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 includes current topics on safety management systems such as ISO 45001, sustainability, disaster preparation including not only public health related issues like pandemics, but environmental emergencies as well.  You will develop skills in industrial hygiene, ergonomics, fire prevention and safety research.  See more about our faculty and what students are saying!  The program is 100% on-line!  It can be completed in one-year (full-time) or part-time to meet your needs.

    How to apply:
    Please apply online

    Tuition rates:
    See the Bursar’s Office

    For more information:

    MS in Safety Sciences
    Wanda Minnick, PhD, CSP
    E-mail: wanda.minnick@iup.edu
    724-357-3276

    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.

    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.–7:00 p.m. eastern standard time.
    • We are now accepting applications for all terms (summer, fall, or spring).

    Typical Recurring Course Offerings

    Courses Offered in Summer:

    SAFE 660, SAFE 647, SAFE 701, SAFE Elective, SAFE Elective

    Courses Offered in Fall:

    SAFE 644, SAFE 774, SAFE Elective, SAFE Elective

    Courses Offered in Spring:

    SAFE 602 / SAFE 791, SAFE 605, SAFE 610, SAFE Elective

    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
    • Resume
    • 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

    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 summer workshops only. The remainder of the program will be completed outside of the US. The Office of International Education will contact students once they are admitted to this program with more details.

    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
    wanda.minnick@iup.edu
    724-357-3276