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Degree Requirements 

The emphasis in course work is on depth of understanding of subject matter and on preparing students for careers in the areas of fire and safety. Depth is obtained through broad-based “core” courses, while other courses are targeted toward the student’s specific career interests. Both thesis option and non-thesis option are available.


  • Thesis Option 

    A minimum of thirty (30) semester credits is required by the University, which is summarized as follows:

    Core Courses (18 hours)

          GENT 5013 or POLS 5013 Quantitative/Research Methods

          GENT 5023 or IEM 5603 Project Management

          GENT 5033 Risk Analysis

          FSEP 5113 Fire and Explosion Hazard Recognition

          FSEP 5133 Principles of Industrial and Process Safety

          FSEP 5143 Structural Design for Fire and Life Safety

    Electives (Select 6 hours, Minimum 3 hours of FSEP courses)

          FSEP 5123 Fire and Explosion Detection and Mitigation

          FSEP 5153 Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability and Risk

          FSEP 5163 Principles of Industrial, Physical and Building Security

          FSEP 5990 Special Topics

          FPST 4143 Industrial Ventilation and Smoke Control

          FPST 4383 Fire Safety Simulation Modeling

          ETM 5153 Foundations of Engineering Management

          ETM 5221 Engineering Teaming

          ETM 5291 Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in Design

          ETM 5341 Leadership Strategies for Technical Professionals

          ETM 5371 Ethics for Practicing Engineers

          ETM 5411 Engineering Economic Analysis

          ETM 5481 Sustainable Enterprise Strategies

          IEM 5143 Reliability and Maintainability

          IEM 5990 Special Topics in Human Factors

          ENGR 5133 Advanced Environmental Law

          POLS 5303 Introduction to Fire and Emergency Management

          FRNS 5123 Fire Dynamics Forensics in Forensic Investigations

          FRNS 5143 Methods in Fire and Explosion Investigation NFPA 921/1033

          FRNS 5163 Advanced Fire Dynamics

          FRNS 5173 Advanced Explosion Investigation

          FRNS 5183 Basic Computer Fire Modeling

    Master’s Thesis (6 hours)

          FSEP 5000 Master’s Thesis

    Each M.S. candidate must prepare a written thesis and defend it before a thesis committee of at least three faculty members (minimum two from the FPST program). The written document must satisfy the requirements of the Graduate College for format and structure. The thesis defense consists of a twenty-minute oral presentation, followed by questions from the committee.

     

  • Non-Thesis Option 

    The non-thesis M.S. degree can be earned by the Creative Component option. A minimum of thirty-two (32) semester credits is required by the University, which is summarized as follows:

    Core Courses (18 hours)

          GENT 5013 or POLS 5013 Quantitative/Research Methods

          GENT 5023 or IEM 5603 Project Management

          GENT 5033 Risk Analysis

          FSEP 5113 Fire and Explosion Hazard Recognition

          FSEP 5133 Principles of Industrial and Process Safety

          FSEP 5143 Structural Design for Fire and Life Safety

    Electives (Select 12 hours, Minimum 3 hours of FSEP courses)

          FSEP 5123 Fire and Explosion Detection and Mitigation

          FSEP 5153 Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability and Risk

          FSEP 5163 Principles of Industrial, Physical and Building Security

          FSEP 5990 Special Topics

          FPST 4143 Industrial Ventilation and Smoke Control

          FPST 4383 Fire Safety Simulation Modeling

          ETM 5153 Foundations of Engineering Management

          ETM 5221 Engineering Teaming

          ETM 5291 Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in Design

          ETM 5341 Leadership Strategies for Technical Professionals

          ETM 5371 Ethics for Practicing Engineers

          ETM 5411 Engineering Economic Analysis

          ETM 5481 Sustainable Enterprise Strategies

          IEM 5143 Reliability and Maintainability

          IEM 5990 Special Topics in Human Factors

          ENGR 5133 Advanced Environmental Law

          POLS 5303 Introduction to Fire and Emergency Management

          FRNS 5123 Fire Dynamics Forensics in Forensic Investigations

          FRNS 5143 Methods in Fire and Explosion Investigation NFPA 921/1033

          FRNS 5163 Advanced Fire Dynamics

          FRNS 5173 Advanced Explosion Investigation

          FRNS 5183 Basic Computer Fire Modeling

    Creative Component/Report (2 hours)

          FSEP 5990 Special Topics

    The FSEP 5990 course is used for a creative component. A report (a “mini-thesis”) must be submitted, prepared in the style of an M.S. thesis, but not submitted for Graduate College approval.

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