Application Information

Admission Criteria

The Texas A&M University formal graduate admission process is administered by the Office of Admissions and Records (OAR). On-line graduate applications are accepted at In addition to the application, the University requires completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if required, official transcripts from all previously attended institutions, and three letters of recommendation. Applications will be considered incomplete until OAR receives official GRE and TOEFL scores (if required) from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and official transcripts. GRE scores may be self-reported by the applicant, but must be verified by the start of the semester of enrollment. Letters of recommendation need to be solicited by the applicant using the application system. International transcripts are evaluated by the OAR using the standards in the Handbook of Placement of Foreign Graduate Students by the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs in order to determine the applicant’s equivalent Grade Point Ratio (GPR). The OAR releases the application to the department once an application is considered complete. The application is then routed to the Graduate Admission and Recruiting Committee who will review the graduate application and will make an official recommendation to the Office of Graduate Studies. The Office of Admission and Records officially notifies the applicant of the admission decision.

Entrance Requirements

The prerequisite for the MS in Safety Engineering program is a Bachelor Degree in any engineering field. At this time, the prerequisite cannot be waived.

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

Apply online at For the MS in Safety Engineering program you must apply to the Department Name is Chemical Engineering with the Major indicated as Safety Engineering (SENG). The following documents are required:

  • the completed application
  • official transcripts of all past academic work,
  • official degree statement
  • official GRE scores
  • official TOEFL scores if required,
  • statement of purpose, and
  • 3 letters of recommendation.

Non-Degree Seeking Students (NDS)

Please contact Valerie Green at 979-845-6884 ( if interested in taking a course for academic credit. International students must visit International Student Services page regarding the requirements for Distance Learning.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for the graduate program are:

  • Fall Semester admission – March 1st
  • Spring Semester admission – August 1st

Please visit the Office of Admissions website for more graduate admission information at