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MS in Safety Sciences

Contact Information

Any questions about the Safety Sciences master’s program should be directed to Dr. Christopher Janicak (, the master’s degree program coordinator.

Here are some questions we commonly get about the program:

What is the tuition?

See the IUP Bursar’s Office website for current tuition rates.

How do I apply?

You can apply online.


The Department of Safety Sciences offers a 36-credit program of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Safety Sciences. The program can be completed on campus full-time through a combination of online and on-campus courses, or through a part-time, online/summer workshop program.

On-Campus MS in Safety Sciences

The 36-credit on campus Master of Science degree in Safety Sciences can be completed on a full-time basis. The program consists of both on-campus and online courses. The program can be completed in as few as three semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students with identified deficiency areas in the undergraduate preparation will be required to take additional coursework as part of their program of study. Students can be admitted to this program in any semester.

Online/Summer Workshop MS in Safety Sciences

The Department of Safety Sciences offers a 36-credit online education and summer workshop program of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Safety Sciences. Students are required to complete 27 credits through distance education courses and nine credits through three one-week summer workshop courses, which are offered on the IUP campus. The total time needed to complete the degree is approximately two years. Distance education courses have a weekly required chat room. The required online chat sessions are used to supplement the course requirements. They do not count as credit hour contact time, as one would find in an in-person course.

The online/Summer MS in Safety Sciences is based on a cohort model, in which a group of students is admitted into the degree program and progresses through an established series of courses. We are now accepting applications for Summer 2014.

Summer Course Dates

  • SAFE 647 (Applied Ergonomics), June 2–6, 2014 (on campus)
  • SAFE 660 (Applied Industrial Hygiene), June 16–20, 2014 (on campus)
  • SAFE 660 (Applied Industrial Hygiene), June 23–27, 2014 (on campus)
  • SAFE 603 (Human Relations), May 19–23, 2014 (on campus)
  • SAFE 623 (Advanced Safety Administration, Summer II First week of July–First Week of August (online)
Course Schedule for Distance Education Summer Class Cohorts
2014   One-week workshop: SAFE 647 at IUP

Distance Education:
SAFE 774
Distance Education:
SAFE 602

2015 Distance Education: SAFE 605
Distance Education: Elective
One-week workshop: SAFE 603 at IUP
Distance Education: Elective
Distance Education: SAFE 644
Distance Education: Elective
2016 Distance Education: SAFE 610
Distance Education: Elective
One-week workshop: SAFE 660 at IUP  

During the first Summer Session course, students will receive an orientation to IUP, the Department of Safety Sciences, library resources, and distance education. For the summer workshop courses, housing and meals are available to students through the university residence halls.

Program Objectives

After completing the MS program in Safety Sciences, students will have achieved the following:

  • Expanded their technical and managerial knowledge and skills of the Safety, Health, and Environmental field
  • Acquired advanced research and communication skills
  • Enhanced their leadership skills
  • Developed an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities within the Safety, Health, and Environmental field

Admission Requirements

Admission into the MS in Safety Sciences degree program follows the School of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, which include:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale) if the bachelor’s degree was earned more than five years ago
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.6 (on a 4.0 scale) if the bachelor’s degree was earned five or fewer years ago

Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate GPA criteria must submit a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of at least 395.

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, 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, ergonomics, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, occupational health, and fire protection through relevant education, documented work experience, certifications, or other means acceptable to the Safety Sciences Graduate Committee.

When the Safety Sciences Graduate 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 deficiency clearing procedures is available from the Safety Sciences Department.

Programs of Study

It is the policy of the Safety Sciences Department to offer its courses at times convenient for both full-time and part-time students who may be pursuing a full-time work career.

Core Courses (24 credits)

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

Advisor-Approved Controlled Electives (12 credits)

Four elective courses are required. Electives are offered on a rotating basis. Examples of elective courses include:

SAFE 541 Accident Investigation
SAFE 543 Construction Safety
SAFE 562 Radiological Health
SAFE 623 Advanced Safety Administration
SAFE 630 Pollution Control
SAFE 701 Environmental Impact Analysis and Documentation
SAFE 773 Disaster Preparedness

Electives outside of the department may be taken with prior approval from the Graduate Program coordinator.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships, available within the department for qualified individuals, provide a stipend and tuition waiver. Interested students must complete an Assistantship Application, which is available from the IUP Graduate School prior to March 1. Assistantships are assigned by the department by April 1.

International Students

To meet student visa requirements, international students who wish to attend on campus will be required to enroll in at least two classroom-based courses during the Fall and Spring semesters along with their online courses. The Graduate Program coordinator will assist students in developing a program of study that meets the student visa requirements.

Computer Requirements

Distance Education Offering: Students must have access to a computer with an Internet connection. It is recommended the computer have the minimum technical specifications as outlined by IUP Distance Education. The majority of classes use “Live Classroom,” and the student must have a headset with microphone to participate.

  • Safety Sciences Department
  • Johnson Hall, Room 117
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3017
  • Fax: 724-357-3992
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.