Take your place at the frontline of a global movement to design a safer world with WPI’s internationally renowned PhD in Fire Protection Engineering.
The first university to offer a PhD in Fire Protection Engineering—and currently home to one of the nation’s three graduate programs in the field—WPI is recognized as a world leader in fire dynamics and computational modeling.
As a PhD student here, you’ll learn from and work with expert WPI faculty members who are making advances that inform regulatory policy, building design, first responder operations, and product performance standards. You’ll also benefit from our strong industry connections, robust alumni network, and hands-on approach to learning.
Fire protection engineering is interdisciplinary in its nature—protecting our increasingly crowded world from the risk of fire means diving into a stimulating mix of engineering disciplines, mathematics, computer science, and even psychology.
As you pursue your PhD in fire protection engineering, you will have a chance to explore all the facets of FPE through our large selection of courses, and through focused research undertaken in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Our courses and research focus on these topics:
- advanced fire suppression
- building fire safety
- detection, alarm, and smoke control
- explosion protection
- failure analysis
- fire dynamics
Groundbreaking research is a cornerstone of WPI’s Fire Protection Engineering Department. Fire protection engineering is a relatively young field, and WPI faculty and student researchers are helping shape the discipline and create new areas of knowledge.
Our researchers receive significant funding from public and private sectors as they increase breakthroughs aimed at making the world a safer place, from assessing fire hazards of green buildings, to streamlining procedural standards for firefighters and understanding of how wildfires spread.
Our graduate students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and unsurpassed, technologically advanced laboratories and classrooms. Our Performance Engineering Laboratory boosts unique full-scale capabilities, including 2,000 square feet of space that can be adapted for a wide range of large-scale experiments. Other resources include our Combustion Laboratory and Fire Fundamentals Laboratory.
Whether you want to gain professional experience or just have fun, you’ll find many opportunities to get involved outside of class, from club sports to the performing arts. You may also connect with other fire protection engineering students in the WPI Student Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
Do You Have the Drive, But Need the Degree? Explore MS Options Online & On-Campus.
Ready to become a leader in fire protection, but need to earn a master’s first? With our master’s in fire protection engineering, you will gain the hands-on experience and exposure to predict and inform policy while on the frontline of fire emergencies.
Prefer the flexibility to study online at your convenience? Our online master’s in fire protection engineering is a customizable program that provides students the ability to study remotely part-time. Maybe you’re looking to get an introduction in fire protection rather than the commitment of a master’s? We offer online and on-campus graduate certificates that cover fire dynamics and computational modeling so you can gain advance knowledge in the field.