Earn a degree in this high-demand field with excellent employment and salary opportunities. The safety profession focuses on keeping people safe while also preventing harm to property and the environment. You will gain hands-on experience with current laboratory and field technology, paid internships, participation in premier conferences, and applied projects.

Earn your GSP designation

All Occupational Safety Management majors are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation upon application at graduation. GSP is an alternate path toward the professional certification of Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Only students who graduate from a Qualified Academic Program meeting the standards of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals are eligible for the GSP designation, making it highly respected.


Employment Opportunities

UCM and the Safety Sciences programs have excellent placement rates. Our students are extremely competitive in the job market and have earned excellent starting salaries.

What are the admissions requirements?


Students are admitted into one of three Areas based upon their education and work experience at the time of application. Students must specify which concentration they are seeking admission into. Once admitted into an Area, students may not change Areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and obtaining approval from the Safety Sciences faculty.

All students seeking admission to this program must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a Regionally Accredited University with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Additional requirements by Area are as follows:

  • Professional Certification Area – Possession of GSP, ASP, or CSP certification.
  • EHS Degree/Work Experience Area – Possession of a bachelor’s degree in Environmental, Safety and Health and/or a minimum of three or more years of full time EHS work. Admission based on employment requires written verification from your employer confirming years of experience in EHS; applicants will not be admitted without employment verification.
  • Foundation Area –
    • Applicant must have completed one semester each of the following courses: chemistry and physics (one with a lab), college algebra, and statistics
    • Applicant must submit a 3-5 page essay that demonstrates writing skills. The essay should describe work experiences, explain why the applicant is seeking the MS OSM, and how the degree relates to future career goals.
  • Note: the Foundation Concentration requires two courses that cannot be taken online (SAFE 4010 and SAFE 4140). These courses are offered on the main UCM Campus. Students must complete SAFE 4010, SAFE 4140, SAFE 4425, and SAFE 5000 before enrolling in any additional 5000 or 6000 level courses.

How do I apply?

Complete your application and be sure to provide the School of Graduate & Extended Studies with official transcripts.

Those transcripts can be sent to:

  • University of Central Missouri
    School of Graduate & Extended Studies
    Ward Edwards Room 1800
    Warrensburg, MO 64093

Where can I find enrollment and graduation data?

UCM publishes a Fact Book with enrollment information and graduation data for the University and individual programs.

Program Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, the student with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety Management will be able to:

  • anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices;
  • demonstrate the application of business and risk management concepts;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of safety, industrial hygiene, environmental science, fire science, hazardous materials, emergency management, ergonomics, and/or human factors;
  • design and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs;
  • apply adult learning theory to safety training methodology;
  • identify and apply appropriate standards, regulations, and codes;
  • conduct accident investigations and analyses;
  • apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through an internship, cooperative, or supervised experience.

Program Educational Objectives

The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety Management will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the programs to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
  • Recognize the importance of contemporary global and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.
  • Develop, coordinate, and/or participate on multidisciplinary teams to protect people, property, and the environment.
  • Recognize the importance of life-long learning for the purpose of enhancing discipline-specific technical competencies.
  • Analyze injury, illness, and liability trends to help establish priority direction.
  • Organize limited resources for optimum risk control.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate hazard control processes for a performance safety program.
Program taught in:
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Last updated February 27, 2019
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597 USD
Missouri Resident: $298.50/per credit hour. Non-Resident: $597.00/per credit hour. Per credit hour rates do not include mandatory fees, housing or textbooks.
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