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M.S. in Safety Sciences

The Department of Safety Sciences offers a program of studies leading to a Master of Science degree in Safety Sciences. A thesis option is available. Students are required to complete a core set of courses and select elective courses, with the approval of their advisor, in fields directly related to safety sciences.

The program is designed for individuals with relevant experience in safety sciences and those with appropriate undergraduate preparation who are interested in pursuing careers in the profession.

Program Objectives

After completing the M.S. program in Safety Sciences, students will have:

  1. Expanded their technical and managerial knowledge and skills of the safety, health, and environmental field.
  2. Acquired advanced research and communication skills.
  3. Enhanced their leadership skills.
  4. Developed an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities within the safety, health, and environmental field.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the M.S. in Safety Sciences program requires the same admission procedures established for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, that is, a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.6 CGPA.

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, a student intending to work toward a Master of Science in Safety Sciences will be required to have the following prerequisite professional preparation: entry-level competency in Safety Management, Occupational Safety, Occupational Health, and Fire Protection through relevant education, documented work experience, certifications, or other means acceptable to the Safety Sciences Graduate Review Committee.

When the Safety Sciences Graduate Review Committee determines that a deficiency in work experience or relevant education exists, a student will be required to complete additional studies to eliminate the deficiency. More information on admissions requirements is available from the Safety Sciences Department.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (24 cr.)

SAFE 610 Safety, Health, and Environmental Administration 3 cr.
SAFE 602 Research Methods in Safety Management 3 cr.
SAFE 603 Human Relations in Safety Management 3 cr.
SAFE 644 Preventing Unsafe Acts 3 cr.
SAFE 660 Applied Industrial Hygiene 3 cr.
SAFE 647 Applied Ergonomics 3 cr.
SAFE 605 Application of Safety Engineering Principles 3 cr.
SAFE 774 Fire Safety in Building Design 3 cr.

Controlled Electives (12 cr.)

Choose a minimum of 12 credit hours

SAFE 520 Law and Ethics in the Safety Profession 3 cr.
SAFE 541 Accident Investigation 3 cr.
SAFE 542 Current Issues in Safety 3 cr.
SAFE 543 Construction Safety 3 cr.
SAFE 561 Air Pollution 3 cr.
SAFE 562 Radiological Health 3 cr.
SAFE 565 Right-to-Know Legislation 3 cr.
SAFE 581 Special Topics 3 cr.
SAFE 604 Industrial Toxicology 3 cr.
SAFE 606 Hazardous Materials Management 3 cr.
SAFE 620 Safety Data Management 3 cr.
SAFE 621 Programming Safe Behavior 3 cr.
SAFE 623 Advanced Safety Administration 3 cr.
SAFE 624 Solving Safety Problems 3 cr.
SAFE 625 Risk Strategies for the SH&E Professional 3 cr.
SAFE 630 Pollution Control 3 cr.
SAFE 663 Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Methods 3 cr.
SAFE 664 Industrial Noise Control 3 cr.
SAFE 672 Process Safety in the Chemical Industries 3 cr.
SAFE 701 Environmental Impact Assessment and Documentation 3 cr.
SAFE 773 Disaster Preparedness 3 cr.
SAFE 681 Special Topics 3 cr.
SAFE 699 Independent Study 3 cr.
SAFE 795 Thesis 1 - 6 cr.

Other courses outside the department may be applied as controlled electives with the approval of the advisor. Electives will be offered on a rotating basis, but all will not be available during a two-year cycle.

  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Stright Hall, Room 101
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1048
  • Phone: 724-357-2222
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