Master of Science in Safety Management


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.

Admissions 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.


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).



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Science in Safety Management requires 36 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $669.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $669
3 $2,007
6 $4,014
9 $6,021

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Science in Safety Management?

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.

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).

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%

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