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Environmental, Health and Safety Management
Master of Science
College of Engineering Technology
Graduate Program Contact Joseph Rosenbeck

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.

  • Price

    $1,191 per credit hour (2020-21)

  • Duration

    30 credit hours required

    A full-time student could finish the program in 2 years, and a part-time student could complete the program in 4 years.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist
    • Environmental, Health & Safety Coordinator
    • Environmental, Health & Safety Supervisor
    • Environmental, Health & Safety Manager
    • Environmental, Health & Safety Director
    • Sustainability Specialist
    • Sustainability Manager
    • Sustainability Director
    • Environmental Specialist
    • Environmental Coordinator
    • Environmental Supervisor
    • Environmental Manager
    • Environmental Director
    • Safety & Health Specialist
    • Safety & Health Coordinator
    • Environmental, Health and Safety Supervisor
    • Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
    • Environmental, Health and Safety Director
  • Employers
    • Pratt & Whitney
    • General Electric
    • Intel
    • Baxter Healthcare
    • Caterpillar
    • Honeywell Aerospace
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • ITT Exelis
    • Sherwin Williams
    • General Mills
    • General Motors
    • FEMA
    • Lockheed Martin Space Systems
    • DOD
    • Corning
    • Xerox
    • Dow Chemical
    • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
    • US Army Corp of Engineers
    • Verizon
    • 3M
    • Novartis
    • Cornell University
    • Kraft Foods
    • US Navy
    • Ginna Nuclear station
  • Program Differentiators
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    To be considered for admission to the master of science in environmental, health and safety management program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    • Have a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (B) over the junior- and senior-level years
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
    • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation
    • Submit two writing samples to demonstrate written communication skills
    • 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. (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
    • A test of English Language aptitude (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required.  Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic)  are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. The minimum PTE score is 61. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales.
    • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.

    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.