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 a Certified Industrial Hygienist.

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 and construction to military and government.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this field will see an 11% job growth between now and 2022, and reports the median salary of a health and safety engineer to be $76,800.

The MSOSM is a Board of Certified Safety Professionals (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.

The MSOSM is designated as a Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP) program. The GSP is a designation available to graduates from degree programs that meet BCSP QAP standards. The GSP designation is an alternate path to the Certified Safety Professional®(CSP), waiving the requirement to sit for the 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.

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