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Safety Management M.S.

Jan. 9, 2023

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Preparing Risk Minimizers

The Master of Science in Safety Management 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.

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Learning Formats

Online Synchronous

Start Date

January 9, 2023
May 15, 2023
August 16, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Safety Management

Program Details

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Fast Five

  1. The degree is housed in the WVU Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources 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. Multiple start dates per year.
  4. No campus visits required.
  5. Job placement rates near 100 percent.

The Master of Science program in Safety Management 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. 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.

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Admission Requirements

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 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:

  • 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.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Safety Management M.S. requires 36 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $698.

Total Degree Cost

$25,128 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $698
3 $2,094
6 $4,188
9 $6,282

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Financial Aid

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.

Career Paths

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
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Security Management
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Emergency Management Director
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Enviornmental Scientist Specialist, Including Health
Projected Growth: 8% or higher

Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Projected Growth: 3-4%

Transportation, Storage and Distribution Manager
Projected Growth: 3-4%

Industrial Safety and Health Engineer
Projected Growth: 3-4%

Health and Safety Engineer
Projected Growth: 3-4%

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).

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