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Industrial Hygiene MS

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. You will gain hands-on experience with current laboratory and field technology, paid internships, participation in premier conferences, and applied projects. The highly specialized industrial hygiene degree provides an excellent advanced career path.

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ANSAC/ABET accredited

The Industrial Hygiene program at UCM is the only ANSAC/ABET accredited MS industrial hygiene program in Missouri, and it is one of fewer than 30 master's level programs in the U.S. accredited under ABET’s industrial hygiene program criteria. 

Find out why accreditation matters to you

Earn your GSP designation

All Industrial Hygiene majors are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation upon application at graduation. A 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 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
  • Completed the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

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?

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

Program Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, the student with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene will be able to:

  • Apply basic skills in developing sampling strategy, sampling methods, and use of control measures.
  • Design a hygiene program that mitigates chemical, biological, and physical hazards.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data using qualitative and quantitative methods of hazard assessment.
  • Identify and evaluate agents and stressors in occupational and non-occupational settings.
  • Apply techniques using instrumentation to discover/identify hazards; prioritizing and implementing strategies to control or minimize the risks of exposure.
  • Evaluate the most appropriate level of protection that considers the degree of hazard, concentration of chemical, and nature of the toxicity.

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:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally, both 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 and effectiveness.
  • Identify and evaluate agents, stressors, and work practices that impact occupational and non-occupational settings.
  • Collect and analyze data using valid scientific qualitative and quantitative methods and procedures.
  • Recommend and evaluate hazard mitigation strategies.


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