Education

Master of Industrial Engineering with Concentration in Public Safety Management

The Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston has developed a new concentration in Public Safety Management (PSM) in its existing Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) degree.Recognizing that industrial engineering can play a vital role in some of the most pressing issues in planning, managing and delivering public safety services facing industry and government, this concentration provides a solid education for understanding and tackling interdisciplinary issues at the interface of public safety management and industrial engineering.

The MIE degree with concentration in PSM aims at preparing students for their professional careers by building high proficiency in the engineering aspects of PSM. The concentration offers a well-thought-out course curriculum, internship opportunities, hands-on learning experience by collaborating with people in the field, direct mentoring from dedicated faculty, and competitive scholarships. Within this concentration, a PSM certificate program that is structured around a specific topic is also available.

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PSM Program Overview

The Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston has developed a new concentration in Public Safety Management (PSM) in its existing Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) degree.

The primary focus of the PSM concentration is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to assume leadership roles in managing man-made and natural emergency situations. The concentration is designed to provide analytical, managerial, and communication skills necessary to conduct and deliver effective public safety services in public and private settings.
The curriculum enables students to master the theoretical and conceptual aspects of decision making for public safety, logistics and transportation security, planning and managing evacuation, project and risk management, economics of disaster, and environmental health. The awareness and training in various information systems and computer simulation applications in public safety, emergency evacuation, and disaster management are other salient features of this graduate degree program.

This concentration will initially be offered as live class lectures.

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PSM Program Requirements

  • MIE with Concentration in Public Safety Management
  • Non-thesis program
  • Can be completed within two years
  • 34 credit hours are required for graduation. This includes:
    1. 18 credit hours core courses
    2. 15 credit hours electives (at least 9 credit hours must be from PSM courses)
    3. 1 credit hour seminar

Courses

Mandatory Core Courses:

  • Advanced Linear Optimization
  • Advanced Engineering Statistics
  • Digital Simulation

Core Courses (3 out of 6 courses):

  • Production Planning and Inventory Control
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Engineering Economy II
  • Human Factors System Design
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Reliability and Quality Control

Elective Courses:

  • Economics of Disaster (hybrid)
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Evacuation Planning and Management (online)
  • Hazardous Materials Management
  • Risk Management and Hazardous Mitigation
  • Database Systems and Information Management
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Decision Making for Public Safety
  • Operations Control in PSM
  • Computer and Information Security

For details about each course, please click this link.

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Admissions and Scholarships

The admission requirements for Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) degree with concentration in Public Safety Management (PSM) follow the general graduate admissions guidelines of department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston.

Interested individuals can submit their applications online at https://www.applytexas.org.

The Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston offers competitive scholarships to graduate students who pursue a MIE degree with concentration in PSM.

The PSM scholarships award $1,000 to qualified students based on the eligibility and the availability of funds.

A scholarship application requires the submission of

  1. A statement of purpose that describes the applicant’s career objectives in public safety management (limited to 1 page)
  2. A copy of recent resume

The scholarship application is to be submitted to Ms. Sharon Hall at SDHall [at] central.uh.edu.

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Career Opportunities

  • Homeland Security
  • State and local emergency planning and management
  • Private Sector: energy, utilities, and healthcare
  • Education

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