Fire Protection Engineering Graduate Certificate Online

Graduate Certificate

WPI’s four-course graduate certificate online in fire protection engineering puts you at the forefront of fire science innovation and research. As a leader in fire science for more than 30 years, WPI gives fire protection engineers the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to help make the world a safer place.

With guidance from your advisor, you will select a cluster of four thematically related courses, taught by fire science industry leaders, to best meet your individual career goals.

This graduate certificate leads into WPI's MS in Fire Protection Engineering Online.

On-Demand Webinar

Fire Protection Engineering Info Session

View our on-demand webinar to be introduced to WPI's online graudate programs in Fire Protection Engineering. Get an overview of program logistics, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more!


Graduate Studies Series

Team members from Graduate & Professional Studies host quick and convenient webinars designed to highlight popular topics when starting grad school. Take a deep dive into specific areas of interest such as how to secure funding, how to ace your application, an overview of student services, and more!

Admissions Qualifications for the Online Graduate Certificate in Fire Protection Engineering


As with the master of science program, applicants to the graduate certificate online in fire protection engineering must have a bachelor of science in engineering, engineering technology, or the physical sciences. Applicants should have already taken courses in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and calculus through differential equations. Those with degrees in engineering technology or the physical sciences may be required to take selected undergraduate courses to round out their backgrounds.

For specific application requirements, visit our admissions for online programs page.

If you do not have a bachelor's degree, please view our list of undergraduate programs.

Degree Completion

You must complete the requirements for the online graduate certificate program three years from the date of admission into the program. The credits may be subsequently applied toward a master's degree if you are formally admitted to the MS program at a later date. View the current online course schedule on the MS program pageView academic term start dates for online courses.

WPI's fire protection engineering program bridges a gap between emergency response and engineering. The program teaches how to mitigate hazards resulting in fires and, when possible, how to provide a custom fire suppression system.
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Albert Simeoni, Fire Protection Engineering Department Head, Receives Prestigious International Research Award

Simeoni is being honored for “his eminent achievement in the advancement of the science and technology by connecting wildland fire science and fire safety science to better address wildland fire threats as a component of fire protection engineering practice.

Ready to Earn a MS in Fire Protection Engineering Degree Online?

If you’re interested in contributing to making the world a safer place by enforcing necessary fire safety principles, earning a fire protection engineering degree online is the path for you. Learn more about the online master's in Fire Protection Engineering.

Maybe you prefer to interact and learn in-person? Our on-campus master’s in fire protection engineering provides students the flexibility to learn part time or full time in the classroom.

Earn a PhD in Fire Protection

Learn how to make advances in fire science alongside our expert faculty with our PhD in fire protection. This program will explore fire safety, detection, analysis, and more. Be on the forefront of groundbreaking fire research here at WPI.

Webinar: Specific Application Sprinklers

Get an overview of sprinklers designed for unique spaces (such as attics) to provide greater fire protection. Industry expert John Desrosier, PE, provides real-world examples and experiences from his work in the field. 

See all the events and webinars that the Graduate Studies team are hosting and attending.

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