M.S. in Safety

Program Description

No human endeavor or undertaking can be done without involving the field of safety technology. Safety professionals work in a variety of situations alongside management to ensure the health and safety of all employees. Some areas in which safety professionals specialize include: Ergonomics, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health, and Safety Management. The Master of Science degree has a 36 semester credit-hour requirement. A thesis may be submitted which would require 32 credit hours of graduate coursework with no more than 6 credit-hours to be earned by the thesis. A final (written) comprehensive examination is administered to all candidates, thesis and non-thesis, by a committee of three members of the graduate faculty in the College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), including the student’s advisor. Comprehensive examinations will be administered during the spring and fall semesters.

Admission Requirements

For regular admission, applicants to the Environmental Science and Safety programs must complete General Admission and Program requirements prior to registering for the first semester of courses.

1. General Admission Requirements for the Division

Each applicant for admission must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, and must satisfy at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Score at the mean or above on the verbal GRE
  • Score at the mean or above on the quantitative GRE
  • Score at the mean or above on the analytical GRE
  • Score at the mean or above on the Miller Analogies Test
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or above
  • Have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) exam and/or the Professional Engineer (P.E.) exam

In other words, if the final undergraduate GPA is 2.5 or above you are exempt from taking the standardized test (GRE or MAT).

2. Program Requirements

In addition to the general requirements all students entering a program must have completed prior to admission the following courses or their equivalent:

Safety Emphasis:

  • Occupational Safety and Health – MTH 130 or equivalent, PHY 101 and 101L or equivalent, and CHM 203 or equivalent

3. Admission Process/Material

To apply to the Marshall University Graduate College, visit the Graduate Admissions website. You can apply online or use a PDF form. Refer to the Graduate Application menu item on the left of the page at that site.

If you are from outside the US, you may find Marshall’s International Student Information website a useful resource.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses:

  • SFT 599 – Occupational Safety Program Management (3 hrs)
  • SFT 610 – Philosophical and Psychological Concepts of Safety (3 hrs)
  • SFT 630 – Current Literature and Research in Occupational Safety and Health (3 hrs)

Area of Emphasis

Occupational Safety and Health (36 hrs including core courses)

Required Courses

  • SFT 540 – Industrial Fire Prevention (3 hrs)
  • SFT 554 – Industrial Hygiene I (3 hrs)
  • SFT 597 – Occupational Safety Program Development (3 hrs)
  • SFT 645 – Safety Engineering and Equipment Design (3 hrs)
  • SFT 660 – Human Factors in Accident Prevention (3 hrs) or
    SFT 560 – Fundamentals of Ergonomics (3 hrs)
  • ES 550 – Environmental Law I (3 hrs)


9 hours chosen with advisor to give the student 18 hours of 600-level courses

Total hours including core, required, and elective courses: 36.

Mine Safety

The Mine Safety graduate program is offered in cooperation with the National Mine Safety and Health Academy, Beckley, WV. The program is designed for underground and surface mining and is applicable to all aspects of the metallic and non-metallic mining industry. The Division Chair of Applied Science Technology grants permission for admission to this area of emphasis. Please contact the Division Chair for further information prior to applying for admission to this program.

Graduate Minor in Safety

Graduate students from other majors may obtain a graduate Minor in Safety by completing any three Safety Technology courses at the 500-level or 600-level for a total of nine hours of graduate work, with written permission in advance from the student’s academic advisor and the Department Chair prior to the student taking the courses.

Program-Related Links

www.asse.org – American Society of Safety Engineers
http://www.asse.org/assets/1/7/2007CareerGuide9-16-08-cropped1.pdf – Career Guide to the Safety Profession