Environmental, Health and Safety Management MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu


Department Contact

Joseph Rosenbeck
585-475-6469, jmrcem@rit.edu


Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline Feb 1 Priority Deadline, rolling thereafter
Admit Term Full-time = Fall/Spring; Part-time = Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam None
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 88
IELTS 6.5
PTE Academic 61

 

Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

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.

Graduates are employed by Fortune 100 companies, environmental, health and safety consultancies, universities, and government agencies such as the EPA, OSHA, and NYSDEC.

Plan of study

The MS degree in environmental, health and safety management provides students with a solid foundation in the managerial aspects of developing and implementing environmental, health and safety management systems that can move organizations toward a more sustainable and socially responsible future. In addition, students gain a solid technical foundation in air emissions, wastewater, solid and hazardous waste, occupational safety and occupational health (industrial hygiene). Elements of sustainability are integrated into most of the core courses and some electives.

The program consists of 33 credit hours and may be completed entirely through online learning, or via a combination of online and traditional on-campus courses. The curriculum consists of core courses, professional electives, and a choice of a graduate thesis, project, or exam.

Professional electives

Professional electives are subject to availability and include Fire Protection, Occupational Health, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Industrial Wastewater Management, Air Emissions Management, Occupational Safety, Mechanical and Electrical Controls and Standards, EHS Law, EHS Accounting and Finance, EHS Project Management, and Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Additional professional electives are available in topics such as business management, quality, sustainability, and other areas.

Curriculum

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
GRCS-702 Principles of Research Communication 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 Internal Auditing 3
  Professional Electives 6
ESHS-790 Thesis 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Methods 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 Internal Auditing 3
  Professional Electives 9
ESHS-797 Graduate Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701 Research Methods 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 Internal Auditing 3
  Professional Electives 12
ESHS-795 Comprehensive Exam 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

 

Admission requirements

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

  • Complete a graduate application. 
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (or equivalent) over the junior- and senior-level years.
  • Have completed at least 9 semester hours of college-level course work in the sciences, with at least 3 semester credit hours in each of the following categories: chemistry, biology, and physics.
  • Submit a one-page personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two professional letters of recommendations.
  • Submit two writing samples to demonstrate written communication skills.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement of waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Applicants with acceptable professional certification(s) and/or work experience may have prerequisite science course work waived. 
  • Applicants without formal academic training or documented experience in air emissions, waste water, solid and hazardous waste, occupational health, or occupational safety may be required to take professional electives in these areas. Students without related work experience may 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.

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.

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. In addition, international students are solely responsible for meeting the requirements of their government and other sponsors, as applicable.


Career Outcomes

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