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Master of Science in
Safety Science

Today more than ever, addressing workplace risk and safety concerns is critical in nearly every industry. The growing emphasis on safety is creating global career opportunities for professionals with the proper training and practical experience. 

The Master of Science in Safety Science (MSSS) degree program is designed to provide students with a practical course of study in aviation and occupational safety, producing professionals who are skilled in safety management and technical expertise in a variety of industries.

Graduates will be able to provide leadership, training and guidance in safety program implementation and compliance issues involving EPA, OSHA, FAA, NTSB, and state health and workplace standards.

This degree allows students to explore both the theoretical and pragmatic discipline that safety has become. Particularly in light of extensive interest by the private sector and by government entities, this program offers safety professionals the advanced education and credentials necessary to succeed in the practice of safety and is the only one of its kind to offer both Aviation Safety and Occupational Health and Safety in one program.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that safety science careers will grow by 7% through 2030, with especially strong prospects for those with broad knowledge that encompasses more than one specialty.

At the Prescott Campus, students in the Safety Science program learn with faculty experts in the Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Lab, the most comprehensive facility of its kind in North America, offering re-creations of real aircraft accidents using customizable scenarios.

In addition, the Aviation Safety and Security Archives gives students the opportunity to explore noteworthy historical documents that have shaped the aviation industry, while the Ergonomics and Motion Measurement Laboratory enables students to learn how physiology and movement influence workplace safety and contains equipment that enhances occupational safety education.

Students will have opportunities for full immersion in the program through diverse internships and a variety of clubs and professional organizations, such as the American Society of Safety ProfessionalsInternational Society of Safety Professionals and International Society of Air Safety Investigators.

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About Safety Science at the Prescott, AZ Campus

The Master of Science in Safety Science degree program qualifies students for specialized positions in this rapidly growing, highly paid and exciting field, and provides job placement assistance upon graduation.

Housed in the College of Aviation, the Master of Science in Safety Science degree is recognized by the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) program and approved by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).

Graduating students from the program can apply for the ASHM credential without an exam requirement or application fee. The ASHM designation is an important step to gain Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) certification, which can often lead to executive career opportunities.

Students can select a concentration in either aviation safety or occupational safety.

This 36-credit degree program produces safety professionals who are skilled in providing safety management and technical expertise in a variety of industries. Graduates will be able to provide leadership, training and guidance in safety program implementation and compliance issues involving EPA, OSHA, FAA, NTSB, and state health and workplace standards.

Assistantships are available for well-qualified applicants.

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36 Credits

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Eagle Grad's Aviation Focus Is No Accident

When Piper Forcier (’21) came to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, she had her sights set on becoming a pilot. But her real passion for aviation put her on a path that led away from the flight deck and toward making transportation safer by investigating accidents and working to ensure they don’t happen again.