Cal Poly

MS Fire Protection Engineering

Program Description

The Master’s in Fire Protection Engineering uses science and technology to protect people, property and businesses from destructive fires. Fire protection engineers analyze how buildings are used, how fires start, how fires grow, and how fire and smoke affects people, buildings and property. They use the latest technologies to:

  • Design systems that control fires, alert people to danger, and provide means for escape;
  • Evaluate buildings to pinpoint the risks of fires and the means to prevent them;
  • Conduct fire safety research on consumer products and construction materials;
  • Investigate fires to discover how fire spreads, why protective measures failed, and how those measures could have been designed more effectively.

Fire protection engineers work with architects and other engineers, state and local building officials and local fire departments to build and maintain fire safe communities. They make recommendations for cost effective fire protection solutions to ensure that the structure and the property and occupants contained within are adequately protected.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering, students should be able to:

  • Identify relevant fire safety codes, standards and regulations, comprehend the fire safety performance objectives and criteria associated with these documents, and apply these fire safety objectives and criteria to a broad range of applications.
  • Analyze the flammability characteristics of different materials, interpret the results of standard and non-standard fire test methods and evaluate the fire hazards associated with different materials in a range of anticipated settings.
  • Analyze the dynamics of fires in and around buildings and other structures through the application of fundamental principles and the use of state-of-the-art computer-based fire simulation models.
  • Understand how people interact with fire conditions in buildings and calculate evacuation times through the application of fundamental principles of people movement and the use of state-of-the-art computer-based evacuation models.
  • Design fire detection and alarm systems, fire suppression systems, smoke management systems, egress systems and structural fire protection to achieve specified performance objectives.
  • Perform comprehensive fire and life safety evaluations of buildings and other structures through application of the knowledge, skills and tools acquired in this program and effectively communicate the results and findings of such evaluations.

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Career Opportunities

The goal of the Fire Protection Engineering program is to prepare students to enter the Fire Protection Engineering workforce and be productive immediately. Fire Protection Engineering graduates can pursue careers in consulting, contracting, insurance, fire investigation and governmental agencies, among others.

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Units to Degree Completion 45
Culminating EventExam
Letters of Recommendation3
GRENot Required
Program Websitefpe.calpoly.edu

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