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Environmental, Health and Safety Management MS

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Todd Dunn, Department Chair
(585) 475-7213, john.morelli@rit.edu

Joseph Rosenbeck, Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-6469, jmrcem@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cast/cetems/

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:

  • design and implement effective management systems and programs to move towards a more sustainable and socially responsible future;
  • identify and leverage the regulatory, voluntary, and business drivers for environmental, health, and safety programs;
  • design and implement effective management systems and programs;
  • design and implement performance measurement processes to verify effectiveness; and
  • demonstrate how an effective environmental, health, and safety management system adds value to the organization.

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

Curriculum

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

Course Sem. 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:

  • 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 14 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. (Applicants with appropriate professional certification who do not meet the minimum level of science course work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they are eligible for admission.),
  • 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. 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.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The last decade has seen significant changes in how organizations view and manage environmental, health, and safety (EHS) issues. Increasingly, companies are capitalizing on the synergies among these three areas by managing them together, creating a need for professionals who are cross-trained in all three functions. The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limit resources has resulted in a trend to go 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 master of science degree in environmental, health, and safety management was developed by experienced professionals and designed to provide students with a solid foundation in both the technical and managerial aspects of developing, designing, and implementing environmental, health, and safety systems. The program utilizes an integrated systems focus to ensure that students can:

  • identify and leverage the regulatory, voluntary, and business drivers for environmental, health, and safety programs;
  • design and implement effective management systems and programs;
  • design and implement performance measurement processes to verify effectiveness; and
  • demonstrate how an effective environmental, health, and safety management system adds value to the organization.

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

Curriculum

The MS program in environmental, health and safety management consists of 48 quarter credit hours of graduate study. The program is available in both classroom and online learning formats, with some courses only available online. The curriculum consists of a sequence of core courses, professional electives, and a graduate thesis or project. Students have the option of completing an applied research graduate project or a traditional graduate thesis.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Environmental, health and safety management (thesis and project options), MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)


Course
Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
Thesis Option
Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
Project Option
0102-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 4 4
0630-720 EHS Management* 4 4
0630-725 EHS Accounting and Finance 4 4
0630-740 EHS Management System Design 4 4
0630-760 Integrating EHS into Business Management 4 4
0630-790 EHS Internal Auditing 4 4
0630-755 Research Methods 4 4
0630-890 Thesis Planning 4 --
0630-891 Graduate Project -- 4
0630-899 Graduate Thesis 4-8 --
  Graduate Professional Electives 8-12 16
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48 48

* Requires onsite executive leader session.

Environmental, health and safety management (thesis, capstone, and exam options), MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

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 require students to complete one additional professional elective.

† The comprehensive exam option require 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:

  • 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 20 quarter credit hours (or 14 semester hours) of college-level science course work, with at least 4 quarter credit hours (or 3 semester credit hours) in each of the following categories: chemistry, biology, and physics. (Applicants with appropriate professional certification who do not meet the minimum level of science course work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they are eligible for admission.),
  • Have completed at least one college-level course in statistics,
  • Submit two professional recommendations,
  • Submit two writing samples to demonstrate written communcation 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), 230 (computer-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 quarter.

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

Up to 12 quarter credit hours of relevant graduate course work may be transferred into the program with the permission of the department.

Flexible learning options

The program is available on campus or through online learning, and may be completed in four quarters of full-time study, or in six quarters of part-time study. 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.