Safety Sciences, MS

Safety Science Classroom

BEING PREPARED SAVES LIVES – What you'll learn in your coursework may someday save someone's life. The program focuses on both the technical and management aspects of safety sciences including topics like industrial hygiene, ergonomics, fire, construction, disaster preparedness, engineering principles, environmental analysis, and research methods.

Our Master's Degree Advances You Toward Certification

QAP BadgeOur Safety Sciences master's degree meets the Board of Certified Safety Professionals standards as a Qualified Academic Program. As a QAP, graduates of the MS degree are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner designation from the BCSP. Graduates with this designation receive a waiver of the Safety Fundamentals Examination and the recognition they are proceeding toward the CSP safety certification.

Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, July 12
7:00-8:00 p.m.


You have one year from the date of graduation to apply for the GSP. Instructions on how to apply are available on the BCSP website.

Please Note: As a courtesy, the BCSP is permitting those who graduated from the MS program beginning August 2015 to apply for the GSP until January 1, 2020.

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 deficiency coursework in college algebra, chemistry and physics as well as a 30-hour OSHA card in either general industry or construction.

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.

100% Online Program

  • The 36-credit degree can be completed on a full-time basis in as few as three semesters (fall, spring, and summer), or on a part-time basis in six semesters.
  • Students may begin in any semester. 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.
  • Distance education courses have a required weekly chat room session, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. eastern standard time.
  • We are now accepting applications for all terms (summer, fall, or spring).

Courses Offered in Summer

  • SAFE 660: Applied Industrial Hygiene
  • SAFE 647: Applied Ergonomics
  • SAFE 701: Environmental Impact Analysis and Documentation
  • SAFE Elective: Varies
    • SAFE 603: Human Relations in Safety; SAFE 562: Radiological Health; or SAFE 542: Current Issues in Safety

Courses Offered in Fall

  • SAFE 644: Preventing Unsafe Acts
  • SAFE 774: Fire Safety in Building Design
  • SAFE 605: Application of Safety Engineering Principles
  • SAFE Elective: SAFE 623, Advanced Safety Administration

Courses Offered in Winter

  • SAFE 541: Accident Investigation

Courses Offered in Spring

  • SAFE 602/791: Research Methods in Management / Capstone Project in Safety Sciences
  • SAFE 610: Safety Health and Environmental Administration
  • SAFE Elective: SAFE 543, Construction
  • SAFE Elective: SAFE 773, Disaster Preparedness

Admission Criteria

In addition to meeting the School of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, the MS in Safety Sciences program requires a baccalaureate degree in safety sciences or other closely related field from a regionally accredited academic institution and/or a professional certification (e.g., CSP, CIH, PE, or ASP designation).

If the applicant does not hold a baccalaureate degree in safety sciences or other closely related field and/or does not hold a professional certification, the student will be required to eliminate the following deficiencies: college algebra, college chemistry with lab, college physics with lab, and a 30-hr OSHA card in either general industry or construction. The deficiencies can be completed while enrolled in the program. More information on admissions requirements is available from the Safety Sciences Department.


The following criteria are also required and reviewed:

  • All official college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals
  • Résumé
  • Graduate Handbook signature page

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.

International Students

Due to the online format, international students admitted to this program are not eligible for a student visa. International students must meet all requirements for international graduate students.

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

Dr. Wanda Minnick, CSP
122 Johnson Hall
Indiana, PA 15705