The minimum requirement for the MFPA degree is 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. This includes a minimum of 24 hours of formal course work. Students enrolled will 1) take a common core of 12 credits which includes study in both fire protection and fire administration, 2) choose additional concentrated study of 6 credits in either fire protection or fire administration, and 3) select 12 credits of directed elective. Students who elect the thesis option must complete 6 credits of MFPA 6900 as part of the directed electives. Students who select the non-thesis option will complete 30 credits of coursework and complete a comprehensive exam. Distance students will be directed toward the non-thesis option while resident students may complete either option.
At UNC Charlotte, our engineering technology programs afford students an opportunity to learn through a hands-on orientation that challenges students to think critically, communicate, and work in teams to solve problems. Opportunities for professional internships, co-op, summer employment, and international summer study are also available to provide our students with real-world applications of theory and practice.