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.
Core Courses (18 hours)
Electives (select 6 hours, minimum 3 hours of FSEP courses)
Master's Thesis (6 hours)
Core Courses (18 hours)
Electives (select 12 hours, minimum 3 hours of FSEP courses)
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.
Graduate 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.
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.