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Environmental, Health and Safety Management MS

Program overview

Management of environmental, health and safety issues has changed significantly in the past twenty years. 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 integrated environmental, health and safety management systems, which are woven into key business processes. 

Although they are distinct disciplines, environmental management, occupational health, and workplace safety share many technical, regulatory, and organizational characteristics. Today's professionals now need to be educated in all three areas.

The MS degree in environmental, health and safety management is designed for professionals or those planning a career in the field. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in both the technical and managerial aspects of developing, designing, and implementing environmental, health and safety management systems that can move organizations toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future.

Curriculum

The program consists of 33 credit hours and may be completed through online learning, which requires only one visit to the RIT campus for a three-day executive leader session, or via a combination of online and traditional courses. The curriculum consists of core courses, professional electives, and a choice of either a graduate thesis, project, or exam.

Environmental, health and safety management (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
ESHS-720 EHS Management§ 3
ESHS-740 EHS Management System Design 3
ESHS-755 Corporate Social Responsibility 3
ESHS-760 Integrating EHS Management 3
ESHS-780 EHS Management System Evaluation and Auditing 3
  Professional Electives 6
ESHS-788, 790 Thesis Planning, Thesis 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Environmental, health and safety management (graduate project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
ESHS-720 EHS Management§ 3
ESHS-740 EHS Management System Design 3
ESHS-755 Corporate Social Responsibility 3
ESHS-760 Integrating EHS Management 3
ESHS-780 EHS Management System Evaluation and Auditing 3
  Professional Electives 9
ESHS-797 Graduate Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Environmental, health and safety management (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
ESHS-720 EHS Management§ 3
ESHS-740 EHS Management System Design 3
ESHS-755 Corporate Social Responsibility 3
ESHS-760 Integrating EHS Management 3
ESHS-780 EHS Management System Evaluation and Auditing 3
  Professional Electives 12
ESHS-795 Comprehensive Exam 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

Admission requirements

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

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college,
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (B) over the junior- and senior-level years;
  • Have completed at least 9 semester hours of college-level science course work, with at least 3 semester credit hours in each of the following categories: chemistry, biology, and physics.
  • Have completed at least one college-level course in statistics,
  • Submit two professional recommendations,
  • Submit two writing samples to demonstrate written communication skills,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, 
  • Submit a clearly written one-page statement of purpose,
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae, and
  • Complete a graduate application
  • 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.

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. However academic and experiential gaps in any of these areas can 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 (GRE) scores are not required; however, applicants may submit test scores to support their candidacy.

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.

Additional information

International students

International students enrolled in courses at the RIT campus are required to take at least two traditional classroom courses and one or two online courses per semester.


Career Outcomes

Job Titles

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

Functions

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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