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PhD in Safety Sciences

Close-up of equipment in a Safety Sciences lab

EARN YOUR DOCTORATE WHILE WORKING  Online courses paired with six week-long summer workshops in our labs on campus, give you a comprehensive doctoral program that’s flexible enough to fit around your work schedule.

Teach the future leaders in safety sciences

IUP’s PhD in Safety Sciences gives you a chance to build your applied research skills while focusing on the safety problems that exist in the workplace today—without having to leave your job. It’s a way to transition from management to professor, from business to academia, and teach the next generation of safety sciences specialists. It’s an opportunity to be a part of a cohort of colleagues who will become an integral part of your network of professionals.

Upon completing your doctorate program, you will be able to:

  • Identify, recognize, evaluate, and control complex safety, health, and environmental hazards in the workplace.
  • Conduct and publish independent research in the safety, health, and environmental field.
  • Apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods to safety, health, and environmental problems, management systems, policy, and law.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge level of safety, health, and environmental management techniques.
  • Effectively develop, implement, and evaluate a safety education curriculum

PhD in Safety Sciences

  • The online PhD in Safety Sciences is designed for those who currently hold full-time positions.
  • 54-credit distance education and summer workshop program, including the dissertation, can be completed in three to seven years.
  • You are required to complete 24 credits through distance education courses and 18 credits through six one-week summer workshop courses, which are offered on the IUP campus over three summers.
  • Students will complete 12 credit hours of dissertation.
  • You will be required to arrange a written comprehensive exam with your major advisor.
  • You will complete an oral defense of your dissertation proposal before the dissertation committee.
  • Once you complete your written dissertation, you must then complete an oral defense of your dissertation.

The PhD 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 accepting applications for the summer 2015 semester. 


  Spring (Jan-May)  Summer (May or June)  Fall (Aug-Dec)

 IUP Workshop

SAFE 800
SAFE 803

Distance Ed

SAFE 804
SAFE 805


 Distance Ed

SAFE 806
SAFE 802

IUP Workshop

SAFE 811
SAFE 810

Distance Ed

SAFE 873
SAFE 874


 Distance Ed

SAFE 801
SAFE 808

IUP Workshop

SAFE 807
SAFE 813

SAFE 995
 2018  SAFE 995  SAFE 995  SAFE 995


Teaching associate positions

The program has two teaching associate positions available. A teaching associate will be required to teach two undergraduate safety sciences courses in both the Fall and Spring semesters. They are paid a salary for teaching and receive a tuition waiver for summer courses up to 9 credit hours. For more information, contact Dr. Janicak at

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

International student must meet graduate admissions requirements for international students, which include their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores and a financial statement.

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 PhD 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.