Occupational Safety and Health M.S.
Learn to Create Safer, Healthier Workplaces
Earn your Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from University of Houston-Clear Lake and learn to design, evaluate and implement methods, policies and controls that promote safer indoor and outdoor workplace environments. For your convenience, you can complete the degree entirely in person or online. With rigorous coursework and activities in simulated settings, you will learn how to anticipate, identify and avert hazards in real-life situations, including physical, chemical and biological hazards. Narrow your focus by choosing one four specializations in:
Involves anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention and control of workplace environmental factors or hazards that may impair health or cause significant discomfort for individuals. Geared more towards assessing and controlling workplace hazards, with hands-on experience.
Occupational Safety and Health (Online)
Focuses on the recognition, evaluation and control of health and safety hazards in the workplace and environment. Geared more towards working professionals seeking to advance their knowledge and career. Broader coverage of occupational and environmental topics.
Process Safety Management
Learn to improve an organization’s safety record through the identification, assessment and management of process safety hazards. Includes process hazard assessment, risk management plans and process safety management principles.
Focuses on anticipation, identification and evaluation of hazardous conditions and practices. Geared more towards the engineering and physics aspect of safety, ergonomics, human factors, and management of occupational safety and health programs and regulations.
Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue further academic training in occupational
health and safety towards a doctorate. You may also prepare for professional certification
examinations in industrial hygiene and/or safety.
The Occupational Safety and Health M.S. specializations in Industrial Hygiene, Safety and the online option are approved by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) for the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM). The IHMM certifies health and safety professionals.
The Occupational Safety and Health Program specializations in Industrial Hygiene, Safety and the online option are recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Graduates of a QAP are eligible to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®), a BCSP-approved credential necessary to apply for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®). It is only available to graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP QAP standards.
Land a Lucrative Career and Meet a Regional Need
UHCL's Occupational Safety and Health M.S. focuses on the applied STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) sciences, and will equip you for careers in the government and private occupational health and safety sectors. Many of these careers have a median salary of over $75,000. Businesses along the Gulf Coast are the primary employers of health and safety professionals in the nation, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Texas Workforce Commission indicates a 20 percent growth in jobs in the region. Equipped with the knowledge and experience you'll receive with this degree at UHCL, your professional options include:
- Health and safety coordinator or director.
- Industrial hygienist.
- Safety engineer.
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UHCL’s College of Science and Engineering has created a solid foundation of study designed to help you make your educational dreams a reality. Explore the classes you’ll need to take for your University of Houston-Clear Lake degree.
UHCL’s College of Science and Engineering has created a solid foundation of study designed to help you make your educational dreams a reality. Explore the classes you’ll need to take for your University of Houston-Clear Lake degree.Occupational Safety and Health, M.S.
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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
FallNew Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
Returning UHCL Students - August 15
SpringNew Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
Returning UHCL Students - January 15
SummerNew Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
Returning UHCL Students - May 25
Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.
Applying After the Priority Deadline
New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.
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- International Deadlines
Deadline - May 1
Deadline - October 1
Deadline - April 1
For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.
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