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What is FPSET?

The fire protection and safety engineering technology (FPSET) curriculum provides preparation for assessing and reducing the loss potential with respect to fire, safety, industrial hygiene, and hazardous material incidents.


The FPSET program began at Oklahoma State University in 1937. The demand for loss control specialists has resulted in the evolution of the program into one that places emphasis on fire protection, safety, and occupational/environmental health. The program prepares graduates for careers in loss control, which is segmented into three major areas: loss from fire, physical accidents, and environmental exposure.

Career paths

Profession in, but not limited to, the construction, manufacturing, utilities or other technical fields with the following possible job titles:

  • Safety Specialist Engineer – Risk Engineer Trainee – Sprinkler
  • Design – Safety Coordinator – Environmental Health & Safety
  • Specialist – Building Inspector – Code Enforcement and Plan
  • Reviewer – Fire Inspector – Fire Marshall – Environmental Health & Safety Engineer-Hazardous Materials Specialist – Industrial
  • Hygienist – Loss Control Specialist


  • Home to the nation’s first ABET accredited FPSET program, OSU is still one of only a few accredited baccalaureate degree programs of its type in the United States.
  • Chairman of the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities recognized the OSU FPSET program as a “national treasure whose work is of great national importance” with graduates who safeguard art, history and the public.
  • FPSET graduates are widely sought after by varied industries looking to reduce fire and safety losses. Students have a variety of career choices and flexibility due to the diversity of training the program provides.
  • In 2010, the President of the National Fire Protection Association declared that OSU Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology is the “Standard of Quality in the Profession.”

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Scholarship Opportunities

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology offers a variety of competitive scholarships. To learn more, view all CEAT scholarship opportunities.

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