Admission to the MS degree program in environmental, health & safety management requires:
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.
- A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 over the junior and senior years (Note: Promising applicants with a lower GPA and an exemplary work history may be accepted on a probationary basis.).
- At least 9 semester credit hours of college-level science course work, with at least one course in each of the three categories listed below:
- biology, microbiology, ecology, or biochemistry
- physics, geology, hydrology, or geochemistry
(Note: Promising students who lack some pre-requisite course work may be admitted on a contingent basis. Also, promising students with acceptable professional certification and work experience may have certain pre-requisite coursework waived.)
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required; however, scores may be used to support the candidacy of applicants who do not meet the above requirements.
Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Background
The environmental, health and safety (EHS) management MS degree was originally designed for students with some EHS work experience or coursework in the following areas:
- air emissions management
- waste water management
- solid and hazardous waste management
- occupational health (industrial hygiene) and
- occupational safety
However, students who lack work experience or coursework in the areas listed above may be admitted into the program and will be required to take graduate-level EHS technical courses to address any academic or work experience gaps. EHS technical courses can be counted towards available program professional electives. Students requiring EHS technical coursework in excess of available professional elective credit hours may complete the program by taking the required number of credits beyond the 33 semester hour minimum. In addition, applicants with no EHS work experience may complete one or more semesters of related co-op.
In addition to the RIT Graduate Application, candidates must submit
- Two writing samples to demonstrate written communication skills. Writing samples may include, but are not limited to: reports, memos, investigations, procedures, position papers, essays and term papers, etc.
- A current resume or curriculum vitae with sufficient detail to identify specific tasks and levels of responsibilities.
- Two letters of recommendation.
International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) is required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum acceptable scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score for an unconditional acceptance is 6.5. It is recommended that international students begin the program in the fall semester.