Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

Murray State University

Program Description

Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

Murray State University

CHAIR: Gary A. Morris

GRADUATE PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Bassam H. Atieh

ACCREDITED BY: Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET (ASAC/ABET)

OBJECTIVES

The graduate program in Occupational Safety and Health is designed to prepare students to become competent and demonstrate knowledge in the occupational safety and health program concentrations: environmental health and safety, industrial hygiene and safety management.

Persons pursuing this degree must have a B.Sc. degree in Occupational Safety and Health, or a related field, and/or complete a core of 15 credit (semester) hours of undergraduate work.

The graduate program in Occupational Safety and Health is designed to prepare students to become competent and demonstrate knowledge in the occupational safety and health program concentrations: environmental health and safety, industrial hygiene and safety management.

Persons pursuing this degree must have a B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health, or a related field, and/or complete a core of 15 credit (semester) hours of undergraduate work.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: [30]

  • Thesis Track
  • Non-Thesis Track

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

  • Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Graduate Admissions).
  • Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows.

UNCONDITIONAL

Unconditional Admission status is granted only to students who graduate from Murray State University with a baccalaureate degree in occupational safety and health and with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.

All other students regardless of GPA, field of study, and GRE results are admitted to the program with Conditional Admission status. To move into Unconditional status, the student must meet the university requirement of obtaining a 3.00 in the first nine hours of graduate work and additional criteria set forth by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

CONDITIONAL

The following Conditional status will be based on undergraduate GPA, regardless of undergraduate baccalaureate degree field or major. - 2.99 - 2.50: CONDITIONAL - 2.49 - 2.25: CONDITIONAL AFTER A THOROUGH TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION - 2.24 - 2.00: CONDITIONAL AFTER EVALUATION AND PROBATIONARY ADMISSION (The student must be enrolled as full-time and maintain a GPA of 3.30 for the first nine graduate credit hours.)

Students admitted from a different undergraduate field/discipline must complete the following coursework in addition to the above GPA requirements. Undergraduate coursework is required in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. The following courses are the minimum acceptable requirements for pursuing a master’s degree in occupational safety and health. - BIO 101 - CHE 105 - MAT 130, or 140 and 145, or 150 - PHY 125 and 126 - MAT 135 or PSY 300 Students must also complete 15 prerequisite credit hours in Occupational Safety and Health and pass these courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

OTHER DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • Comprehensive examination (non-thesis track)
  • Oral defense of thesis (thesis track)

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS AND NOTES

  • Students selecting the environmental concentration must take OSH 311
  • Students selecting the industrial hygiene concentration must take OSH 425, OSH 626, and OSH 656
  • Students selecting the safety management concentration must take OSH 384
  • Students selecting to do thesis must take OSH 657
  • Students with no adequate undergraduate statistics preparation must take OSH 637 Within the department guidelines, the individual student's program is developed in consultation with graduate program advisor.


Technical requirement courses are selected based on the student's program and must be approved by the graduate program advisor.

Job Opportunities

Students graduating with a degree in occupational safety and health may find challenging positions in industrial plants; factories; insurance; construction; commerce; and federal, state and local governments. According to the American Society of Safety Engineers, the largest employers of safety professionals are manufacturing, service industries, construction, insurance, consulting firms, and the government.

Typical job titles include Safety Specialist, Safety Inspector, Compliance Officer, Safety Manager, Safety Director, and Safety Administrator. Related fields include industrial hygiene, fire protection, risk management, security, environmental engineering, and loss control. Some of the major functions performed on the job include safety training, accident investigation, audits and inspections, hazard analysis, fire protection, compliance, machine guarding, and emergency preparedness.

The job outlook for college graduates in occupational safety and health is extremely good and starting salaries are competitive with those of other fields.

The academic program in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University provides a comprehensive, broad-based educational background to prepare practical-oriented and academically sound graduates for entry-level and advanced positions in the safety, health and environmental profession.

The undergraduate and graduate degree programs are designed to provide the technical and professional knowledge required by individuals pursuing careers in safety management, occupational health, industrial hygiene, loss/risk control management, ergonomics, emergency planning and response, and environmental health and safety. Our graduates are academically prepared to pursue advanced degrees in higher education.

Our mission and purpose include:

  • having a core value of teaching excellence to provide quality education that prepares the very best graduates possible to serve in the challenging roles as safety, health, and environmental professionals;
  • placing a high premium on academic outreach, collaborative relationships with business and industry, government agencies and other universities at home and abroad;
  • emphasizing student-centered learning and educational experiences that include internships, co-ops, study abroad programs, service learning, research and creative projects, and professional organizations that enhance and strengthen their academic preparation;
  • preparing graduates to function in a culturally diverse, technologically orientated society and an increasingly interdependent world;
  • conducting research to contribute to the scientific safety, health, and environmental community.
  • assisting the College of Health Sciences and Human Services and the university at large in achieving their missions.
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