Safety Management M.S.

March 2019
Next Start Date
Per Credit Hour


Fast Five:

  1. The degree is awarded by the WVU College of Engineering and has been ABET-accredited since 1993.
  2. Military Friendly - The Safety Management program is the only online program that will count your armed forces training.
  3. Five start terms per year - August, October, January, March and/or May.
  4. No campus visits required.
  5. Job placement rates near 100 percent.


The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering offers the online Master of Science in Safety Management for those seeking careers in occupational health and safety. Graduates will be able to identify hazards in the workplace, design and implement procedures to protect workers, investigate workplace accidents, and conduct training on safety procedures. The job market for safety professionals is strong—the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 4 percent yearly increase in the number of jobs in this field through 2024.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program is accredited by Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).


Applicant must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (certain Board of Regents degrees will be considered). 
  • A minimum GPA of a 3.0
  • 63 credit hours at the undergraduate or graduate level in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (15 credits at the junior/senior/graduate level) as well as 21 credit hours in communications, humanities, and social sciences

Individuals who have at least a 2.75 will be considered for provisional admittance. Provisional students must earn a 3.25 GPA in the first 12 hours of the program.


Application Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Request official transcripts* from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


    electronically sent to
*This program will review unofficial transcripts prior to application submission. Email for details.


Residents Non-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2018-2019


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


English Language Proficiency


Generally, applicants whose first language is not English must submit adequate TOEFL or IELTS results before an application can be considered for admission to WVU:


  • TOEFL Internet-Based = 79
  • TOEFL Paper-Based = 550
  • IELTS = 6.5

Applicants who have received a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia need not submit TOEFL/IELTS results.


However, applicants having only a master’s degree from an accredited US college or university must still provide acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores.


*Student must pay for all credits taken



The program is 36 credit hours.


View Curriculum



The curriculum consists of the following courses:


Required Courses

SAFM 501 Safety Management Integration
SAFM 502 Controlling Environmental and Personnel Hazards
SAFM 505 Safety Legislation and Compliance
SAFM 528 Economic Aspects of Safety
SAFM 534 Fire Safety Management
SAFM 550 Loss Control and Recovery
SAFM 552 Safety and Health Training
SAFM 640 Instrumentation for Safety Managers
SAFM 689 Internship (or valid work experience)

Elective courses (one environmental course is required)

SAFM 470 Managing Construction Safety
SAFM 471 Motor Fleet Safety
SAFM 533 Disaster Preparedness
SAFM 539 Security Management
SAFM 580 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
(or adviser-approved environmental elective) 
SAFM 641 Safety Leadership

Comprehensive examinations require the student to demonstrate the knowledge gained from coursework in a manner that shows his/her ability to integrate ideas and write coherently. Questions are drawn from the material taught in the required courses. Students may take their comprehensive exam during the semester that they are completing the last of the required courses.

Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Safety Management M.S. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.


Oil and Gas Safety Professional

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Construction Safety Professional

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Industrial Safety and Health Engineer

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Emergency Management Director

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Security Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Transportation Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Compliance Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9%


Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).