Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516
Master of Science in Fire Science
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.
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 39
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 824 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large Suburb