Fire science is an interdisciplinary program that provides an advanced technical background for professionals involved with fire protection and investigation, in areas such as fire service, fire safety, occupational safety, and security.
One of only a small number of such programs in the United States, our master’s program in fire science offers 39 credits of interdisciplinary coursework in fire/arson investigation, emergency management, occupational safety, and more. Students in the program study alongside leading professionals in the fire service including current and former fire and police chiefs, homeland security executives, private investigators, and insurance agents. Successful alumni have moved on to leadership positions in local fire departments, state and federal emergency agencies, and private firms.
Students in the program complete three required core courses covering topics in the chemistry of fire and the dynamics of structural fires along with a required internship or research project. An additional four courses in a specific program concentration as well as six elective courses allow students to customize the program to their individual career aspirations. To customize your studies, select from one of three different program concentrations:
• Fire Administration
• Fire/Arson Investigation
• Public Safety Management