Master of Science in Envir. Health & Safety
Master of Science in Environmental Health and Safety
First and foremost, EHS professionals maintain and improve the quality of life of those around them. Not only do they keep workers safe on the job by reducing the likelihood of injury, illness or death, but they work to ensure the financial success of their employers or clients while making decisions to protect the environment and society as a whole. In doing so, no day is ever the same. EHS professionals blend technical and management expertise with the communication skills needed to interact and cooperate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Surveys show that EHS professionals enjoy their jobs, reporting high job satisfaction rates and better than average salaries. Recent grads from the MEHS program have accepted salaries starting in the mid-$40ks, with a few non-traditional students making over $80k.
The Master of Environmental Health and Safety (M.E.H.S.) program prepares graduates for professional careers in environmental health and safety – encompassing occupational safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, risk management and environmental health. However, we strive not only to provide academic-based knowledge, but also the technical and practical skills necessary to be a successful EHS professional. While our coursework covers a broad range of EHS topics, students may also choose areas in which they would like to explore more in-depth. We invite people from all undergraduate backgrounds to apply and offer an evening option for those considering a career change.
What Qualities Do Successful MEHS Students Have?
The Master of Environmental Health and Safety degree is best suited to students with solid background in engineering, technology, natural science and health who are interested in further specialization in occupational safety and health. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in technology, engineering, science, or other appropriate field. Baccalaureate degree holders with different majors but with other relevant backgrounds or qualifications will also be considered. If deficiencies exist, candidates may be accepted into the program contingent upon the successful completion of certain courses designed to correct them.
All MEHS candidates gain thorough preparation in problem-solving methods, decision-making techniques, record-keeping procedures, training and presentation skills, cross-organizational communication and leadership. In addition to studying safety principles and practices, MEHS program candidates learn how to analyze data and assess human situations, often drawing on personal experience in occupational settings. Shared information, group discussion and the give and take of opinions help develop the sound professional judgment and practical knowledge that are of immediate value to prospective employers.
Students are also encouraged to join related professional organizations where they have opportunities to learn from resource people in industrial safety, hygiene and ergonomics and establish professional contacts. In addition, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) student chapter also brings in guest speakers and program alumni.
What are the Admission Requirements?
By the start of the term for which they are applying, all applicants must have:
- A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- Taken the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Obtained a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL (international students only)
- A grade of C or better in the following prerequisite college coursework:
- Introductory chemistry with a lab component
- Introductory calculus
- Introductory statistics
Preferred applicants will have:
- A Baccalaureate degree in a science, engineering or other E.H.S.-related field
- A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better
- Work experience related to E.H.S.
- Obtained a minimum combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the (GRE) and a 4.0 on the analytical writing section
- Completed the following college coursework:
- Introductory physics
- Human biology/physiology
Select candidates with either a cumulative GPA below 3.00 or a deficiency in their prerequisite coursework may be offered a probationary one-semester admission. The probationary period is intended to allow these students to demonstrate their potential for successfully completing the degree program. Students admitted on probation must take two core courses; if they obtain an overall GPA of 3.00 or better, they will be offered full admission and allowed to continue taking courses in the program.
How Do I Apply?
Information and application materials are available from the M.E.H.S. program office or from the M.E.H.S. website. All applicants must submit the following items as part of their complete application package:
- Application form for the M.E.H.S. program (download: .doc or .pdf)
- Official transcript(s) indicating:
- Completion of a Baccalaureate degree program
- Grades obtained in the prerequisite courses
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE General Test scores
- TOEFL score (international students only)
- Answers to essay questions on E.H.S-related scenarios (download: .doc or .pdf)
An application package must be completed and received by the M.E.H.S. program office no less than one month prior to the term in which the student wishes to enroll. Packages that are completed or received less than one month prior to the start of a term will be reviewed for admission effective the following term. Applicants are also responsible for obtaining information on and following any University-level admission deadlines and requirements.