We are ABET Accredited

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland offers an undergraduate program which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( ABET accreditation signifies that our program meets defined quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter the workforce.

Mission, Objectives, and Outcomes


The mission of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering is to reduce the burden of fire losses on life and property by providing the highest quality of scientifically-based education, research and outreach in fire protection engineering, and in fire-related safety, health and environmental issues.  Our program provides the unique interdisciplinary academic foundation and scholarly training needed to address complex engineering problems with emphasis on the advancing field of fire protection engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the undergraduate program in Fire Protection Engineering are to produce graduates who will:

  • Practice fire protection engineering regionally, nationally and internationally in a broad range of modern professional settings
  • Pursue advanced studies in fire protection engineering or related fields
  • Actively participate in the development of engineering decisions on societal, environmental, economic and safety issues at the local or global levels
  • Achieve professional certification and licensure
  • Maintain continual professional competency and practice ethically

Student Outcomes

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering has incorporated the ABET a-k learning outcomes in the following student outcomes.  Students graduating from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of math, engineering and science in addressing fire protection engineering issues making use of modern techniques, skills and engineering tools available in the professional practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to design experimental apparatus, experimental procedures and data analysis generating novel information and knowledge in fire science and engineering.
  • Demonstrated ability to design systems, processes and components relevant to the fire protection engineering practice or enhancing the performance and safety of the fire service personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in multi-disciplinary or multi-tasking teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems representative of those commonly encountered in the fire protection engineering practice.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities associated with the practice of fire protection engineering.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through written reports and technical presentations with fire protection engineers and with other relevant professional constituencies (AHJ, architectural firms, etc.).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues relevant to the fire engineering profession and broad understanding of the relevant societal issues impacted by the engineering solutions.
  • Demonstrated recognition of the need to engage in life-long learning and ability to maintain state of the art fire protection engineering knowledge and skills.

Facts and Figures

Number of Registered Students By Gender

Fall 2011
Fall 2012
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Fall 2015
Fall 2016
Fall 2017
Female 27 26 27 38 33 30 37
Male 95 98 77 64 64 62 88


Total Enrollment and Number of B.S. Degrees Granted

Fiscal Year
B.S. Enrollment
B.S. Degrees
2018 125  
2017 92 20
2016 98 30
2015 102 36
2014 104 32
2013 124 32
2012 122 40
2011 120 34