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CEAT's FEMP program ranks No. 1

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Media Contact: Kristi Wheeler | Manager, CEAT Marketing and Communications | 405-744-5831 |

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at Oklahoma State University has been ranked No. 1 for their Doctorate in Fire and Emergency Management Administration (FEMP) by College Rank.   

One of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the nation, OSU’s Doctorate in Fire and Emergency Management prepares leaders in fire and emergency management, homeland security occupations, educators and research scholars. 

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.

A major component of OSU’s land-grant mission is service to community, state and nation by preparing professionals for jobs in critical service sectors. The mission of FEMP is to prepare professionals for management positions in the critical service professions of fire and rescue, emergency management, emergency medical services, law enforcement, homeland security and related fields in both the public and private sectors.

These professions are concerned with the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from the adverse effects of acute exposures to natural, technological and social hazards. The program specializes in strategic policy, public management, organizational behavior, human dimensions of disaster, leadership and counterterrorism. It also facilitates professional networking among its students and with leaders in the field.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with theoretical and substantive knowledge about management structures and functions, analytical skills that enable the practical application of theories, research skills that enable critical analysis of real-world problems, and written communication skills necessary for effective management.

"The Fire and Emergency Management Program at Oklahoma State University has been crucial to my success as a practitioner and academic,” said Brian O’Neil, FEMP Ph.D. candidate. “The program's professors form a perfectly constructed team with expert knowledge in all aspects of the fire service, emergency management, disaster sciences, risk theory, public administration and organizational behavior.  Moreover, the program has allowed me to interact with emergency professionals worldwide, significantly enhancing my understanding of my profession.

"Perhaps most importantly, the program has given me the skill set to help bridge the gap between research and practice in the fire service. My experience as a FEMP student has been wonderful, and I give the program my highest recommendation." 

OSU also offers a minor in Emergency Management and a Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Management Administration.

College Rank assesses only accredited programs and universities for their rankings based on potential salary after graduation, individual program accreditation and overall affordability: 5 Best Online Ph.D.s in Emergency Management - College Rank.

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