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Our faculty members are at the forefront of Fire Protection Engineering. 

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FPE Graduates Are in High Demand

  • FPE’s are among the highest paid of all engineers
  • More jobs than qualified people to fill them
  • Leverage UMD's promixity to Washington, D.C.
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Gain hands-on experience in our facilities

Our laboratory facilities provide hands-on experience with standardized ASTM test procedures, and permit the investigation of fire dynamics principles. Graduate and undergraduate students alike use these facilities extensively.

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Obtain an Advanced Degree in FPE

As a graduate student, you will find the support needed to work in a large number of fire-safety disciplines to advance innovations of your own.


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Goals of the FPE Graduate Program

The educational objectives of the Master of Science (M.S.) in Fire Protection Engineering  and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Fire Protection Engineering 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.

Find the Right Option for You

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 with the following options:

  • If you are a current FPE undergraduate student who has earned at least 90 credits toward your B.S. and have maintained a GPA of 3.50 or higher, you may apply to join our Combined Bachelor / Master of Science or Combined Bachelor / Master of Engineering program, which allow students to earn both degrees in approximately five to five and a half years;
  • You can apply to our M.S. program; or
  • You can apply to the M.Eng. program, which is offered online and on campus.
  • The certificate program idesigned with the working engineer in mind, it features a curriculum rich in the latest scientific and technological principles and practices needed for career advancement. It can be completed entirely online.
  • 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.


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