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Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health

Course Requirements

  1. Required Courses……………………………………32 hours
    • SFTY-5103 Advanced Safety Program Management
    • SFTY-5123 Crises Preparedness and Occupational Security
    • SFTY-5143 Legal Liability & Workers Compensation
    • SFTY-5153 Occupational Safety Statistics
    • SFTY-5163 Construction Safety II
    • SFTY-5214 Industrial Hygiene II (with weekend on-campus lab)
    • SFTY-5223 Toxicology
    • SFTY-5233 Advanced Ergonomic Engineering
    • SFTY-5244 HAZMAT II (with weekend on-campus lab)
    • SFTY-5263 Indoor Air Quality
  2. Electives………………………………………………..3 hours
    • SFTY-5253 Philosophy of Safety Management
    • SFTY-5273 Food Safety & Sanitation
    • SFTY-5313 Current Literature in Occupational Safety
    • SFTY-5323 Internship in Occupational Safety
    • SFTY-5330 Research in Occupational Safety (thesis track only)

    TOTAL………………………………………………………..35 hours

  • Successful completion of a capstone comprehensive exit examination or thesis (enrollment in SFTY-5330 would be required if the thesis route is selected) would be required for graduation from the program.
  • All MS courses are designed to rotate through every three semesters (not counting summers) but this is subject to change based on demand. The weekend lab required for the MS courses Industrial Hygiene and HAZMAT will meet for one weekend only for each of the respective courses. It is NOT an every week requirement.

These two labs (during two separate semesters) are Face-to-Face and require each student to come to the Durant campus on specified dates (by the instructor).

Admission Requirements

All admission, retention, and graduation standards and/or requirements will maintain consistency with the requirements for graduate study as set forth in the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Graduate Catalog. In addition, a second set of requirements must be completed for program admittance.

Program entrance requirements for Master of Science degree program in Occupational Safety & Health

Two step process.

Step one: Graduate School Admission.

  1. Applicant must meet entrance requirements for the SOSU graduate school.

Step two: Master of Science Program Admission.

  1. Applicant must have completed College Algebra or higher math course.
  2. Applicant must have completed a bachelor of science degree in Occupational Safety & Health or a related field, or
  3. Applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree and the additional courses Introduction to Occupational Safety & Health, Introduction to Fire Science, Construction Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics, and HAZMAT, or their equivalent.*
  4. Applicant must have attained a minimum of a 2.75 GPA on all undergraduate work completed and 2.75 minimum GPA in all occupational safety courses completed.*
  5. Applicant must complete an 800 word essay describing anticipated contributions to the profession of occupational safety & health.

*Applicant may obtain a conditional admission if their undergraduate occupational safety degree did not include construction safety or if the applicant maintained a 3.0 GPA on the last 60-hours of undergraduate work completed. Applicant must maintain a 3.0 in all graduate work attempted during the first 12 hours of the M.S. degree to remain in the program. In addition, the department chair reserves the right to waive any program entrance requirements dependent upon an applicant’s formal request based on prior work experience in the field of occupational safety (five years minimum) or the applicants holding the CSP or CIH designations. In such cases the applicant may be admitted to the M.S. program without completing the required undergraduate coursework in occupational safety. The applicant must still hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. All other exceptions to the program admissions policy will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the occupational safety advisory board.

*All MS courses are designed to rotate through every three semesters (not counting summers) but this is subject to change based on demand. The weekend lab required for the MS courses Industrial Hygiene and HAZMAT will meet for one weekend only for each of the respective courses. It is NOT an every week requirement.