Master of Science in
Occupational Safety Management

The Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management at Embry-Riddle Worldwide prepares its graduates to effectively manage workplace safety and occupational health hazards in diverse environments. Through rigorous academic experience, students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed as a safety professional or in a leadership position in the safety, health, and environmental fields. Students also obtain the background needed to work toward becoming a Certified Safety Professional.

Worldwide students are a part of the ERAU family, which means they learn from distinguished faculty members whose professional experience complements their academic backgrounds.

The M.S. in Occupational Safety Management degree program, in particular, is led by faculty members who have proven expertise in safety or related fields, including industrial hygiene, environmental science/engineering, ergonomics/human factors, and systems safety. And some are also highly credentialed in their specific fields — Certified Safety Professionals, Professional Engineers, and Certified Industrial Hygienists.

Many students in the program are already professionals in the safety industry, so class discussions may focus on real-world, firsthand experiences.

Professionals who hold graduate degrees in safety are in high demand and are predicted to be for some time. An M.S. in Occupational Safety Management prepares graduates for occupational safety, health, and environmental managerial positions in a variety of industries — from manufacturing, healthcare and construction to military and government.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this field will see a 9% job growth between now and 2026, and reports the median salary of a health and safety engineer to be $86,720 in 2016. However, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) conducted a 2015 salary survey in collaboration with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). That survey indicated that the median salary for all safety, health and environmental professionals in the U.S. was $98,000 in 2015, and that the median salary for those with a Master’s degree was $104,000.

The Occupational Safety Management coursework also helps prepare students for certification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

The MSOSM is a BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP). A QAP is an academic degree program in safety, health and/or environmental practices meeting BCSP standards for participation and whose curriculum has been reviewed as showing a substantial match to the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP) blueprint.

As a BCSP QAP, graduates of the MSOSM are eligible to apply for and receive the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP) designation. The GSP designation is an alternate path to the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP), waiving the requirement to sit for the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP) exam. The GSP is not a certification, and graduates must apply at the link provided below.

Benefits of GSP designation are:

  • Recognition for being in a path toward the CSP certification
  • Recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice
  • No GSP application fee
  • A waiver of the ASP examination requirement for CSP eligibility
  • A certificate awarding the GSP designation

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About Occupational Safety Management at the Worldwide & Online Campus

Regardless of the industry, organizations are responsible for providing a safe working environment for their employees and customers. Proper policies and procedures must be followed to prevent injury, illness or death. Trained safety professionals can mitigate these risks. The Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management helps students develop the skills and knowledge needed to effectively anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent and control workplace safety and occupational health hazards.

With a strong emphasis on research, students will use statistics and research methodologies that can either be applied in the workplace or used as preparation for a doctoral program.

Students will write case studies, safety policies and initiatives. They will engage in collaborative projects to build a solid foundation in the critical aspects of occupational safety.

Through the Thesis or Graduate Capstone Project, students will explore real-world occupational safety and health problems, which demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills while developing workable solutions. 

The Occupational Safety Management coursework also helps prepare students for certification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Through the focused curriculum – which includes case studies, writing safety policies and initiatives, and participating in collaborative projects – the student will gain a solid foundation in the critical aspects of occupational safety and health, including:

Safety Management
Occupational Safety and Health Management
Fire Safety
Safety Legislation
Human Factor and Ergonomics
Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Response and Emergency Management
Systems Safety
Regulatory Compliance
Industrial Hygiene
Environmental Protection

Program Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, students in the MSOSM program will have the ability to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve broadly-defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  • Formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  • Function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
  • Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent and control workplace safety and occupational health hazards within numerous industries to protect people, property, the environment and organizational operations.
  • Effectively manage the occupational safety and health function within a variety of industries.
  • Justify occupational safety and health programs, initiatives and control efforts through the use of business and risk management metrics, by maintaining compliance with applicable standards and regulations or through scientific evaluation of outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate and interact with persons at all levels within an organization and externally about occupational safety, health and environmental management.
  • Practice and perform in an ethical, moral, responsible, and accountable manner in all aspects, but especially in the practice of safety, understanding the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Identify an occupational safety and health research problem; complete a thorough review of the scholarly literature; formulate and test hypotheses or research questions; collect and appropriately analyze qualitative or quantitative data; and interpret and report research findings using scientific judgement to improve the field of occupational safety and health or to provide solutions to an occupational safety and health problem.

Upon completion of the program, these focused skills and specialized degree will distinguish graduates as astute and knowledgeable safety management professionals. With this distinction, graduates will be ready to take on occupational safety and health leadership positions – including director of safety, safety manager, safety consultant, compliance officer, and loss-control manager – in virtually every occupational setting.

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