Open Calendar
Students learning to use an oxygen mask


Click to print this page

Occupational Safety Management, MS

Master’s in Occupational Safety and Health

Do you want to further position yourself to keep people and companies safe in today’s complicated world? Advance your career in safety science with a Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri. 

UCM offers one of very few ABET-accredited MS programs in occupational safety and health management in the country, so your master’s degree will get employers to take notice. Our focus on hands-on experience means you’ll be ready to move into a leadership role in the workforce after graduation. You’ll roll up your sleeves in a graduate lab course and out in the field using the most current technology. Participate in premier conferences and test your safety science skills in applied projects as you earn your Safety master’s degree from UCM. 

Our small classroom sizes range from just 10 to 25 graduate students, so you get the personal attention you deserve as you hone your skills and advance toward your individual goals.

Get ahead in occupational safety and health jobs — on the job

We understand the individual needs, experience and job status of each of our safety science graduate students differs. At the University of Central Missouri, you can work toward your graduate Occupational Safety degree at your own pace to meet your own goals. Typically, full-time students complete their Master of Occupational Safety Management within one to two years. Part-time students who take two courses each semester complete the degree within five to six semesters. 

Whether you pursue your Master of Occupational Safety Management online, in Warrensburg, in a hybrid format or even over the summer, you can advance your career while in your current job thanks to UCM’s flexible program options. Our customizable master’s program works with your schedule.

View Courses


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

College of Health, Science and Technology

School of Geoscience, Physics and Safety

Safety Sciences

Faculty icon
Request Info icon
Request Info
Visit icon
Apply icon


Sample accreditations badge

ABET-accredited master’s degree

An icon of a person with 3 stars

BCSP Qualified Academic Program

A diploma icon

Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP) designation

An icon of people on a podium

Established, reputable program

An icon of a cocument with a checkmark

Finish in one to two years


What you will study

What is occupational safety and health administration at the next level? You keep a finger on the pulse of the latest occupational safety and safety science trends while pursuing your master’s in Occupational Safety degree.

While this graduate program begins with core classes, the Master’s in Occupational Safety Management is highly customizable. You can choose from one of these three areas of concentration based on your qualifications: 

  • Professional Certification
  • Work Experience 
  • Foundation 

Regardless of your chosen concentration, all safety science graduate students will take courses in occupational hazard management, risk management and financing, organizational administration and supervision and sustainability. These advanced courses offer in-depth safety science education and experience that you’ll need for leadership roles in environmental health and safety (EHS) fields.

You can also choose from over 20 electives based on your career focus, interests and goals. For example, our graduate lab course provides a thorough introduction to a variety of instruments used by professionals in occupational safety and health jobs.


National Rankings

  • UCM offers the only ABET-accredited MS program in Occupational Safety and Health in Missouri. The Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET accredits the program. 
  • Our Safety Science master’s degree program also carries a distinction as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), setting your degree apart in the field. BCSP offers a variety of student services that you’ll gain access to through UCM. 
  • The University of Central Missouri has been ranked as one of the 2022 Most Focused Colleges for Occupational Safety & Health Technology by College Factual.


Unique learning opportunities in occupational safety management

No matter how you pursue your advanced Safety degree from the University of Central Missouri, take advantage of everything our one-of-a-kind graduate program offers:

  • State-of-the-art facilities: Learn safety science best practices and occupational safety and health jobs skills using the latest safety and industrial hygiene equipment. 
  • Industry connections: Network with other industry professionals in Kansas City’s active chapters of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Both chapters work closely with our Safety Science program.
  • Applied projects: Our graduate Occupational Safety Management degree program provides hands-on experience you need to advance your career in the industry. Gain exposure to new occupational safety and health jobs through applied projects, as well as internship opportunities.

Earn your GSP designation

All Occupational Safety Management majors are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation upon application at graduation. 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


What can you do with a master’s in Occupational Safety Management from UCM?

Graduate students in the University of Central Missouri’s Occupational Safety Management master’s program find occupational safety and health jobs in a variety of industries, including government, construction, insurance, manufacturing and oil and gas.

What is occupational safety and health administration and what can it mean for your future?

Use our interactive tool below to learn more about how your Master of Occupational Safety Management degree from the University of Central Missouri will help you achieve your future career goals.

Check out UCM’s first destination success and salary statistics 




Financial assistance options for your Occupational Safety Management master’s degree

The University of Central Missouri offers a variety of ways to help you finance your Master of Occupational Safety degree

In addition, several scholarships specifically for safety science students are available, including:

  • A $5,000 annual scholarship through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • Missouri Employers Mutual full tuition scholarship offered through the UCM Foundation
  • A $1,000 to $1,500 scholarship from the Construction Safety Group of Kansas City 
  • AIH Foundation Scholarships  
  • International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Daniel K. Shipp Scholarship ($2,500)
  • 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.


A person using a laptop and a tablet

Take your degree further.

Add a Ph.D. to your graduate Safety Science degree to sharpen your leadership skills for careers in the public or private sector.

2 People reviewing a report on a computer screen

Make yourself more marketable.

Adding a graduate certificate to your master’s degree gives you a competitive edge in the industry. You’ll understand a company’s entire operations and deliver value both from a safety and cost-savings perspective.

A person inspecting a factory

Explore programs related to occupational safety management.

You may also be interested in other master’s programs at UCM that offer specialized training and experience as an alternative program or a dual degree. 

What are the admissions requirements?

Students are admitted into one of three Areas based upon their education and work experience at the time of application. Students must specify which Area they are seeking admission into. Once admitted into an Area, students may not change Areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and being approved by Safety Sciences.

All Applicants must meet the following admissions requirement:

Possession of a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited University with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Additional requirements by Area are as follows (only need to meet the requirements of the Area applying for and admitted into):

  • 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), or Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
  • Work Experience Area – A minimum of 1 year of full time work experience with at least 50% job duties related to safety. Work experience must be documented from one of the following:
    1. Eligibility to sit for the ASP exam – eligibility letter from BCSP must be submitted with application to the program. OR
    2. Possession of current certification in good standing of any of the following certifications through the BCSP:
      1. Safety Management Specialist (SMS)
      2. Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST)
      3. Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST)
      4. Safety Trained Supervisor (STS)
      5. Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC)
  • 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)

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.


Request Info   Visit   Apply Today!



  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linkedin
  • instagram