The FEMP Program at OSU

Oklahoma State University’s graduate program in Fire and Emergency Management Program is one of the oldest programs in the nation. Students receive a superior academic experience in preparing leaders in the fire services, disaster management, emergency management professions as well as educators and researchers in these fields.


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Online or On Campus: You Choose

Students can complete degree requirements either online as distance students or as a resident on campus. 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.

A Brief History of Our Program

The program was established in 1996 as a Master of Arts specialization in Fire and Emergency Management within political science.  In 1999, the degree changed to the Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Management Administration. The curriculum includes public policy, strategic administration and organizational management, human dimensions of disaster, leadership, and terrorism.

In 2009, the Doctor of Philosophy in Fire and Emergency Management was instituted.  The PhD degree is designed to produce proficient and active research scholars.  It emphasizes preparing talented individuals for faculty careers at major research-oriented academic institutions, but we also welcome applicants whose career interests may lean to non-academic settings or academic institutions that stress teaching. 

Regardless of their post-graduation plans, all PhD students are given the same standard of preparation.  After all, it takes a competent research scholar to maintain currency in the field and provide their students or employers the best, most contemporary information the discipline has to offer.

If you would like to apply for the FEMP program, the application process is completely online, and you can find out more by clicking here.


The PhD in Fire and Emergency Management Administration is a participant of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus

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Learn More About Our Program

Click on any of the images below to peruse some of our FEMA-related media.

Graduate Program Brochure


FEMP Video Coverage

(Also available in PDF format)


Tornado Aftermath


A look into Disasters