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Master's in Engineering Technology

The Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (FPSET) program offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Engineering Technology with an option in Fire Safety and Explosion Protection (FSEP). 
The FSEP program is designed to prepare students for professional practice that may include research or consulting components, with major emphasis in fields of interest such as fire protection engineering, explosion protection, fire and explosion hazards, and process safety. This is the nation’s only master’s degree program that is dedicated to both fire and explosion protection and related to safety. The program is geared toward recent graduates and professionals in a variety of industries, including insurance companies, the oil & gas industry, and fire protection engineering companies. The graduates of this program will have the deeper knowledge base that is needed to safeguard people in Oklahoma, the nation, and world.


The Fire Safety and Explosion Protection (FSEP) Program is intended to be especially attractive to engineering and engineering technology graduates from any discipline, and many science majors.  The program is interdisciplinary in nature and students with undergraduate degrees in fire and safety related fields or other STEM disciplines are invited to apply for admission.  The program consists of 30 hours of course work with a thesis option and 32 hours of course work with a non-thesis option.


Thesis Option

  • Core Courses
    (18 hours)
  • Electives
    (select 6 hours, minimum 3 hours of FSEP courses)
  • Master's Thesis
    (6 hours)

Non-Thesis Option

  • Core Courses
    (18 hours)
  • Electives
    (select 12 hours, minimum 3 hours of FSEP courses)
  • Creative Component/Report
    (2 hours)

Research and Faculty


Dr. Virginia Charter is a graduate of the OSU Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology program and has her master's degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has a PhD in Occupational Education from OSU and currently serves as a faculty member in the Division of Engineering Technology.

Meet our Departmental Faculty



fsepsGraduate students for admission would be expected to have a B.S. degree in engineering or engineering technology from an ABET accredited (or equivalent) program.  Alternately, B.S. students from other related disciplines may also be considered.  They should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher.  These criteria are generally deemed necessary for students to be successful within the curriculum.  However, applicants not quite meeting the standards may be granted probationary admission and/or required to take leveling classes, based upon their overall academic and professional practice, history, accomplishments, and standardized test scores.

Required materials:

  • Official online OSU Graduate College Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where you have done college level coursework
  • Statement of purpose or biographical statement
  • Three professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Current resume or vitae
  • International applicants must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or the IELTS (academic stream) examination. Not required for applicants with an OSU degree or degrees from Universities in the United States. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL exam is 79 (on the internet-based TOEFL) or 550 (paper based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. The exam must have been taken within the last two years.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is highly recommended. OSU's GRE institution code is 6546

Cost & Assistance

OSU and the Stillwater community in general are especially affordable places for graduate students. Oklahoma State University's estimation of a graduate student's annual costs is $18,820 for Oklahoma residents, $29,150 for out-of-state students, and $34,588 for international students.



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