The Master of Science in Safety Science program at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus provides students with technical skills and practical experience, equipping them to address industry compliance standards or provide expertise in aircraft accident investigations. ERAU’s highly regarded graduate program in Safety Science is the only one of its type to offer both Aviation Safety and Occupational Health & Safety in one program.
Positions within the safety science career are expected to grow 14 percent through 2019, which is faster than the average for all occupations. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that prospects are especially strong for graduates whose broad knowledge lies in more than one health and safety specialty.
The federal government also continues to be a leading employer of safety science professionals.
At the Prescott Campus, students learn with experts in the Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Lab, the most complete facility of its kind in the nation, and the only one at any university. This “crash lab” enables students to get hands-on experience of select aircraft accident scenarios.
Students will have opportunities for full immersion in the program through diverse internships and a variety of clubs and professional organizations, like the American Society of Safety Engineers, Flight Safety Foundation, and International Society of Air Safety Investigators.
The Master of Science in Safety Science degree program qualifies students for specialized positions in a rapidly growing, highly paid and exciting field, and provides job placement assistance upon graduation. Safety is a critical part of aviation, manufacturing and industrial design. This program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to practice occupational health and safety programs in any workplace.
Students can concentrate on safety in an aviation environment or a more general occupational safety.
The degree program produces safety professionals who are skilled in providing safety management expertise in aviation/aerospace, military, and numerous other industries.
Graduates will be able to provide leadership, training, and guidance in safety implementation and compliance issues involving EPA, OSHA, DOD, FAA, DOE, NTSB and state health, and workplace standards.
Assistantships are available for well-qualified applicants.
|EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY|
|M.S. in Safety Science|
|SEPTEMBER 30, 2018||COMPLIANCE WITH AABI POLICY 3.4.2|
*Excerpt from AABI Form 225 Policies & Procedures Manual:
3.4.2 For each AABI-accredited aviation program, institutions MUST accurately publish on the program’s public website, a report of student achievement data including the following information, updated annually:
The Master of Science in Safety Science degree is designed for students interested in obtaining a strong safety foundation at the graduate level. The program delivers an effective basis in safety that prepares the student for any industrial setting and allows each student to select an Aviation Safety or Occupational Safety and Health area of concentration. The goal of the degree is to prepare graduates who are skilled in providing safety expertise in a variety of aviation, aerospace, and other occupational settings. This degree is designed to give the student the following expertise: (1) familiarity with the fundamentals of the associated disciplines that are essential to the practice of safety: aviation safety, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics/human factors, and quantitative methods; (2) ability to understand research processes, techniques and procedures and to draw appropriate conclusions from the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data; (3) knowledge of the basic approaches to accident investigation; (4) understanding of the breadth of application of the discipline of safety science, including ground and occupational safety as well as product safety, aviation safety, flight safety, and air crash investigation; (5) use of appropriate tools for the analysis of safety data to draw inferences about cause, effect, and prevention. This program will produce safety professionals who are skilled providing safety management expertise and training as well as technical guidance in compliance issues involving FAA, OSHA, EPA, DOT and state health and workplace standards.
a. apply mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines;
b. analyze and interpret data;
c. work effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams;
d. make professional and ethical decisions;
e. communicate effectively, using both written and oral communication skills;
f. engage in and recognize the need for life-long learning;
g. assess contemporary issues;
h. use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice;
i. assess the national and international aviation environment;
j. apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems;
k. apply knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues.
The graduate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of aviation safety as it relates to the elements of the worldwide aviation system.
Graduates shall have the ability to analyze research findings in occupational health and safety and flight safety hazards
Graduates shall have the ability to evaluate occupational health & safety and flight safety hazards.
Graduates will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of standard ergonomics and human factors models as applied to human physical, cognitive, and sensory characteristics, capabilities, and limitations and the effect on the design of safety systems (workplace, equipment, tools, and tasks).
The graduate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of industrial hygiene and toxicology principles to be able to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop workplace hazard controls.
Occupational Safety Regulations:
The graduate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of occupational safety regulations to recognize, control, and prevent workplace hazards.
The graduate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of research methodology including, design, sampling, measurement, and literature review.
85% of MSSS graduates seeking employment within the field will be hired within 12 months of graduation.
At least 80% of the students accepted into the MSSS program will graduate within 4 years of matriculation.
|Five-Year Graduation Rate|
|Prescott Campus: MS Safety Science|
|2008 cohort||2009 cohort||2010 cohort||2011 cohort||2012 cohort||TOTAL|
|Source: Institutional Research. Based on intended program at entry. Graduation could have been from any ERAU campus or program.|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
|Alumni Placement Rates|
|One Year After Graduation|
|Prescott Campus - Undergraduate & Graduate Degrees|
|Year of Graduation||AY 11/12||AY 12/13||AY 13/14||AY 14/15||AY 15/16|
|Safety Science (M)||(4)||(10)||(6)||(4)||(9)|
|Effective Placement Rate||100.0%||90.0%||100.0%||100.0%||100.0%|
|Continuing Education Rate||0.0%||0.0%||16.7%||0.0%||0.0%|
|( ) Number of Respondents|
|* Too few respondents to report|
1. The effective placement rate consists of the employment rate (working at this time) plus the continuing education rate (out of the work force due to continuing education).
2. Programs with too few respondents are not listed
SOURCE: Residential Alumni Survey: One Year After Graduation. Institutional Research
Current Position Information
|Safety Science (M)|
|Air Safety Investigator||1|
|Aviation Security Inspector||1|
|Digital Learning & Technologies Associate||1|
|Director of Environment Health and Safety||1|
|Health & Safety Specialist||1|
NOTE: 1. Includes only those indicating they are currently employed full-time. 2. Survey Item Wording: "Please specify your position information."
SOURCE: 2017 Residential Alumni Survey: One Year After Graduation. Class of 2015-16. Institutional Research (2018).
|a. Most advanced degree conferred for referenced reporting timeperiod = Safety Science (M)|
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