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 of 3.0 over the junior and senior level years (Note: Promising applicants with a lower GPA and an exemplary work history may be accepted on a probationary basis.) .
- At least 20 quarter credit hours. (or 14 semester credit hours) of college-level science course work, with at least one course in each of the following three categories:
- chemistry or organic chemistry
- 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 background in the following areas:
- air emissions management
- wastewater management
- solid and hazardous waste management
- occupational health (industrial hygiene) and
- occupational safety
Students who lack the background in the areas listed above may be admitted into the program. However, they will be required to take graduate-level courses to address any academic or work experience gaps. EHS background courses may be counted towards available program professional electives. Students requiring EHS background coursework in excess of available professional elective credit hours may complete the program by taking the required number of credits beyond the 48 quarter credit hour minimum.
Generally, a minimum of one year of relevant work experience will be required. Applicants with less experience will be expected to complete one or more quarters 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 students are required to achieve a minimum score of 570 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) written exam, or 230 on the electronic version of the exam, or 88 on the internet version of the exam. Promising applicants with insufficient TOEFL scores may be accepted contingent upon evaluation of English language preparation by RIT’s English Language Center (ELC). Those students will be required to comply with any ELC recommendations for additional English coursework before their MS degree course work may begin.