Sep 21, 2020  
2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Safety Management, MS (53-257) (30-36 hours) [Also available as an accelerated program]


Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety Management will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the programs to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
  • Recognize the importance of contemporary, global and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.
  • Develop, coordinate and/or participate on multidisciplinary teams to protect people, property and the environment.
  • Recognize the importance of life-long learning for the purpose of enhancing discipline specific technical competencies.
  • Analyze injury, illness and liability trends to help establish priority direction.
  • Organize limited resources for optimum risk control.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate hazard control processes for a performance safety program.

This professional degree is offered to prepare students to assist management in the effective use of resources for the development, implementation and assessment of a comprehensive safety and health program in a variety of occupational settings.

Students are admitted into one of three areas based upon their education and work experience at the time of application. Students must specify which area they are seeking admission into. Once admitted into an area, students may not change areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and being approved by Safety Sciences.

Admission requirements for all areas include possession of a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited University with a GPA of 2.50 or higher. Additional requirements by area are as follows:

Professional Certification Area - Possession of GSP, ASP, or CSP certification.

Work Experience Area - A minimum of 1 year of full time work experience with at least 50% safety related job duties. Work experience must be documented from one of the following:

  1.  Eligibility to sit for the ASP exam - eligibility letter from BCSP must be submitted with application to the program. OR
  2. Possession of current certification in good standing of any of the following certifications through the BCSP:
    1. Safety Management Specialist (SMS)
    2. Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST)
    3. Construction Health and Safety Technologist (CHST)
    4. Safety Trained Supervisor (STS)
    5. Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC)

Foundation Area - one semester each of chemistry and physics (one with a lab),college algebra, and statistics. Applicant must submit a 3-5 page essay that demonstrates writing skills. Essay should describe the applicant’s work experiences, describe why they are seeking the MS OSM, and how it relates to their future career goals. Applicants will not be admitted without the essay. Students must complete SAFE 5100  prior to or concurrent with SAFE 5140 .  Student must complete SAFE 5140 , SAFE 5200 , and SAFE 5210  before they may enroll in any additional 5000 or 6000 level courses.

Applicants that do not meet all of the above-referenced requirements may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Students should be advised that courses will not be offered on an arranged basis to meet an individual student’s time/availability or desire for a particular course format.  Online courses are not self-paced and require weekly reading, writing, and participation.

Areas: 9-15 Semester Hours


Students must complete all requirements in one of the following areas

Professional Certification Area


Elect 9 hours from the following courses:

Work Experience Area


Elect 12 hours from the following courses:

Foundation Area


**Indicates courses that must be completed prior to enrolling in any additional 5000 or 6000 level courses.

Minimum Graduate Hour Total: 30-36 Semester Hours


Accelerated Program Notes:


The Accelerated model for this program designed for the BS Occupational Safety - Environmental Management Option. 

Undergraduate UCM students with may consult with their faculty advisor and complete a school application to declare the accelerated BS/MS in Occupational Safety. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, student in the accelerated program will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the Accelerated BS/MS program.

Courses that an accelerated student may be eligible to include up to 9 hours as overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs:

SAFE 5160 - Industrial Ventilation for Environmental Safety and Health (3)  

SAFE 5440 - Environmental Air Quality and Pollution Prevention (3)  

SAFE 5445 - Water Quality and Waste Water Management (3)  

SAFE 5455 - Environmental Remediation (3)  


The Accelerated model for this program designed for the BS Occupational Safety - Occupational Health Management Option. 

Undergraduate UCM students with may consult with their faculty advisor and complete a school application to declare the accelerated BS/MS in Occupational Safety. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, student in the accelerated program will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the Accelerated BS/MS program.

Courses that an accelerated student may be eligible to include up to 9 hours as overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs:

SAFE 5150 - Noise Measurements (2)  

SAFE 5160 - Industrial Ventilation for Environmental Safety and Health (3)  

SAFE 5445 - Water Quality and Waste Water Management (3)  

SAFE 5515 - High Hazard Industries (3)  


The Accelerated model for this program designed for the BS Occupational Safety - Safety Management Option. 

Undergraduate UCM students with may consult with their faculty advisor and complete a school application to declare the accelerated BS/MS in Occupational Safety. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, student in the accelerated program will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the Accelerated BS/MS program.

Courses that an accelerated student may be eligible to include up to 9 hours as overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs:

SAFE 5300 - Agricultural Safety (3)  

SAFE 5455 - Environmental Remediation (3)  

SAFE 5510 - Loss Control (3)  

SAFE 5515 - High Hazard Industries (3)