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Environmental, Health and Safety Management MS

Program overview

Although they are distinct disciplines, environmental management, occupational health, and safety share many technical, regulatory and organizational characteristics. Faced with pressure to streamline their organizations while improving performance, many companies have chosen to capitalize on synergies among these areas by managing them together. Originally trained in only one discipline, professionals now need to be cross-trained in all three areas.

The master of science degree in environmental, health and safety management prepares students to move toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future by providing technical EHS knowledge and strategic management systems and tools.

The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limited resources has resulted in a trend to move beyond regulatory compliance. Now, companies work toward sustainability through the use of environmental, health, and safety management systems, which are integrated into key business processes. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in both the technical and managerial aspects of developing, designing, and implementing environmental, health, and safety systems to ensure that students can:

The program is primarily designed for EHS professionals or those planning a career move into the field.


The program consists of 33 semester credit hours and is available in both online learning and through on-campus instruction. The curriculum consists of core courses, professional electives, and a graduate thesis, project, or exam.

Environmental, health and safety management (thesis, capstone, and exam options), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
ESHS-720 EHS Management 3
ESHS-755 Corporate Social Responsibility 3
ESHS-710 Research Methods 3
ESHS-740 EHS Management System Design 3
ESHS-760 Integrating EHS Management 3
  Professional Electives 6
ESHS-715 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
ESHS-780 EHS Management System Evaluation 3
Choose one of the following: 6
   ESHS-797    Graduate Project*  
   ESHS-795    Comprehensive Exam†  
   ESHS-788, 790    Thesis Planning, Thesis  
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

* The graduate project option requires students to complete one additional professional elective.

† The comprehensive exam option requires students to complete two additional electives.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in environmental, health and safety management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

Generally, applicants are expected to have formal academic training or documented experience in the areas of environmental management (air, water, solid, and hazardous waste), occupational health, and occupational safety. Academic and experiential gaps in these areas may be addressed through professional electives and additional courses. Applicants without this experience may be required to complete a graduate cooperative education placement during their program of study.

Graduate Record Examination scores are not required; however, applicants may submit test scores to support their candidacy.

Additional information

Transfer credit

With the permission of the department, relevant graduate course work may be transferred into the program, per the maximum number of credit hours allowed.

Flexible learning options

The program is available on campus or through online learning. With adviser approval students can tailor an individual program of study by complementing core and foundation courses with professional electives that match their academic and career interests. Students completing the degree through online learning are required to come to campus once for an executive leader session.

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Environmental specialist, environmental manager, environmental planner, remediation operations manager, director of environmental health and safety, environmental oversight manager


Environmental management in public or private sector. Projects might include: management of recycling, safety & compliance, site remediation, hazardous waste management, environmental education and training, environmental planning, pollution prevention management.

Recent Employers

Pratt Whitney, Eastman Kodak Co., Ferro Corporation, LMS Engineers, Bergmann Associates, Radian, McNeil Consumer Products, International Paper, Kellogg, General Electric

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