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Master of Science in
Safety Science

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.


About Safety Science at the Prescott, AZ Campus

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.

Our flexible Executive Master of Science hybrid program allows students to study from the comfort of their home, at their own pace. Travel to attend hands-on training experiences at the ERAU Prescott, Arizona campus is required only three weekends per semester.

The Master of Science in Safety Science degree is housed in the College of Aviation  and 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, often leading to executive career opportunities.

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.

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Prescott, Arizona
M.S. in Safety Science

*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 objectives of each accredited program
  • Program assessment measures employed
  • Graduation rates
  • Rates and types of employment of graduates

Objectives of Accredited Program

Program Mission

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.

AABI General Criteria (a-k)

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.

AABI Aviation Core Criteria

  • Describe the professional attributes, requirements or certifications, and planning applicable to aviation careers.
  • Describe the principles of aircraft design, performance and operating characteristics; and the regulations related to the maintenance of aircraft and associated systems.
  • Evaluate aviation safety and the impact of human factors on safety.
  • Discuss the impact on aviation operations of international aviation law, including applicable International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) or other international standards and practices; and applicable national aviation law, regulations and labor issues.
  • Explain the integration of airports, airspace, and air traffic control in managing the National Airspace System.
  • Discuss the impact of meteorology and environmental issues on aviation operations.

Program-Specific Student Learning Outcomes

Aviation Safety:
The graduate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of aviation safety as it relates to the elements of the worldwide aviation system.

Research Analysis:
Graduates shall have the ability to analyze research findings in occupational health and safety and flight safety hazards

Occupational Safety:
Graduates shall have the ability to evaluate occupational health & safety and flight safety hazards.

Human Factors:
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).

Industrial Hygiene:
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.

Research method:
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.

Program Assessment Measures Employed

Direct Assessment Measures

  • Student work in select course activities (exams, quizzes, homework sets, presentations, essays)
  • Student work in capstone courses
  • Rubric-scored portfolio assessment
  • External assessments (such as FAA exams, ETS Major Field Test, Peregrine Academic Services Exam)

Indirect Assessment Measures

  • End of course evaluations
  • Graduating student surveys
  • Alumni surveys

Graduation Rates

Five-Year Graduation Rate
Prescott Campus: MS Safety Science
2008 cohort 2009 cohort 2010 cohort 2011 cohort 2012 cohort TOTAL
Initial Headcount # 10 21 15 15 11 72
Graduated # 9 16 11 12 8 56
% 90.0% 76.2% 73.3% 80.0% 72.7% 77.8%
Source: Institutional Research. Based on intended program at entry. Graduation could have been from any ERAU campus or program.

Rates and Types of Employment of Graduates

Employment Rates

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%
Employment Rate 100.0% 90.0% 83.3% 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

Types of Employment

  • Safety Specialist
  • Safety Engineer
  • Ergonomist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Environmental, Safety, & Health Specialist
  • Safety & Health Specialist
  • Air Safety Investigator
  • Aviation Safety Officer


Current Position Information
Prescott Campusa
Safety Science (M)
Air Safety Investigator 1
Aviation Security Inspector 1
Claims Adjuster 1
Digital Learning & Technologies Associate 1
Director of Environment Health and Safety 1
Health & Safety Specialist 1
HSE Executive 1
Instructor/Pilot 1
Pilot Captain 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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