Academic Plan of Study

Master of Fire Protection & Administration

 Degree Requirements

The minimum requirement for the MFPA degree is 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. This includes a minimum of 24 hours of formal course work. Students enrolled will 1) take a common core of 12 credits which includes study in both fire protection and fire administration; 2) choose additional concentrated study of 6 credits in either fire protection or fire administration, and 3) select 12 credits of directed elective. Students who elect the thesis option must complete 6 credits of MFPA 6900 as part of the directed electives. Students who select the non-thesis option will complete 30 credits of coursework and complete a comprehensive exam. Distance students will be directed toward the non-thesis option while resident students may complete either option. 

All students must complete the following 12 credit common core:

MFPA 5123 Human Behavior in Fire
MFPA 5132 Fire and Building Codes, Standards and Practices
MFPA 5223 Industrial Safety and Facilities Management
MFPA 6144 Fire Protection Systems

Students select one of the following 6-credit concentration cores:

Fire Administration Concentration Core (6-credit hours)
MFPA 6120 Public and Private Sector Interoperability
MFPA 6124 Fire Service and the Community
Fire Protection Concentration Core (6-credit hours)
MFPA 6103 Fire Dynamics
MFPA 6203 Fire Modeling

Students select 12 credits from the following directed electives to complete credit hour requirements for the degree:

MFPA 5150 Human Resource Management in Emergency Services
MFPA 6113 Fire Failure Analysis
MFPA 6126 Arson
MFPA 6164 Fire Science Laboratory
MFPA 6232 Structural Fire Safety
MFPA 6233 Performance-Based Design
MFPA 6243 Research Investigation
MFPA 6244 Fire Detection and Smoke Management
MFPA 6252 Law and Fire Safety
MFPA 6255 Leadership/Conflict Management in Public Emergency Services
MFPA 6260 Organization and Management of Public Fire Protection
MFPA 6270 Budgeting, Grants, Contracts and Finance in Emergency Services
MFPA 6800 Independent Study
MFPA 6900 Thesis (6 credits for thesis option)
CMET 5240 Safety & Risk Management
CMET 5270 Operation of Constructed Facilities
CMET 6130 Building Information Modeling
CMET 6140 Building Energy Management

Additional Degree Requirements & Information

Courses having 5000 numbers are open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. Courses with 6000, 7000, and 8000 numbers are open to graduate students only. Twenty-four of thirty credits, or eighty percent, of required courses are at the 6000 level.

Graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA in the courses on their degree plan of study in order to graduate. However, the grades for all courses attempted will remain on the transcript and will be included in the calculation of the student's GPA as it is reported on the transcript.

Up to six hours of approved coursework may be transferred from appropriately accredited graduate programs. Only courses in which the student earned a grade of B or better may be transferred.

Students pursuing a master's degree in fire protection and administration have two options to complete the 30-credit hour program.

a) 24 hours of course work plus 6 hours of thesis project (MFPA 6900), or

b) 30 hours of course work and a comprehensive examination.

Both options require the formation of a program committee.

The thesis option is reserved for students who are attending the on-campus program and are performing research under formal graduate research or teaching assistantships. Students receiving such assistantships may be required to pursue the thesis option. The thesis option requires students to submit a written thesis and orally defend their work before their program committee.

All non-thesis students must complete 30 credits of coursework and successfully complete a formal comprehensive examination.

The comprehensive examination is a written exam. A student's exam will be scheduled when he/she has at least 24 hours of course credit completed or in progress. The student's graduate advisor and the examining committee will coordinate the examination (to be offered once in the fall and once in the spring semesters), preparing the exam with the assistance of members of the student's program committee. The exam will measure the student's mastery of theories and applications in the selected area of specialization within the discipline. Students will have only two opportunities to receive passing marks on the examination.

Students are expected to take no more than six years to complete the program as per Graduate School rules.