Jan. 8, 2024
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The Master of Science in Safety Management program offered by the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources prepares you to help companies follow state and federal regulations, while designing programs to prevent disease, injury, or damage to the environment. And with a strong job market - Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 4 percent yearly increase in the number of jobs in this field through 2024 – you will be ready to respond to the needs of the public and employers, to inspect hazardous situations, and to investigate and administer government regulations.
The Master of Science in Safety Management program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. 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.
"Being a WVU graduate and a first-generation college student, I’m happy to be back to help you navigate the WVU System. Something WVU Online wants to do is assist you in creating your sense of community and continuity, making sure you have the answers to any and all questions."
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.
*This program will review unofficial transcripts prior to application submission. Please email Gary Phillips at GPhillip@mail.wvu.edu for details.
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:
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.
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose.
Learn more about faculty experiences in the Safety Management M.S. program.
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. Please contact the WVU Financial Aid Office at (304) 293-5242 or financialaid.wvu.edu for additional information.
Safety Management M.S. total degree cost: $25,740 – Residents and Non-Residents
Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required in all courses.
A minimum of 60% of courses must be from 500 level or above.
|SAFM 501||Safety Management Integration||3|
|SAFM 502||Controlling Environmental and Personnel Hazards||3|
|SAFM 505||Safety Legislation and Compliance||3|
|SAFM 528||Economic Aspects of Safety||3|
|SAFM 534||Fire Safety Management||3|
|SAFM 550||Loss Control and Recovery||3|
|SAFM 552||Safety and Health Training||3|
|SAFM 640||Instrumentation for Safety Managers||3|
|SAFM 689||Professional Field Experience||3|
Select three from the following:
|SAFM 470||Managing Construction Safety||3|
|SAFM 471||Motor Fleet Safety||3|
|SAFM 533||Disaster Preparedness||3|
|SAFM 539||Security Management||3|
|SAFM 580||Fundamentals of Environmental Management||3|
|OEHS 527||Noise Measurement and Control||3|
|OEHS 528||Industrial Ventilation Design||3|
|OEHS 725||Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Analysis||3|
|IENG 561||Industrial Hygiene Engineering||3|
|IENG 564||Industrial Ergonomics||3|
|IENG 660||Human Factors System Design||3|
|IENG 662||Systems Safety Engineering||3|
|ENVP 515||Hazardous Waste Training||3|
|ENVP 515L||Hazardous Waste Training Laboratory||3|
|ENVP 555||Environmental Sampling and Analysis||3|
|MINE 471||Mine and Safety Management||3|
|RESM 440||Foundations of Applied Geographic Information Systems||3|
|RESM 440L||Foundations of Applied Geographic Information Systems Laboratory||3|
|RESM 480||Environmental Regulation||3|
|OEHS 601||Environmental Health||3|
|OEHS 620||Industrial Hygiene||3|
|OEHS 622||Public Health Toxicology||3|
|OEHS 623||Occupational Injury Prevention||3|
|OEHS 630||Public Health Biology||3|
|OEHS 665||Worksite Evaluation||3|
|SBHS 601||Social and Behavioral Theory||3|
|FIN 455||Risk Management||3|
|CHPR 614||Injury Prevention and Control||3|
Any BIOS, EPID, IENG (except IENG 461), IH&S, OEHS, PUBH, SAFM, SBHS course 400-795, as approved by the student's AEC
Choose 1 of the following options:
|Final Oral or Written Examination|
Problem Report Option
|Final Oral or Written Examination|
|Formal written report or professional report/paper|
|Final Oral or Written Examination|
Total Hours: 36-42
To meet Program Educational Objectives of the Safety Management program, students must be able to meet the following outcomes at the time of their graduation:
A graduate of the Safety Management program will be able to:
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: occupational health and safety technician/specialist, industrial safety and health engineer, emergency management director, and environmental specialist.
Completion of the Master of Science Degree in Safety Management should take a student 18 months to complete following the coursework option plan of study.
Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in Safety Management may be required to take a set of undergraduate courses above and beyond the minimum coursework requirements.
The Safety Management program will prepare graduates to meet the safety mission of any enterprise. The goal is to protect, conserve, and improve the resources – people, property and efficacy – of the organization.
Jobs in this field can include but are not limited to the following careers: occupational health and safety technician/specialist, industrial safety and health engineer, emergency management director, and environmental specialist.
To view the courses related to this degree please visit the WVU Catalog.