MS in Safety Sciences

  • The Department of Safety Sciences offers a 36 credit-hour program of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Safety Sciences. A capstone project is required. Students are required to complete a core set of courses and select electives courses, with the approval of their advisor, in fields directly related to safety sciences.  A thesis option is available.

    The program is designed for individuals with relevant experience in safety sciences and those with appropriate undergraduate preparation who are interested in pursuing careers in the profession.

    Program Objectives

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

    1. Expanded their technical and managerial knowledge and skills of the safety, health, and environmental field.
    2. Acquired advanced research and communication skills.
    3. Enhanced their leadership skills.
    4. Developed an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities within the safety, health, and environmental field.

    Admission Criteria

    Admission to the MS in Safety Sciences program requires the same admission procedures established for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, that is, a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.6 CGPA.

    In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, 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 science and math, safety management, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and fire protection. Demonstration of these competency areas can be met through relevant education, work experience, certifications, additional coursework, or other means acceptable to the Safety Sciences Graduate Review Committee. 

    When the Safety Sciences Graduate Review 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. At a minimum, this will include college algebra, college chemistry with lab, and college physics with lab. More information on admissions requirements is available from the Safety Sciences Department.

    All international students admitted to this program will receive F-1 student visa immigration documents which will allow them to enter the US for on-campus workshops only. The remainder of the program will be completed outside the US. The Office of International Education will contact students once they are admitted to this program with more details.

    Program Requirements

    Required Core Courses - 24 cr.

    SAFE 602  Research Methods in Safety Management  2 cr.
    SAFE 605 Application of Safety Engineering Principles
    3 cr.
    SAFE 610  Environmental Safety and Health Administration
    3 cr.
    SAFE 644  Preventing Unsafe Acts
    3 cr.
    SAFE 647  Applied Ergonomics
    3 cr.
    SAFE 660  Applied Industrial Hygiene
    3 cr.
    SAFE 774  Fire Safety in Building Design
    3 cr.
    SAFE 701  Environmental Impact Assessment and Documentation
    3 cr.
    SAFE 791  Capstone Project in Safety Sciences
    1 cr.


    Controlled Electives (12 cr.)

    Choose a minimum of 12 credit hours

    SAFE 520 Law and Ethics in the Safety Profession 3 cr.
    SAFE 541 Accident Investigation 3 cr.
    SAFE 542 Current Issues in Safety 3 cr.
    SAFE 543 Construction Safety 3 cr.
    SAFE 561 Air Pollution 3 cr.
    SAFE 562 Radiological Health 3 cr.
    SAFE 565 Right-to-Know Legislation 3 cr.
    SAFE 581 Special Topics 3 cr.
    SAFE 603 Human Relations in Safety Management
    3 cr.
    SAFE 604 Industrial Toxicology 3 cr.
    SAFE 606 Hazardous Materials Management 3 cr.
    SAFE 620 Safety Data Management 3 cr.
    SAFE 621 Programming Safe Behavior 3 cr.
    SAFE 623 Advanced Safety Administration 3 cr.
    SAFE 624 Solving Safety Problems 3 cr.
    SAFE 625 Risk Strategies for the SH&E Professional 3 cr.
    SAFE 630 Pollution Control 3 cr.
    SAFE 663 Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Methods 3 cr.
    SAFE 664 Industrial Noise Control 3 cr.
    SAFE 672 Process Safety in the Chemical Industries 3 cr.
    SAFE 701 Environmental Impact Assessment and Documentation 3 cr.
    SAFE 773 Disaster Preparedness 3 cr.
    SAFE 681 Special Topics 3 cr.
    SAFE 699 Independent Study 3 cr.
    SAFE 795 Thesis 1 - 6 cr.

    Other courses outside the department may be applied as controlled electives with the approval of the advisor. Electives will be offered on a rotating basis, but all will not be available during a two-year cycle.