The Master of Science in Safety Engineering is administered through the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M.

The objective of this program is to teach the principles and practices of safety engineering for leadership careers in industry. The prerequisite for the M.S. in Safety Engineering is a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

As with all Master of Science degrees requiring a thesis, a minimum of 32 semester credit hours of approved courses and research is required. This program consists of 15 hours of required coursework. The remaining 17 hours will consist of the allowed combination of 691-research, electives and internship hours as applicable. This degree also includes a thesis. This program includes extensive engineering applications with integration of safety principles, safety practices, and case studies.

Please visit the Thesis Option page for more information on this program.

Interested students must apply online. On the application, the department should be listed as Chemical Engineering and the major indicated should be SENG. Admission into the Safety Engineering program is based on meeting admission requirements and the agreement of a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor can be from any engineering department. The degree plan is then approved in joint consultation between the faculty advisor and the center director.

Distance Learning Options

If you are interested in taking the M.S. in Safety Engineering via distance learning, there are two options to pursue. The first is the thesis option, which is much like the on-campus instruction of the degree. The second is the non-thesis option, which includes a total of 36 semester credit hours in place of research and writing a thesis. The non-thesis option is available to distance learning students only.

Please visit the Distance Learning page for more information on this program. 


Dr. M. Sam Mannan, PE, CSP
Professor and Director
Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3122
Fax: (979) 458-1493