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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 SENG program is a bachelor's in engineering.

The MS SENG requires a minimum of 32 credit hours of approved coursework and research. Of those hours, 16 credit hours are required for core coursework while the remaining 16 credit hours consist of a combination of research, directed studies, and electives. All credit requirements can be fulfilled via both in-person learning or online (distance) education. 

Core coursework requirement (16 credit hours)

  • 15 credit hours – five mandatory courses
  • 1 credit hour – safety seminar 

Other requirements (16 credit hours)

  • 9 credit hours – three elective courses
  • 1 credit hour – safety practice
  • 6 credit hours
    • Track A: Applied research (thesis-based program) OR
    • Track B: Directed studies (project-based program) OR
    • Track C: additional elective courses (course-based program)

A complete list of approved courses is available through the course catalog.

If you have additional questions regarding the program, or would like to access the graduate student handbook, please contact

Safety Certificate

MS SENG is designed for students to earn safety-related certificates along with their master’s at no additional cost. Options for a maximum of three safety certificates can be earned by students enrolled in MS SENG program: 

  • Process Safety Engineering Certificate
    • Requirement – 3 mandatory courses and 1 elective course
  • Risk Engineering Certificate
    • Requirement – Process Safety Engineering Certificate, 1 mandatory course and 1 elective course
  • Reliability Engineering Certificate
    • Requirement – Process Safety Engineering Certificate, 1 mandatory course and 1 elective course

Entrance Requirements

The prerequisite for the MS SENG is a bachelor's 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, work experience in safety domain, 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 – Oct. 1

For questions about the Master of Safety Engineering, contact:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­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

GRE is not required for MS SENG program. However, any GRE score reported appropriately will be considered during admission process. 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.

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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