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:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Management
  • Hazard Control Methods
  • Fire Safety
  • Safety, Health and Environmental Legislation
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response
  • 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 will complete the degree with a Capstone Project that will provide the opportunity to explore a real-world safety and/or health issue, applying your new knowledge to answer a research question.

The Occupational Safety Management coursework also helps prepare students for certification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).

The Worldwide MSOSM degree program has been approved by the IHMM as an Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) Program. Graduates from the MSOSM program may now apply for the ASHM credential upon graduation. The ASHM designation is an important stepping stone to the accredited Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) certification. Graduates achieving a degree from an approved ASHM institution only have to demonstrate two years of experience, instead of four, in order to sit for the CSHM exam.  Graduates can submit to IHMM to be able to add the ASHM designation behind their name, signifying to employers their level of preparation for the safety and health profession and they are on the path for full certification.

2019 and earlier catalogs of the MSOSM program are  Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Qualified Academic Programs (QAP). A QAP is an academic degree program in safety, health and/or environmental practices meeting BCSP standards for participation and whose curriculum has been reviewed as showing a substantial match to the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP) blueprint. Graduates of these programs may apply to hold the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP) designation. The GSP designation is an alternate path to the Certified Safety Professional®(CSP), waiving the requirement to sit for the ASP exam. The GSP is not a certification, and graduates must apply at the link provided below.

Benefits of the GSP designation are:

  • Recognition for being in a path toward the CSP certification
  • Recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice
  • No GSP application fee
  • A waiver of the ASP examination requirement for CSP eligibility
  • A certificate awarding the GSP designation

BCSP and GSP details provided by http://www.bcsp.org/GSP

Approval of the 2020 MSOSM catalog to be a QAP is pending. 

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.

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, DSST/DANTES, PEP, etc. exam in each of the subject areas as required.



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 611Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology3
SFTY 619Human Factors and Ergonomics3
RSCH 650Research Methods and Analysis3
SFTY 691Graduate Capstone Course3
Total Degree Requirements30

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