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Protect Workers and Manage Workplaces Safety

You’re looking to build your career on the front lines of protecting employees, workplaces, the public, and the environment. Your calling is safety sciences, and it’s one of today’s most challenging and rewarding fields. If you want to expand your skills as a safety professional or if you’re looking for a career change, IUP’s Online Safety Sciences MS program may be the perfect path to help you reach your goals.

In our 36-credit program, you’ll progress through industry-current coursework that focuses on the technical and managerial facets of safety sciences. You’ll be ready to make good health and safety leadership decisions through studies in:

  • Construction
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Engineering principles
  • Environmental analysis
  • Ergonomics
  • Fire
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Research methods

IUP’s MS in Safety Sciences program also provides a thesis option and a path for you to pursue a doctoral degree in safety sciences, offering three dual courses.

Prepare to Be a Decision-Maker and Leader

The Safety Sciences MS program will prepare you to manage and implement a wide array of safety initiatives and solutions, using skills you’ll develop in:

  • Advanced research and communication
  • Professional and ethical responsibilities within the field
  • Enhanced leadership
  • Technical and managerial knowledge in safety, health, and the environment
  1. 100 percent online
  2. Admit summer, fall, and spring
  3. Weekly synchronous class sessions are required 5:30–7:00 p.m. ET

Imagine Your Future

As a graduate of the Safety Sciences MS program, you’ll be ready to explore job opportunities that flow from a consistent demand for highly qualified safety sciences professionals across the state, country, world, and within all industries.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of occupational health and safety specialists and technicians is projected to grow five percent between 2021 and 2031, about as fast as average for all occupations.*

The median annual wage for occupational health and safety specialists was $74,870 in 2021, with the upper 10 percent earning more than $118,510 annually. Salaries vary by title, industry, and state, depending on the cost of living in the area.*

To learn more, see the Board of Certified Safety Professionals® (BCSP) Salary Survey calculator. This calculator can be customized for specific information on job title, industry, and state.

Industries Looking for You

The Safety Sciences MS degree prepares you to work in almost every industry, including:

  • Construction
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and gas
  • Transportation

Similar Occupations

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be equipped with a sophisticated set of safety science knowledge and skills that qualifies you for a wide range of roles, including:

  • Construction and building inspector
  • Environmental science and protection technician
  • Environmental scientist and specialist
  • Fire inspector
  • Health and safety engineer

Career Opportunities in Safety Sciences

Certified safety science professionals who can anticipate, evaluate, and minimize hazards in the workplace are prepared for careers in these roles:

  • Environmental health and safety technicians
  • Emergency management roles
  • Safety engineers
  • Safety managers
  • Safety specialists
  • Safety technicians

Classes and Requirements

If you’re ready to move forward in your current career or enter the safety sciences field, the Safety Sciences MS curriculum is structured to meet your needs for an industry-specific advanced degree.

The program is designed to not only expand your skills as a seasoned safety sciences professional, but to help you apply your knowledge and elevate your career in multiple ways. You'll have the opportunity to develop research skills, share perspectives at student events, write grants, and conduct webinars.

In addition, you'll have access to the department’s annual safety sciences career fair, which presents opportunities to network with IUP graduates and explore job opportunities as a safety sciences professional.

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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Meet Your Advisor

In this brief video, you’ll be:

  • Introduced to your program advisor
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions
  • Meet two faculty members
  • Learn about course topics
  • Hear from a recent graduate about his experience in the program.

Industry-Valued Research

IUP is proud to announce that a faculty research team in the Department of Safety Sciences and Environmental Engineering is the recipient of a $30,000 grant from the MEMIC Group, a consortium of three companies that specializes in workers’ compensation insurance.

IUP researchers are using the grant to investigate ways to limit workplace slips, trips, and falls. A student in the MS Safety Sciences Program is helping to lead the research as part of his graduate thesis.

Safety Leadership HUB

The Safety Leadership Hub at IUP is hosted by the Department of Safety Sciences and Environmental Engineering and represents the university’s holistic approach to regional leadership in the safety, health, and environmental sciences. The Hub is founded on five pillars:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Corporate partnerships and collaboration
  • Consultation
  • Training

To learn more about IUP safety sciences research and events, and how to collaborate or partner with us, visit the the Safety Leadership HUB.

About Our Faculty

The Safety Sciences faculty members bring to the classroom their professional experience in industries such as insurance, consulting, manufacturing, healthcare, construction, government, and others.  All faculty are certified safety professionals and/or certified industrial hygienists, and many hold multiple certifications.

  • Our professors are active in safety sciences research, publishing, and service to the profession.
  • Their focus is on the student. All graduate students have an advisor who mentors them throughout their graduate program.
  • Safety Sciences hosts an annual departmental career fair.  An average of 75 companies attend the career fair, and it's here that you can find co-ops, internships and full-time employment.

Student Opportunities


IUP Chapter of American Society of Safety Professionals

The Department of Safety Sciences and Environmental Engineering has had a student section of the American Society of Safety Professionals for more than 20 years and has won the Outstanding ASSP Student Section five times. All students are encouraged to participate, and about 100 students currently are involved.

Rho Sigma Kappa

The Alpha Chapter of Rho Sigma Kappa was inaugurated at IUP in 1993. This honor society recognizes exemplary performance in the safety sciences. Graduate student membership is based on nomination by program faculty and requires completion of at least 15 credits in the major and meeting minimum grade point averages, as well as other evidence of superior performance. Typically, only 5 to 10 percent of Safety Sciences students qualify for membership in Rho Sigma Kappa.

Safety Sciences Career Fair

Our career fair is widely recognized as one of the crown jewels of the Safety Sciences and Environmental Engineering Department. With our outstanding national reputation, we attract some of the largest employers in many industries who are seeking to hire personnel with safety expertise. We host the Safety Sciences Career Fair in October each year at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. All students are invited.