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

Dual Occupational Safety and Health Degrees

What is Occupational Safety Management in the real world? Find out sooner with an accelerated degree from the University of Central Missouri. With the only ABET-accredited bachelor’s and master’s programs of their kind, UCM offers an accelerated degree program that allows you to earn both your BS degree in Occupational Safety and MS degree in Occupational Safety Management with an accelerated path. To enroll, you’ll start by majoring in Occupational Safety, then apply to the accelerated program through the Occupational Safety Management master’s.

If you feel passionately about health and well-being, occupational safety and health jobs may be your calling. Although the impact of safety professionals is hard to measure, UCM graduates of the accelerated program say their Occupational Safety and Health degrees lead to truly helping others stay safe, protecting property and environment, promoting business and gratifying work in laws and regulations.

Value is another huge benefit of earning both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees together. Students say the process is easy, since BS credits flow right into the MS (up to 9 credit hours). Spend less time, effort and money getting ahead in your career — at a pace that works for you.

An advanced degree with flexible options 

Our accelerated program offers the ultimate flexibility with online, hybrid and summer courses, as well as in-person instruction at our Warrensburg campuses.

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Dr. Miaozong Wu, PhD, CSP, ARMTM
Associate Professor of Safety and Industrial Hygiene
Coordinator of MS in Occupational Safety Management
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-4411

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What you will study

Start your journey to success with our BS in Occupational Safety, featuring three distinct concentrations:

  • Safety Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Occupational Health Management

No matter which concentration you choose, you’ll take classes that prepare you for a rewarding Occupational Safety career. Delve into industry-focused topics such as safety leadership, risk management, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, system safety, statistical analysis, accident investigation and many others.

After finishing your UCM Occupational Safety bachelor’s degree, you’ll be eligible for the Professional Certification area of your MS degree.

Core courses in the graduate Occupational Safety and Health degree include Occupational Hazard Management, Risk Management and Financing, Organization, Administration and Supervision, and Industrial Hygiene, which will help you to manage a safety program efficiently. 

UCM’s Safety degree program also offers over 20 elective courses for MS students in Occupational Safety Management, arming you with knowledge of the field tailored to your specific interests and needs.


National Rankings

  • The University of Central Missouri is the only university in the state with an ABET-accredited Occupational Safety Management BS and MS.
  • UCM’s Occupational Safety and Health degree program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission (ANSAC), a part of ABET.
  • Ranked in the top 15.5% of the 2022 Most Focused Colleges for Occupational Safety & Health Technology by College Factual
  • Ranked in the top 12.5% of the 2022 Most Popular Colleges for Occupational Safety & Health Technology by College Factual
  • Ranked as #18 (and the only Missouri university) of the 25 Best Bachelor's in Occupational Health and Safety Programs by Best Health Degrees in 2022
  • Ranked as the #15 Best Online Bachelor's in Occupational Health and Safety Programs by Best Health Degrees in 2022


Unique learning opportunities in the Occupational Safety accelerated program

What is occupational safety management to us? It means earning your advanced Occupational Safety Management MS degree in a way that works best for you. Our customizable program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree and secure a job in the safety science field, then work toward your master’s degree — at your pace. Full-time students complete the MS in as little as one year. Part-timers earn their MS in three to six semesters.

Your dual Occupational Safety BS and Occupational Safety Management MS degrees include access to:

  • State-of-the-art facilities: Gain proficiency on the latest safety science and industrial hygiene equipment from our hands-on approach to learning throughout the accelerated program.
  • Networking opportunities: Our campus in Warrensburg is near major cities such as Kansas City, offering networking opportunities with members of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). 
  • Internships: Take the first step in establishing yourself in the safety science field. Earn credit toward your BS and MS degrees and gain first-hand work experience.
  • Career advising: ASSP and AIHA members offer guidance on your future and share insights on occupational safety and health jobs as you advance your career.


What can you do with BS and MS in Occupational Safety Management degrees from UCM?

Graduates of our Occupational Safety degree programs have earned a nearly 100% success rate securing occupational safety and health jobs. Paid internships often evolve into first opportunities in the occupational safety management or safety science workforce.  

Once you earn your advanced Occupational Safety degree, have confidence you’ll find a job in industries and fields such as high-tech, construction, utilities, manufacturing, transportation, insurance, government and military. 

What is occupational safety and health administration beyond UCM?   

Occupational safety and health jobs abound in Kansas City and beyond. Your accelerated degree in Occupational Safety Management can catapult you further in your career. Find out about relevant career paths and coordinating salaries using our interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your Occupational Safety Management degreeS

Combining your Occupational Safety degrees in UCM’s accelerated program can save you not only time but also money. We can help you finance your education, as well. 

As an undergraduate or graduate student in UCM’s Safety Sciences program, you may qualify for a variety of exclusive scholarships, such as:

  • A $5,000 annual scholarship through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • A full-tuition Missouri Employers Mutual scholarship offered through the UCM Foundation
  • A $1,500 to $2,000 scholarship from the Construction Safety Group of Kansas City 
  • A $2,500 International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Daniel K. Shipp Scholarship
  • National Safety Council (NSC) Scholarship programs including the Women in Safety Scholarship, Billy D. Young Memorial Scholarship and Lorraine Pack Memorial Scholarship 
  • Don B. Daily Safety Steel Intern Scholarship, which includes a paid summer internship at a North American steel manufacturing facility or industry supplier

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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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.


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