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Occupational Safety, BS - Safety Management Option

Occupational Safety - Safety Management Degree

At the University of Central Missouri, our Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety includes an option to focus on Safety Management. This undergraduate program teaches you how to protect people and property by creating a safer working environment.

Earn an ABET-accredited degree and your GSP designation

Our Occupational Safety - Safety Management degree is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET and is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). To prepare for your Graduate Safety Practitioner designation (GSP), you’ll learn to identify and evaluate potential work environment hazards and take steps to resolve them.

The Graduate Safety Practitioner designation is integrated into the Safety Management bachelor’s degree program curriculum, so you’ll save you time – and money – by completing both at the same time. This professional credential also gives you an advantage in high-demand safety management jobs, with the potential to earn a higher graduate safety practitioner salary.

Occupational Safety - Safety Management degree options

UCM’s bachelor’s degrees in Occupational Safety are open to full- or part-time undergraduate students. Occupational Safety degree courses are offered on campus in Warrensburg, Missouri, but you may choose to take some courses in hybrid and online formats. Summer courses are all offered online.

Want to fast-track your education? You have the option of pursuing the accelerated BS to MS pathway to earn the MS in Occupational Safety Management degree faster.

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ABET-accredited Safety Management degree

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Starting salary averages $55–$70K

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What you will study

Build your skills and expand your knowledge in one of the country’s best Occupational Safety degrees in Safety Management — and the only ABET-accredited Safety program of its kind in Missouri. You’ll explore topics such as industrial hazard control, occupational risk management and environmental compliance. What you learn can be applied directly in safety management jobs.

Our BS in Occupational Safety Management degree also covers the evaluation of industries with higher rates of injuries or fatalities on the job and how to identify, reduce or eliminate hazards in these industries. 

Core courses for the bachelor’s in Occupational Safety - Safety Management degree include:

  • Principles of Accident Causation and Prevention: Trace the development of the safety movement and gain a background useful for handling problems and procedures in school, industrial, transportation, civil defense and emergency safety programs.
  • Safety Leadership: Understand the problems of behavior, causes of accidents and how to apply the principles of psychology, philosophy and ethics in the development and management of safe behavior on and off the job.
  • Industrial Hazard Control: Learn the techniques for controlling mechanical, electrical and chemical hazards.

You can also customize your coursework with electives or a minor that reflect your interests and develop your skills and knowledge in a specialty area of safety management.

Expert instruction from industry-leading faculty

Our faculty members are active in professional organizations and groups. They present at industry conferences and workshops to highlight the value of degrees in safety management.


Excellence in Occupational Safety

  • UCM's Occupational Safety BS, including the Safety Management degree option, is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. Graduates from ABET-accredited programs gain the educational foundation to lead the way in emerging technologies, innovation and anticipating public welfare and safety needs.
  • A Most Focused College for Occupational Safety & Health Technology (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in safety management

What helps set the University of Central Missouri apart from other colleges with degrees in safety management is our hands-on learning opportunities. We provide you with professional experience and opportunities to apply your learning in practical settings. You will qualify for the GSP designation upon graduation, which means you’ll be better prepared for — and ready to advance in — safety management jobs.

  • Internships: Get on-the-job experience and earn course credit with an internship. Opportunities are available through our alumni engagement program, faculty networks and industry connections. Many employers use internship programs as a way to hire full-time employees, so this experience could lead to finding safety management jobs.
  • Learning lab: UCM has one of the top labs in the country for safety management degrees. You’ll have access to the latest equipment to enhance your skills and techniques.
  • Industry connections: Active chapters of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association are located in nearby Kansas City. The professional organizations offer opportunities for you to network and learn from experienced safety managers.


What can you do with a Safety Management degree from UCM?

With your Graduate Safety Practitioner designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, you’ll be well-prepared for safety management jobs in construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, government, utilities, transportation, insurance and many other industries. 

Your Occupational Safety - Safety Management degree from UCM will also open doors to graduate school and offer you the potential to boost your career opportunities. You can use your bachelor’s degree to:

  • Design and conduct experiments
  • Analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
  • Develop safety, health and environmental (SH&E) training for diverse occupational settings

More on safety management jobs

Discover the opportunities a degree focused on safety management offers by using the interactive tool below. You’ll gain insights on safety management jobs, graduate safety practitioner salaries, career outlooks and more.




Financial assistance options for your Occupational Safety - Safety Management degree

Occupational safety degrees in safety management are a valuable investment in your future. At the same time, the University of Central Missouri offers many resources to help you finance your college education. In addition to our competitive tuition rates, scholarships are available for our Safety Management majors.

  • Missouri Employers Mutual Full Tuition Scholarship
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals Scholarships
  • Construction Safety Group of Kansas City Scholarship
  • International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Daniel K. Shipp Scholarship
  • Don B. Daily Safety Steel Intern Scholarship 
  • UCM Foundation Scholarships for Safety Management majors 
  • Missouri Asphalt Paving Association Scholarships


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Take your degree further.

Your bachelor’s in Occupational Safety - Safety Management degree will set you up for continued career growth. You will be well prepared for graduate school and may be interested in earning the MS in Occupational Safety Management. You also have the option to apply for the accelerated BS to MS in Occupational Safety Management program, which reduces your time to complete the MS degree.

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Make yourself more marketable.

To expand your safety management job options, you could add an undergraduate certificate or minor to your bachelor’s degree. These programs pair particularly well with the Safety Management degree:

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Explore programs related to safety management.

Not sure that an Occupational Safety - Safety Management degree is right for you? You may also be interested in these undergraduate programs at UCM:

Program Student Outcomes

The following Student Outcomes align with the required General Criteria of the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET and provide a foundation that prepares graduates to attain the BS Occupational Safety Program Educational Objectives:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.

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.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum 2.2 cumulative GPA.
  • The grade of C or better must be attained in all designated safety, math, and science courses.
  • An assessment examination must be completed during the last semester of course work

Enrollment and graduation data

The UCM Campus Data Hub allows you to access enrollment and graduation data for the University and individual programs at: offices/university-analytics- and-institutional-research/ campus-data/index.php


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