Master of Science in
Occupational Safety Management
The world is a dangerous place. Mitigating risk in the work place, whether natural or man-made, is a critical skill and big business. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), businesses spend $170 billion each year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illness. It’s no wonder that employers seek out safety professionals to protect their personnel, property and profits. Safety and Health magazine reports that the average salary of a safety manager tops $100,000 and demand for these professionals is projected to grow at a rate 10%, faster than the average for all occupations.
Whether you are looking to advance your current position or are seeking a career change, Embry-Riddle’s Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management can prepare you to meet the needs in any industry, with an emphasis on the specific challenges that face aviation and aerospace. And Embry-Riddle’s reputation will put you in front of the leaders of industry worldwide.
About Occupational Safety Management at the Worldwide & Online Campus
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 Embry-Riddle family, which means they learn from distinguished faculty members whose professional experience complements their academic backgrounds. The Master of Science 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 often focus on real-world, firsthand experiences.
Professionals who hold graduate degrees in safety are in high demand and will be for some time. A master's degree 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 Occupational Safety Management coursework also helps prepare students for certification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).
The Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management 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 matches the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP) blueprint.
As a BCSP QAP, graduates of the Occupational Safety Management program 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
BCSP and GSP details provided by http://www.bcsp.org/GSP
Program Student Outcomes
Upon graduation, students in the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management 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 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, and collect and appropriately analyze qualitative or quantitative data.
- Interpret and report research findings using scientific judgment to improve the field of occupational safety and health or to provide solutions to 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 professional setting.
Program Educational Objectives
Program Educational Objectives are "broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve." Graduates from the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management program can:
- Apply a broad educational background combined with strong critical thinking, analytical, and time management skills to lead, influence, and achieve the OSH goals and objectives of their employers.
- Effectively communicate, collaborate, and manage a diverse work environment.
- Manage and lead OSH organizations ethically and professionally.
- Engage in professional development and mentor others to demonstrate competency, ensure relevancy in knowledge, skills, and new technologies; and maintain currency in changing industry trends.
- Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent, and control hazards to better ensure safe workplaces and develop best practices.
The risk of workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities presents a serious threat in any industry. Organizations rely heavily upon safety and health professionals to help them mitigate these risks and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. This graduate-degree program helps students develop the skills and knowledge they need to effectively anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent, and control workplace safety and occupational health hazards within numerous industries.
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:
- Occupational Safety and Health Management
- Hazard Control Methods
- Fire Safety
- Safety, Health and Environmental Legislation
- Human Factors and Ergonomics
- Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response
- Regulatory Compliance
- Industrial Hygiene
- Environmental Protection
The intensive research component will expose you to statistics and research methodology that is both applicable to the workplace and good preparation for a doctoral program. Students will complete the degree with a Capstone Project that will provide the opportunity to explore a real-world safety and/or health issue, applying your new knowledge to answer a research question.
The Occupational Safety Management coursework also helps prepare students for certification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
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 the 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
BCSP and GSP details provided by http://www.bcsp.org/GSP
Upon completion of the program, your focused skills and specialized degree will distinguish you as an astute and knowledgeable safety management professional. With this distinction, you 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.
Program Specific Criteria
Subject knowledge for a specific graduate course must be satisfied before enrollment in that course is permitted. Students may enroll in graduate level courses only if they meet prerequisite knowledge requirements.
Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM) program must have prerequisite knowledge in the following areas:
- Quantitative Methods
Students should assume responsibility to see that prerequisites are satisfied. The prerequisite subject knowledge for a specific graduate course must be satisfied before enrollment in that specific course is permitted. Students may enroll in other graduate-level courses as they meet any specific prerequisite knowledge required.
The prerequisite knowledge can be validated through one of the following:
- Completed an undergraduate or graduate course in each of the specific subject areas and upon validation of the course from an official transcript; -OR-
- Completed a course listed in either the National or ACE Guide for which academic credit in one of the specific subject areas is recommended; -OR-
- Received at least the minimum recommended score on a CLEP, DSST/DANTES, PEP, etc. exam in each of the subject areas as required.
|SFTY 530||Safety, Health and Environmental Legislation, Litigation & Compliance||3|
|SFTY 540||Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response||3|
|SFTY 570||Fire Safety Management||3|
|SFTY 580||Environmental Protection for the Safety, Health and Environmental Manager||3|
|SFTY 590||Hazard Control Methods in Occupational Safety and Health||3|
|SFTY 600||Occupational Safety and Health Management||3|
|SFTY 611||Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology||3|
|SFTY 619||Human Factors and Ergonomics||3|
|RSCH 650||Research Methods and Analysis||3|
|SFTY 691||Graduate Capstone Course||3|
|Total Degree Requirements||30|
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Worldwide Safety Management and Occupational Safety Management Degree Programs Attain Qualified Academic Programs Status
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Bachelor of Science in Safety Management (BSSM) and Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM) degree programs recently attained the status as Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Qualified Academic Programs (QAP), joining the Daytona Beach Campus Bachelor of Science in Aerospace and Occupational Safety degree program.