Academic Plan of Study

Master of Fire Protection & safety management

The Fire Protection & Safety Management (FPSM) program is a 30 credit-hour program that includes a 15-credit hour core, with the remaining 15 credits chosen from a list of elective courses. A capstone experience is also required, which may consist of a 6-credit hour graduate research thesis or a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of studies.  Distance students will be directed toward the non-thesis option while resident students may complete either option.  

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The UNC Charlotte Fire Protection and Safety Management Program has diverse faculty, from different geographic and educational backgrounds, representing the fire and safety science fields. This diversity carries over to our graduate student population as well: 

  • Approximately equal numbers of international/domestic students
  • Part-time (70%) and full-time students (30%)
  • In-classroom and online students
  • Thesis and non-thesis students 

Most students currently choose the non-thesis option, but we are expanding research project options for students.