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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.

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Curriculum

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.

Research

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WPI’s FPE program is one of only three in the nation. Your research will benefit from the unparalleled expertise among our faculty and industry partners.
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As a recognized world leader in fire dynamics and computational modeling, WPI offers students a distinctive and valuable edge.
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Simply put, the resources in our cutting-edge fire science labs are distinctive, highly specialized, and valuable to fire science engineering researchers.
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Our researchers study much more than fire—the program elements include fire safety aspects of human behavior, business, management, and public policy for a comprehensive approach.
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FPE graduates enter a lucrative career field—WPI graduate students are recruited by local, national, and international employers to meet the rising global demand.
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WPI faculty members and their students create new knowledge every day, often in collaboration with national and international groups. Their work informs and shapes regulatory policy, building design, product manufacturing, and product performance standards.
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Our research labs offer frontline fire scenarios (up to two stories high) to help understand fire dynamics, material safety, wildland fires, and dust explosions. The results improve everything from building materials to firefighter safety to national fire regulations.

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Nicholas A. Dembsey

Nicholas A. Dembsey

Professor

My research focuses on the building performance applications of fire dynamics, fire characteristics of materials and fire models as well as fire surveillance applications of UAVs.

Kathy Ann Notarianni

Kathy A. Notarianni

Associate Professor

Today, firefighters serve increasingly as first responders for emergency medical calls, civil emergencies, terrorist threats, and hazardous materials incidents, in addition to fire emergencies. The fire service needs tools and technologies that aid in carrying out their ever expanding mission without increasing costs. My research is focused on working with the fire service to achieve this important goal. I am conducting research on fire department mobilization times and exposure of fire fighters to toxic gases.

Milosh T. Puchovsky

Milosh T Puchovsky

Professor of Practice & Associate Department Head

Practicing fire protection engineers recognize and assess a broad range of fire and life safety risks and, possess the technical knowledge and skills needed to develop effective solutions. Through my academic endeavors and professional practice, I bring practical perspectives to our students' educational experience. My teaching incorporates situations that practicing fire protection engineers face on a daily basis facilitating our students' functional understanding of a fire's physical behavior, its impact, and the role of reacting systems, regulations and product standards.

Ali S. Rangwala

Ali S. Rangwala

Professor

Current fire-safety standards do not fully account for the wide range of combustibility of materials found in industrial settings. Nor do the standards provide for accurate measurement of hazardous dust accumulation within the environment. My research addresses combustion, industrial fire protection, and explosion protection. Among the potentially life-saving projects I’m working on is the development of measurement and ~sensing devices designed to identify the presence, velocity, and flow direction of smoke.

Getting Involved

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.

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After Graduation