The MS.c. in Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) degree program provides students with a flexible, relevant and current curriculum that includes opportunities for students to demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge in safety, health, and environment. The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limited resources has resulted in a trend to move beyond regulatory compliance. Now, companies work toward sustainability through the use of integrated environmental, health and safety management systems, which are woven into key business processes. Although they are distinct disciplines, environmental management, occupational health, and workplace safety share many technical, regulatory, and organizational characteristics. Learn to effectively manage complex environmental health and safety issues and address risk and regulation in this concentration geared toward aspiring health and safety managers, officers, or directors. The MS degree in environmental, health and safety management provides students with a solid foundation in the managerial aspects of developing and implementing environmental, health and safety management systems that can move organizations toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future. In addition, students gain a solid technical foundation in air emissions, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, occupational safety and occupational health (industrial hygiene).


The Master of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) requires completion of 32 credits, with 12 credits in the core courses, 10 credits of specialty courses and 6 credits of elective courses. The program requires completion of a thesis of 4 credits. Admitted students with a different undergraduate degree are also required to complete a few credits of leveling courses which prepare such students for success in the master of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE), these courses do not count toward the degree. Students must write and defend a final thesis. The curriculum is intended to be completed in four semesters. This program is taught in English.

A minimum GPA of 14 over 20 must be maintained for graduation.

Leveling Courses (not applicable to the degree)

The students admitted for Masters in Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) will be required to complete 6 credits chosen among the following leveling courses that are designed to provide a background for the Master courses. These leveling courses are not counted for graduate credit towards the Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Master degree.

Leveling Courses: 3 courses may be required; 6 credits

Core Courses: 6 courses required; 12 credits

Speciality Courses: 4 courses required; 10 credits

Elective Courses: 3 courses required; 6 credits

Thesis: 6 credits

The research work for the thesis is supervised by one of the department members. The thesis must be written and defended within the second calendar years after admission into the M.A. in Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE). The Thesis Committee will consist of a Chair and at least two other academic referees.

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