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Occupational Safety BS/Occupational Safety Management MS (Accelerated Program)


Earn a degree in this high-demand field with excellent employment and salary opportunities. The safety profession focuses on keeping people safe while also preventing harm to property and the environment. Gain hands-on experience with current laboratory and field technology, paid internships, participation in premier conferences, and applied projects. This degree offers three Options for you to select from at the undergraduate level: Environmental Management, Safety Management, and Occupational Health Management. You will finish your BS and MS simultaneously, in less time and with fewer hours than earning each one separately.

Undergraduate UCM students may consult with their faculty advisor and complete a school application to declare the accelerated BS/MS in Occupational Safety. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, student in the accelerated program will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the Accelerated BS/MS program.

Option 1: Environmental Management

This option provides additional education on environmental remediation, air quality and pollution prevention, water quality, wastewater management, and industrial ventilation.

Option 2: Safety Management

This options offers the opportunity to customize your course work with approved electives or the inclusion of a minor. Excellent minors include business, construction management, psychology, criminal justice, and core sciences such as chemistry, biology, geoscience, and physics.

Option 3: Occupational Health Management

This option is ideal for individuals who may be interested in pursuing an MS degree in industrial hygiene. Additional coursework includes biochemistry, human biology, ventilation, noise measurements, and high hazard industries.


Earn your GSP designation

All Occupational Safety BS/Occupational Safety Management MS, Accelerated majors are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation upon application at graduation. GSP is an alternate path toward the professional certification of Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Only students who graduate from a Qualified Academic Program meeting the standards of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals are eligible for the GSP designation, making it highly respected.

Learn more about the GSP

Employment Opportunities

UCM and the Safety Sciences programs have excellent placement rates. Our students are extremely competitive in the job market and have earned excellent starting salaries.

Check out UCM’s first destination success and salary statistics

What is Safety Sciences?

The primary focus for the safety profession is prevention of harm to people, property, and the environment. Safety professionals apply principles drawn from such disciplines as engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health, physics, and management. They use appropriate methods and techniques of loss prevention and loss control. "Safety sciences" is a twenty-first century term for everything that goes into the prevention of accidents, illnesses, fires, explosions and other events which harm people, property, and the environment.  (Career Guide to the Safety Profession, 3rd Edition.) 

Read more about the safety profession from the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Where do Safety Professionals Work?

Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oil and gas
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Insurance
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Airlines
  • Utilities
  • Government at the local, state and federal levels.

For more details on where safety professionals work, what they do, and the employment outlook, see the Career Guide to the Safety Profession.

Where can I find enrollment and graduation data?

UCM publishes a Fact Book with enrollment information and graduation data for the University and individual programs.

Program Student Outcomes

Undergraduate Outcomes:
At the time of graduation, students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health will be able to:
  1. Anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazards for the development of control strategies through the application of math, science, business, and risk management concepts.
  2. Formulate, design, implement, and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs.
  3. Communicate professionally both verbally and in writing as an individual and as a contributing member of a multidisciplinary team.
  4. Identify and interpret applicable standards, regulations, and codes in a global society.
  5. Conduct an accident investigation including root cause analysis and development of a corrective action plan.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice of the fundamental aspects of safety, health and environmental sciences (SH&E).
  7. Design and conduct experiments and formulate an analysis and interpretation of associated qualitative, semi-quantitative, and/or quantitative data.
  8. Apply SH&E knowledge and principles in an internship, cooperative, or supervised experience.
  9. Understand and communicate professional and ethical codes.
  10. Develop the business case and demonstrate the value of SH&E interventions
  11. Develop SH&E training utilizing appropriate adult learning theories and techniques to meet diversity in occupational settings.
  12. Articulate the need to maintain technical professional competency on contemporary issues in order to understand the impact of SH&E solutions in a global and societal context.

Graduate Outcomes

  1. Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
  2. Demonstrate the application of business and risk management concepts.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of safety, industrial hygiene, environmental science, fire science, hazardous materials, emergency management, ergonomics, and/or human factors.
  4. Design and evaluate safety, health, and/or environmental programs.
  5. Apply adult learning theory to safety training methodology.
  6. Identify and apply applicable standards, regulations, and codes.
  7. Conduct accident investigations and analyses.
  8. Apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through an intern, cooperative, or supervised experience.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety will be prepared to attain the following objectives:

  • Anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazards, exposures, and risk through development and management of control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices.
  • Uphold the responsibilities of the profession to protect people, property, and the environment in a global or societal market with personal integrity and honesty through adherence to professional ethical codes.
  • Acquire and evaluate evolving SH&E-related information through research, and the application and continuing development of abilities, skills, and knowledge gained in the program to identify practical solutions for safety issues.
  • Continually enhance discipline-specific technical competencies, skills, and knowledge by seeking certification, and through active participation in professional societies, conferences, workshops, networking, continuing education, and/or other professional development activities.
  • Develop, implement, and provide ongoing leadership for organizational SH&E programs.

The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety Management will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally, verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
  • Recognize the importance of contemporary, global, and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.
  • Develop, coordinate, and/or participate on multidisciplinary teams to protect people, property, and the environment.
  • Recognize the importance of life-long learning for the purpose of enhancing discipline-specific technical competencies.
  • Analyze injury, illness, and liability trends to help establish priority direction.
  • Organize limited resources for optimum risk control.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate hazard control processes for a performance safety program.

GPS School Chair

Dr. Leigh Ann Blunt
CSP, Professor of Safety,
HUM 225
Tel: 660-543-4963


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