M.S. in Safety Engineering


The MS in Safety Engineering is administered by Dr. Sam Mannan, Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) in 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.


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 16 hours of required coursework. The remaining 16 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 at www.applytexas.org. On the application, the department should be listed as Chemical Engineering and the major indicated should be SENG. The applications are then reviewed by the admissions committee. Admission is offered based on meeting admission requirements and the agreement of a faculty advisor, which can be from any engineering department. A degree plan is then approved in joint consultation between the faculty advisor and the Director of the program.

Distance Learning Options

If you are interested in taking the MS 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.