be counted as part of their coursework requirement for both their B.S. and M.S. degrees. The 600+ courses that can be considered for this purpose are selected from the following paired 400/600 level courses:

  • ENFP 405/621: Structural Fire Protection/Analytical Procedures of Structural Fire Protection
  • ENFP 413/613: Human Response to Fire
  • ENFP 415/651: Fire Dynamics/Advanced Fire Dynamics
  • ENFP 440/627: Smoke Management and Fire Alarm Systems/Smoke Detection and Management
  • ENFP 464/664: Special Topics: Industrial Fire Safety
  • ENFP 465/665: Special Topics: Fire and Explosion: Investigation and Reconstruction
  • ENFP 489W/629W: Wildland Fires: Science and Applications

Note: Students are only allowed to take one course in each pair. You cannot take both the 400-level and 600-level versions of a course.

After admission to the Graduate School, additional requirements for the completion of the Combined Bachelor of Science / Master of Science program include:

Two (2) of the following courses:

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

For more information, please visit our graduate courses page.

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


Two (2) courses of the student’s choice at the 400+ level subject to approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.


Graduate-level courses taken while the student is an undergraduate are paid for by the student's full-time undergraduate tuition. The balance of credits taken as a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Science program are subject to the tuition and fees set by the University of Maryland Office of the Bursar.

For more information, please contact:

Nicole L. Hollywood

Assistant Director of Student Services
301-405-3994 |