Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Industrial Hygiene, MS (53-179) (34-47 hours)

Accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET
111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
Phone: (410) 347-7700

Program Educational Objectives- The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the programs to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally, both 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 and effectiveness.
  • Identify and evaluate agents, stressors, and work practices that impact occupational and non-occupational settings.
  • Collect and analyze data using valid scientific qualitative and quantitative methods and procedures.
  • Recommend and evaluate hazard mitigation strategies.
    Additionally, graduates with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene will demonstrate the following specific program outcomes:
  • Apply basic skills in developing sampling strategy, sampling methods, and use of control measures.
  • Design a hygiene program that mitigates chemical, biological, and physical hazards.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data using qualitative and quantitative methods of hazard assessment.
  • Identify and evaluate agents and stressors in occupational and non-occupational settings.
  • Apply techniques of using instrumentation to discover / identify hazards, prioritizing, and implementation for strategies to control or minimize the risks of exposure.
  • Evaluate the most appropriate level of protection that considers the degree of hazard, concentration of chemical and nature of the toxicity.

Students are admitted into one of two Areas based upon an evaluation of their education and professional certification at the time of application.  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 both Areas include possession of a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited University with a GPA of 3.00 or higher and one semester of each of the following course work with a grade of “C” or better for each:

  • Organic chemistry
  • Mammalian or Human physiology
  • Biology

Additional requirements by Area are as follows:
Area: Professional Certification - Possession of any of the following designations or certifications: Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
Area: Foundation - One semester of each of the following courses with the grade of “C” or better for each:

  • Chemistry and Physics
  • College algebra or higher level math
  • Statistics

Students must complete SAFE 5100  prior to or concurrent with SAFE 5140 .  Students 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. 

Industrial Hygiene Areas: 6-18 Semester Hours

Professional Certification Area

Graduate Courses: 6 Semester Hours

Elect 6 hours from the following courses.

Foundation Area

Required Graduate Courses: 15 Semester Hours

**Indicates courses that must be completed prior to enrolling in any additional courses.

Elect 6 hours from the following courses.

Graduate Courses: 6 Semester Hours

Minimum Graduate Hour Total: 35-44 Semester Hours


SAFE 6950  may only be used as a program elective for students completing a Thesis.  Students who complete this course and do not complete a Thesis will be required to complete the additional required credit hours to meet the minimum hours requirements.