Master of Science in Environmental, Health, and Safety Management

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Program Description

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Overview

Management of environmental, health, and safety issues has changed significantly in recent years. 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 and management systems, which are woven into key business processes. The environmental management master 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.

Although they are distinct disciplines, environmental management, occupational health, and workplace safety share many technical, regulatory, and organizational characteristics. Today's professionals need to be educated in all three areas. Graduates are employed by Fortune 100 companies, environmental, health and safety consultancies, universities, and government agencies such as the EPA, OSHA, and NYSDEC.

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). Elements of sustainability are integrated into most core courses and some electives.

The program consists of 30 credit hours and may be completed entirely through online learning, or via a combination of online and traditional on-campus courses. The curriculum includes core courses, professional electives, and a choice of a thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive exam.

Cooperative education

Full-time students are eligible to participate in RIT’s cooperative education program. After completing two semesters (a minimum of 18 credit hours), students may request approval to complete up to one year of cooperative education employment related to their field of study.

Professional Electives

Professional electives are subject to availability and include Fire Protection, Occupational Health, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Industrial Wastewater Management, Air Emissions Management, Occupational Safety, Mechanical, and Electrical Controls and Standards, EHS Law, EHS Accounting and Finance, EHS Project Management, and Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Additional professional electives are available on topics such as business management, quality, sustainability, and other areas.

Industries

  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas
  • Utilities and Renewable Energy

Curriculum

Environmental, health and safety management (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • GRCS-702 Principles of Research Communication
  • ESHS-720 EHS Management
  • ESHS-740 EHS Management System Design
  • ESHS-755 Corporate Social Responsibility
  • ESHS-760 Integrating EHS Management
  • ESHS-780 EHS Internal Auditing
  • ESHS-790 Thesis
  • Professional Electives

Environmental, health and safety management (capstone project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • ESHS-720 EHS Management
  • ESHS-740 EHS Management System Design
  • ESHS-755 Corporate Social Responsibility
  • ESHS-760 Integrating EHS Management
  • ESHS-780 EHS Internal Auditing
  • ESHS-797 Graduate Project
  • Professional Electives

Environmental, health and safety management (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

  • GRCS-701 Research Methods
  • ESHS-720 EHS Management
  • ESHS-740 EHS Management System Design
  • ESHS-755 Corporate Social Responsibility
  • ESHS-760 Integrating EHS Management
  • ESHS-780 EHS Internal Auditing
  • ESHS-795 Comprehensive Exam
  • Professional Electives

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in environmental, health, and safety management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (or equivalent) over the junior- and senior-level years.
  • Have completed at least 9 semester hours of college-level course work in the sciences, with at least 3 semester credit hours in each of the following categories: chemistry, biology, and physics.
  • Submit a one-page personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two professional letters of recommendation.
  • Submit two writing samples to demonstrate written communication skills.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement of waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Applicants with acceptable professional certification(s) and/or work experience may have prerequisite science course work waived.
  • Applicants without formal academic training or documented experience in air emissions, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, occupational health, or occupational safety may be required to take professional electives in these areas. Students may complete a graduate cooperative education placement during their program of study.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required; however, applicants may submit test scores to support their candidacy.
Last updated May 2020

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