M.S. in Occupational Safety Management

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Masters Aeronautical Science

The risk of workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities presents a serious threat in any industry. Organizations rely heavily upon safety and health professionals to help them mitigate these risks and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.  This graduate-degree program helps students develop the skills and knowledge they need to effectively anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent, and control workplace safety and occupational health hazards within numerous industries.

Through the focused curriculum – which includes case studies, writing safety policies and initiatives, and participating in collaborative projects – the student will gain a solid foundation in the critical aspects of occupational safety and health, including:

  • Safety Management                                      
  • Occupational Safety and Health Management
  • Fire Safety
  • Safety Legislation
  • Human Factor and Ergonomics
  • Disaster Management        
  • Systems Safety
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Environmental Protection        

The intensive research component will expose you to statistics and research methodology that is both applicable to the workplace and good preparation for a doctoral program. Students have the option to select the Graduate Capstone Project or Thesis option, which will provide the opportunity to explore a real-world safety and/or health problem, applying your new knowledge to develop a workable solution. The thesis option provides for a more rigorous analysis of occupational safety and health problems and is best suited for students planning to pursue doctorate degrees and management positions, or who are seeking to enhance their research skills.

The Occupational Safety Management coursework also helps prepare students for certification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Upon completion of the program, your focused skills and specialized degree will distinguish you as an astute and knowledgeable safety management professional. With this distinction, you will be ready to take on occupational safety and health leadership positions – including director of safety, safety manager, safety consultant, compliance officer, and loss-control manager – in virtually every occupational setting.

Program Specific Criteria

Prerequisite Knowledge

Subject knowledge for a specific graduate course must be satisfied before enrollment in that course is permitted. Students may enroll in graduate level courses only if they meet prerequisite knowledge requirements. Graduate level prerequisite courses taken with ERAU must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM) program must have prerequisite knowledge in the following areas:

  • Quantitative Methods

Students should assume responsibility to see that prerequisites are satisfied. The prerequisite subject knowledge for a specific graduate course must be satisfied before enrollment in that specific course is permitted. Students may enroll in other graduate-level courses as they meet any specific prerequisite knowledge required.

The prerequisite knowledge can be validated through one of the following:

  1. Completed an undergraduate or graduate course in each of the specific subject areas and upon validation of the course from an official transcript; -OR-
  2. Completed a course listed in either the National or ACE Guide for which academic credit in one of the specific subject areas is recommended; -OR-
  3. Received at least the minimum recommended score on a CLEP, DANTES, PEP, etc. exam in each of the subject areas as required.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Core/Major

Capstone Option

MSOSM Capstone Option
Students selecting the Capstone Option are required to complete SFTY 691 Graduate Capstone Course, as the final culminating course:
SFTY 510Industrial Hygiene & Toxicology3
SFTY 530Safety, Health and Environmental Legislation, Litigation & Compliance3
SFTY 540Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response3
SFTY 570Fire Safety Management3
SFTY 580Environmental Protection for the Safety, Health and Environmental Manager3
SFTY 590Hazard Control Methods in Occupational Safety and Health3
SFTY 600Occupational Safety and Health Management3
SFTY 619Human Factors and Ergonomics3
SFTY 630System Safety Programs3
Research Core:
RSCH 665Statistical Analysis3
RSCH 670Research Methods3
SFTY 691Graduate Capstone Course3
Total Credits36

Thesis Option

MSOSM Thesis Option
Students selecting the Thesis Option are required to complete SFTY 700A MSOSM Thesis I and SFTY 700B MSOSM Thesis II as their final culminating courses, and select either SFTY 540 or SFTY 570. Students electing the thesis option must take the GRE. Refer to Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Thesis Policy Guide for minimum GRE scores and additional guidance:
SFTY 510Industrial Hygiene & Toxicology3
SFTY 530Safety, Health and Environmental Legislation, Litigation & Compliance3
SFTY 540Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response3
or SFTY 570 Fire Safety Management
SFTY 580Environmental Protection for the Safety, Health and Environmental Manager3
SFTY 590Hazard Control Methods in Occupational Safety and Health3
SFTY 600Occupational Safety and Health Management3
SFTY 619Human Factors and Ergonomics3
SFTY 630System Safety Programs3
Research Core:
RSCH 665Statistical Analysis3
RSCH 670Research Methods3
SFTY 700AMSOSM Thesis I3
SFTY 700BMSOSM Thesis II3
Total Credits36