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MS in Safety Sciences

Safety Science Classroom

BEING PREPARED SAVES LIVES  What you’ll learn in your coursework and labs may someday save someone’s life. Knowing how to protect yourself when entering hazardous areas also ensures your safety and that of your future team.

Lead your company’s efforts for a safer workplace

Whether you currently work in the safety department of a company or want to pursue a career in safety sciences, we have the master’s program for you. If you apply with no prior safety sciences background or education, there are a number of requirements you’ll need to complete in math, natural sciences, and safety sciences.  

Upon completing the MS degree you will have:

  • Expanded your technical and managerial knowledge and skills of the safety, health, and environmental field.
  • Acquired advanced research and communication skills.
  • Enhanced your leadership skills.
  • Developed an understanding of your professional and ethical responsibilities within the field.

On-Campus MS in Safety Sciences

  • The on-campus MS in Safety Sciences program is designed for students who want to immerse themselves in the one-calendar-year program.
  • The 36-credit degree can be completed on a full-time basis in as few as three semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students may begin in any semester.
  • The program consists of both on-campus and online courses.
  • If you’re identified with deficiency areas in the undergraduate preparation, you’ll be required to take additional coursework as part of your program of study.
  • We are currently accepting applications to this program for all terms.

Online/summer workshop MS in Safety Sciences

  • The online MS in Safety Sciences program is designed for professionals who currently hold full-time positions.
  • The 36-credit online education and summer workshop program can be completed in approximately two years.
  • You’re required to complete 27 credits through distance education courses and 9 credits through three one-week summer courses offered on the IUP campus.
  • Distance education courses have a required weekly chat room session.
  • You’ll be part of a cohort of students who have been admitted into the degree program at the same time and who progress together through an established series of courses.
  • We are now accepting applications to the 2015 Online/Summer Workshop Cohort that begins in June 2015.
  Spring (Jan-May)  Summer (May or June)  Fall (Aug-Dec)


SAFE 647 (IUP)

Distance Ed

SAFE 674
SAFE 602


Distance Ed

SAFE 605


SAFE 603 (IUP)

Distance Ed


Distance Ed

SAFE 644


Distance Ed

SAFE 610


SAFE 660 (IUP)



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, available from the IUP Graduate School, prior to March 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

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 “Blackboard Collaborate,” and the student must have a headset with microphone to participate.

Questions? Contact the MS in Safety Sciences Program Coordinator

Christopher Janicak, PhD, CSP, CEA, ARM
136 Johnson Hall
Indiana, PA  15705
(724) 357-3274

  • 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.