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Industrial Hygiene, MS

Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene

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.

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Tsvetan Popov, Ph.D., CIH, CSP
Industrial Hygiene Coordinator and Advisor
Humphreys Building, Room 324
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-4442

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Department of Occupational Risk and Safety Science

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Mo.’s only ABET-accredited IHS program

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17:1 student-to-faculty ratio

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Finish in as few as two years

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Fully online degree program option

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100% job placement rate

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Longstanding program of nearly 40 years

What you will study

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:

  • Industrial Environmental Monitoring
  • Industrial Toxicology
  • Industrial Ventilation for Environmental Safety and Health
  • Noise Measurements
  • Occupational Hazard Management
  • Organization, Administration and Supervision of Safety Programs
  • Principles of Epidemiology

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).


Excellence in Industrial Hygiene

  • UCM's MS in Industrial Hygiene degree is part of the only graduate-level Industrial Hygiene safety program in the state of Missouri accredited by ABET’s Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission. It’s also one of only approximately 15 industrial hygiene programs in the country and is now available completely online.
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Unique learning opportunities in industrial hygiene

The University of Central Missouri enables you to take your learning outside the classroom through exciting activities such as:

  • Lab research: Practice using industry instrumentation in UCM’s industrial hygiene lab, one of the best facilities of its kind among occupational hygiene academic programs in the country.
  • Internships: Apply your graduate studies in an internship, where you can execute your knowledge in real-world environments. Many UCM industrial hygiene internships lead to job offers from participating companies after graduation.
  • Career fairs: Participate virtually and in person at industrial hygiene safety career fairs, where you can network with other professionals and learn about job opportunities.


What you can do with a degree in Industrial Hygiene degree from UCM?

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:

  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Kiewit
  • Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Nissan Motor Company
  • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • U.S. Navy
  • Vastek

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.

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Industrial hygiene safety jobs

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Financial assistance options for your  Industrial Hygiene degree

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:

  • Alice Fayemi Olaiya Foundation Award
  • Herbert H. Jones Industrial Hygiene Scholarship

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.


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What are the admissions requirements?

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:

  • A bachelor's degree from a Regionally Accredited University with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Course work that includes one semester of each of the following subjects with a grade of C or better: organic chemistry, mammalian or human physiology, biology

Additional requirements by Area are as follows: 

Professional Certification Area

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).

Foundation Area

  • One semester of each of the following subjects with a grade of C or better: chemistry, physics, college algebra or higher-level math, and statistics
  • Students must complete SAFE 5100** (taken before or concurrently with SAFE 5140). All admissions requirements, as well as SAFE 5140, SAFE 5200**, and SAFE 5210** must be completed before they may enroll in any 5000- or 6000-level required courses.

**(1 credit hour courses)


The department will consider applicants that do not meet all of the above criteria on a case by case basis.

How do I apply?

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
FAX: 660-543-4778

Website: graduate-and-international- student-services/index.php  

Where can I find 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 

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 MS Industrial Hygiene 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.
  7. An ability to develop a project or research activity resulting in a report that demonstrates both the mastery of the subject matter and a high level of communication skills

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:

  1. Assess risks stemming from identified workplace hazards.
  2. Propose risk treatment solutions to achieve As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) risk levels.
  3. Design an industrial hygiene program that reduces chemical, biological, and physical risks.
  4. Develop, coordinate, and/or participate in multidisciplinary teams, using professional verbal and written communication skills, to protect people, property, and the environment.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.


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