Coordinator:  Sorin Iliescu, Assistant Professor

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, public 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. At the time of application, the potential student must select between the two concentrations listed below. In addition to the four courses specific to that concentration, the student has to complete six elective courses.

The two Fire Science program concentrations are:

  • Fire/Arson Investigation (*40 credits)
  • Public Safety Management

Related Programs

If you are interested in Fire Science, you may also want to find out more about our M.S. Criminal JusticeM.S. Criminal Justice Online, M.S. Emergency Management, M.S. National Security, and M.S. Investigations programs.