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The Master Of Science in Safety Engineering (MS SENG) is administered by the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. The objective of this program is to teach the principles and practices of safety engineering for leadership careers in industry. The prerequisite for the MS in Safety Engineering program is a Bachelor Degree in Engineering.

Thesis Option

The MS SENG with thesis option requires a minimum of 32 semester credit hours of approved coursework and research.

Of those hours, 16 semester credit hours of required coursework with the remaining 16 semester credit hours consisting of a combination of research, electives and internship hours as allowed by the university. The thesis program includes extensive engineering applications with integration of safety principles, safety practices, and case studies.

Non-Thesis Option

The Non-Thesis option requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of approved courses and does not include a thesis; however, a research report is required.

Distance Education

The program also offers MS in Safety Engineering via distance education. Students interested in distance education can obtain the MS degree either through a thesis or non-thesis option. Distance education students may need to spend some time on campus to complete their research with the thesis option. The non-thesis option is only available to distance education students.

To view specific course requirements please view the Graduate Student Handbook.

Graduate Student Handbook (PDF)

Non-Degree Seeking Students (NDS)

Please contact The Artie Mcferrin Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate Admissions at if interested in taking a course for academic credit. International students must visit International Student Services page regarding the requirements for Distance Learning.

Entrance Requirements

The prerequisite for the MS in Safety Engineering program is a Bachelor Degree in Engineering.

The University computes GPR (Grade Point Ratio) on a four-point scale for each applicant. Generally, a minimum GPR of 3.0 is required to be considered for admission into the graduate program. While there is no minimum GRE score required, the scores are competitive based on the pool of applicants.

The University requires all international graduate students whose native language is not English to fulfill an English proficiency requirement. Verification of English proficiency can be achieved by a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79-80 internet-based or GRE Verbal score of 146. Those graduate applicants not verified must take the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) prior to registering for courses in their first semester. The ELPE evaluates English skills in the area of grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening, written composition, and oral communication. The English Language Institute (ELI) administers the ELPE as well as offering English courses in these areas.

The Safety Engineering program considers various factors when making the graduate admission decisions, such as quality of institutions previously attended, content of past academic work, letters of recommendation, applicant’s statement of purpose, and writing samples.

How to Apply?

Interested students must apply online at EngineeringCAS.

Application requirements

The following documents are required to complete the application:

  1. A statement of purpose.
  2. You may self-report your general GRE test scores (subject tests not required) in the Quadrant 2 Academic History section of the application. You may also upload copies of your unofficial test score reports in the Quadrant 4 Program section under Documents in the application.
  3. Unofficial transcripts
  4. Request three (3) letters of recommendation.
  5. Required application fees:
    • You will be required to pay the Texas A&M University application fee ($65 for domestic students, $90 for international).
    • You will also be required to pay the EngineeringCAS processing fee of $68.
  6. Official TOEFL scores if required.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Admission – March 15

Spring Semester Admission – October 1

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­­­­­­­­­­­­­Statement of Purpose

A one- to two-page essay on why you would like to pursue a graduate degree in Safety Engineering at Texas A&M. It is also helpful to include an area of interest, relevant experience, and plans for your graduate research.

GRE Requirement

You will need to accurately report your general GRE scores in the Academic History section of this application. If admitted, you will need to have your test scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to EngineeringCAS (use code 4119) BEFORE you can begin classes at Texas A&M. Test scores should be from a test date within five years of the date of the application. If you took the GRE more than five years ago, your scores have expired and you will need to retake the exam.

Note: Students who have had their official GRE test scores sent to the Texas A&M Office of Admissions prior to submitting their application through EngineeringCAS WILL NOT be required to send the scores again to EngineeringCAS. However, please know that your application will remain in the “received” category and not be moved to the “complete” category in the EngineeringCAS system. Departments can still make admission decisions on “received” applications.

TOEFL/IELTS requirement:

International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS test scores. Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure a timely receipt and processing of results. We will use your highest test score from one test date. Copies of test scores are not considered official, but uploading them to your application helps the university/department in reviewing your application for admission sooner.

TOEFL official test scores must be sent directly from the testing center to EngineeringCAS (use code B887) to be considered official. 

IELTS official test scores must be reported electronically from the testing center to Texas A&M’s Office of Admissions. To report your electronic IELTS, find this exact address in the test center database:

Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40002
College Station, TX

Applicants are exempt from this requirement if they have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or are citizens of the countries listed at this link.

Unofficial transcripts

  • Upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to Engineering CAS.
  • If you are admitted, you will need to provide official transcripts to the Texas A&M Office of Admission BEFORE you can register for classes.

International student unofficial transcripts

  • Please DO NOT order a WES Evaluation, or download an evaluation request form for this application.
  • We DO NOT require WES or similar evaluations.
  • If you already have an evaluation of your transcripts, you may upload it in the document section of Quadrant 4 of your program, in addition to your unofficial transcript(s).
  • If you are admitted, you will need to provide official transcripts(not evaluations) to the Texas A&M Office of Admissions BEFORE you can register for classes.

Letters of recommendation/evaluation

You must request three (3) recommendations/evaluations before you are able to submit your application.

Recommendation/evaluation letters are not required to be received at the time of the application in order for you to be allowed to submit your application. You can track the progress of your recommendation letter requests in EngCAS. You can also email your recommenders a reminder through EngCAS, or choose to send a request to another recommender.

When requesting recommendation/evaluation letters, please be sure to include the following information in the comment section:

  • Texas A&M University
  • List the degree and program you are applying to

Please note that when you click on the application link below, you will be leaving and be directed to the EngineeringCAS site built for applying to the Texas A&M College of Engineering’s graduate programs.

Support for the application system is provided by EngineeringCAS.


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