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.
The fire science program covers a wide range of topics including the proper design, arrangement and use of building materials; analysis of fire and explosion hazards; safe design of industrial processes; management of property loss control and insurance programs; investigation of fires; management in the public sector; and safe design, selection and handling of equipment and materials. Updated skills are provided in the application of fire protection principles to fire department, water supply and building code aspects of community planning.
The university is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.