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. The Online MS in Fire Protection Engineering Program is a part-time, flexible program allows you to explore advanced topics in fire protection and safety and customize a program around your professional expertise and your career and lifestyle goals. Students will work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized and relevant plan of study. A thesis is not required for the online degree.
WPI also offers an online graduate certificate in Fire Protection Engineering.
10 courses, 30 credit hours. You will work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized and relevant plan of study selected from the courses below. To complete credit hours for the program, courses must be taken in the following areas:
- Core courses* (3 courses required, 9 credit hours)
- Integration courses** (1 course required, 3 credit hours)
- Elective courses (6 courses required, 18 credit hours)
With your advisor’s approval, you may take up to 3 elective courses (9 elective credits) from other WPI graduate departments, either on campus or online.
Thesis option: Currently, WPI’s online graduate programs do not offer a thesis option, as theses cannot be completed online. If you wish to pursue a thesis on campus, it is the student’s responsibility to find an advisor. Please note that depending on the project’s subject and timeframe, there might not be a faculty member willing or able to advise.
Software used in this program: Decision Tools Suite of programs, Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS), NIST – Fire on the Web, CONTAM, PyroSim, EVACMOD.net, CFAST, Pathfinder, AutoSPRINK, AFSS Fire Research Engine
Course offerings are subject to change. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact us for the most up-to-date information.
Applicants to the online master of science in fire protection engineering should have a bachelor of science in engineering, engineering technology, or the physical sciences. Those with degrees in engineering technology or the physical sciences may be required to take selected undergraduate courses to round out their backgrounds.
Applicants should have already taken courses in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and calculus through differential equations.
Fire protection engineering graduates are in high-demand and find career opportunities across a range of industries and organizations, including fire protection equipment manufacturers, government, insurance, research laboratories, professional societies, fire departments, municipalities, and more.