Earn a Master's in Fire Protection Engineering Degree
WPI’s pioneering master's in fire protection engineering will prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to make the world a safer place—and rewarding and lucrative employment is virtually guaranteed.
A leader in fire science for more than 40 years, WPI offers one of the few fire protection engineering graduate programs in the field. Through our interdisciplinary program, you’ll study advanced topics in fire protection and safety and gain the critical thinking skills needed to become a leader in research, policy, education, and beyond.
Pursue your master's in fire protection engineering degree online, part- or full-time, or in the classroom. Every student benefits from the one-on-one mentorship and applied learning opportunities that are hallmarks of the WPI experience.
MS Fire Protection Engineering Curriculum
Our curriculum is grounded in the fundamentals of engineering, science, and mathematics, and enhanced with the fire safety aspects of human behavior, business, management, and public policy. You will gain hands-on experience with innovative, state-of-the-art fire protection and safety engineering technology.
You’ll work closely with a faculty advisor to tailor a program that matches your interests and professional goals and can study topics including fire suppression, risk management, industrial fire protection, and explosion protection.
Thesis and non-thesis options are available, and both part- and full-time students may participate in our internship program that matches students with sponsors around the globe.
Fire Protection Research
WPI’s Fire Protection Engineering Department (FPE) has an internationally recognized research focus, creating frontline fire scenarios to better understand such areas as fire dynamics, building properties, and human response to fire-related emergencies.
MS students have many opportunities to work alongside faculty researchers who are immersed in finding and applying new ways to predict fire behavior and inform regulatory policy. Our students conduct fire protection research on topics including building design and evaluation, in situ burning for oil spills, and forensic analysis of fire damage.
At WPI you will have access to fire protection engineering facilities unmatched in both academia and industry. FPE graduate students conduct both course-based and independent research in our state-of- the-art Fire Science Laboratory, Combustion Laboratory, Fire Modeling Laboratory, and Wet Lab.
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!
Getting Involved Beyond Your MS Fire Protection Engineering Degree
Graduate students are an integral part of WPI’s active and engaged campus, from student government to performing arts. Fire protection engineering (FPE) students may also join the WPI Student Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, which organizes seminars, speakers, and field trips on FPE topics.
Fire Protection Engineering Careers
A rewarding and lucrative career is virtually guaranteed for fire protection engineering graduates, as the global demand for highly skilled fire protection engineers continues to grow. Our students are highly sought after and find work within the fire protection industry and in the sectors of consulting, government, and research, education, and testing. Graduates obtain fire protection engineering jobs in a variety of work environments across the world.