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PhD in Safety Sciences

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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 2017 semester.

  Spring (Jan–May) Summer (July) Fall (Aug–Dec)
2015   IUP Workshop
SAFE 810
SAFE 803
Distance Ed
SAFE 804
SAFE 805
2016 Distance Ed
SAFE 806
SAFE 802
IUP Workshop
SAFE 800
SAFE 811
Distance Ed
SAFE 873
SAFE 874
2017 Distance Ed
SAFE 801
SAFE 808
IUP Workshop
SAFE 807
SAFE 813
SAFE 995
2018 SAFE 995 SAFE 995 SAFE 995

Summer 2015 Course Dates

  • SAFE 810 Experimental Design (July 20–24, 2015)
  • SAFE 803 Epidemiology (July 27–31, 2015)
  • SAFE 813 Practicum in Safety Education (July 6–10, 2015)
  • 2103 Cohort Written Comprehensive Exams (Saturday July 11, 2015)
  • SAFE 807 Doctoral Research Seminar (July 13–17, 2015)

Admission Criteria

It is expected that students entering the PhD program in Safety Sciences will already have completed a master’s degree in safety sciences, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, or other closely related discipline. A highly qualified applicant may enter the doctoral degree program with a baccalaureate degree. Such students must meet the Master of Science in Safety Sciences degree program admission requirements and complete the Master of Science in Safety Sciences degree requirements en route to the PhD.

Students with a master’s degree in safety or a closely related field seeking admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Safety Sciences degree program must meet the following criteria:

  • A student must have earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A student must have a master’s degree in safety sciences or a closely related field such as industrial hygiene, environmental health, or ergonomics.
  • Students not possessing a master’s degree in safety sciences or a closely related field but having a master’s degree in a technical field such as industrial engineering may be admitted to the program provided they can demonstrate they meet competency areas in math, chemistry, physics, safety management, industrial hygiene, fire safety, and ergonomics. The competency areas can be met through prior coursework, certifications, or taking additional coursework.
  • Applicants will also be required to demonstrate an ability to conduct independent research through a thesis, published research article, etc.
  • Applicants must have a minimum graduate grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Additionally, the doctoral coordinator, after consulting with the department screening committee, will submit a recommendation regarding applicants to the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The following criteria are reviewed:

  1. All official college transcripts
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Statement of goals
  4. Resume
  5. Official GRE scores (general test)
  6. Example of written work, e.g., thesis, articles, reports, etc

International students must also meet Graduate Admissions requirements for international students. These requirements include:

  • Submission of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from people whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score for admission to the program is 540.
  • Submit a Foreign Student Financial Statement. International students must document their ability to assume full responsibility for the cost of graduate education per Graduate School requirements.

Please see application instructions.

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 cjanicak@iup.edu

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 cCoordinator

Christopher Janicak, PhD, CSP, CEA, ARM
136 Johnson Hall
Indiana, PA  15705
cjanicak@iup.edu 
(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.