Do your part to keep employees, equipment and the environment safe with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri. You’ll learn how to limit workplace hazards, develop occupational risk mitigation strategies and apply global and societal contexts to occupational safety and health.
Faculty who lead the industry
You’ll learn from experts who are frequently published in industry journals and author chapters on industrial hygiene and safety best practices. UCM’s Industrial Hygiene degree program faculty have multiple professional certifications, are active in industry organizations and contribute to top textbooks on risk assessment and management.
What’s more, they’re dedicated, supportive mentors and educators. Many members of our faculty have earned the Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year award from the American Society of Safety Professionals.
100% online MS in Industrial Hygiene degree
UCM puts opportunity within your reach by offering our Industrial Hygiene safety degree 100% online. Our flexible degree options help you maintain your personal commitments while earning your master’s degree. You can even take your lab courses online, choose hybrid instruction and take summer courses to graduate sooner.
Mo.’s only ABET-accredited IHS program
17:1 student-to-faculty ratio
Finish in as few as two years
Fully online degree program option
100% job placement rate
Longstanding program of nearly 40 years
At the University of Central Missouri, you can enter one of two tracks to earn your MS in Industrial Hygiene degree: Foundation and Professional Certification. In the Foundation track, you’ll build your knowledge of industrial hygiene safety, with a strong focus on research and lab work. The Professional Certification track will ensure that you build the skills and qualifications you need to obtain professional industrial hygiene certifications.
Regardless of the track you choose, you’ll study safety leadership, risk management, toxicology, epidemiology and occupational health. You’ll also have opportunities to apply your new skills immediately in a professional setting. Program courses you may take include:
Graduate Safety Practitioner designation
When you graduate with your MS in Industrial Hygiene from UCM, you’ll be eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. This respected title is only available to students who complete programs that meet the requirements set by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Becoming a GSP can put you on the path to becoming a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
The University of Central Missouri enables you to take your learning outside the classroom through exciting activities such as:
Through courses and experiential learning focused on occupational safety and health, you’ll develop and coordinate industrial hygiene programs for both large and small organizations.
The University of Central Missouri’s MS in Industrial Hygiene degree is also a bridge to a career in environmental hygiene, compliance, safety engineering, environmental health and safety, corporate safety, construction supervision or consulting. Graduates of UCM’s Industrial Hygiene safety program have been hired by public, private and governmental organizations, including:
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.
Industrial hygiene safety jobs
Use the interactive tool below to discover career paths in industrial hygiene, salary expectations, projected job growth and more.
The University of Central Missouri offers a respected Industrial Hygiene degree at an exceptional value. Tuition for UCM’s program is less than that of similar occupational hygiene programs across the country.
To help you finance your graduate school education, we also offer a range of financial aid options, including university scholarships, grants, tuition awards, loans and more. We even provide certain scholarships available only to students in the Industrial Hygiene safety program:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
You can also apply for a variety of scholarships offered by related professional organizations, including the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation, American Society of Safety Professionals, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, International Safety Equipment Association and Association for Iron and Steel Technology.
Explore programs related to industrial hygiene safety.
If you’re interested in expanding your career in the fields of occupational hygiene and occupational health and safety but you haven’t yet settled on a degree, you may also want to explore the following program at UCM:
Students are admitted into one of two Areas based upon their education and professional certification at the time of application. Once admitted into an Area, students may not change Areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and obtaining approval from the Safety Sciences faculty.
All students seeking admission to the Industrial Hygiene program must have:
Additional requirements by Area are as follows:
Admission into this Area requires current possession of any of the following designations or certifications in good standing: Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
**(1 credit hour courses)
The department will consider applicants that do not meet all of the above criteria on a case by case basis.
Complete your application and be sure to provide the Graduate and International Student Services with official transcripts.
Those transcripts can be sent to:
University of Central Missouri
Graduate and International Student Services
Ward Edwards Building, Room 1800
Warrensburg, MO 64093
If you have any questions about applying, contact the Graduate and International Student Services at
660-543-4621 or 660-543-4092
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 MS Industrial Hygiene Program Educational Objectives:
The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to: