Oklahoma State University

College of Arts and Sciences

Fire and Emergency Management


Psychology Department

116 North Murray

Stillwater, OK 74078

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Management

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

With the growing threat of natural catastrophes, technological disasters, and terrorism, the field of fire protection and emergency management has exploded. Significant resources are devoted by all levels of government to help businesses, communities, states, and federal agencies prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of disasters. The complexity and scale of disasters requires high levels of leadership, professional competence and skilled performance. As a natural outgrowth of the need for more knowledgeable leaders in emergency management, there exists a parallel need to train effective educators and proficient researchers. Our graduates are leaders advancing the science and practice of fire protection and emergency management. Our program is thirty-nine credits that can be completed mainly online in distance courses as well as in the classroom. EFO credits are accepted for up to six hours of credit. The university requires students to complete a minimum of nine credits on the Stillwater campus. This can be accomplished by attending any number of our summer one week-long classes that are held here in Oklahoma. Our PhD program at Oklahoma State University is designed to produce proficient and active research scholars. Its emphasis is on preparing talented individuals for faculty careers at major, research-oriented, academic institutions. We also welcome applicants whose career interests may lean to either non-academic settings, or academic institutions stressing teaching, but our preparation of, and standards for, of all graduate students are the same. It takes a competent research scholar to maintain currency in the field and thus provide their students or employers with the best contemporary information the discipline has to offer. Our program is a 60 credit blended program that can be completed online in distance courses as well as in the classroom. The university requires that a minimum of nine hours must be completed on campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This can be accomplished during one-week courses in the summer.


Oklahoma State University will utilize a new and transformed model for maintaining institutional accreditation, the Open Pathway. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, referred to as the HLC, is replacing the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality with two new Pathways, the Standard Pathway and the Open Pathway. OSU has been approved to adopt the highest accreditation standard represented by the Open Pathway.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 39 and 60

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Distant Town

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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