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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:

Industrial Hygiene

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.

Safety

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.

Institute of Hazardous Materials Management 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.



BCSP QAP - Qualified Academic Program 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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Admission Requirements

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.


Degree Requirements

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.


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Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Former UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Former UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Former UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information go to How to Apply. Check the status of your application online through E-Services using your UHCL student ID. 

The UHCL applications is available online through www.applytexas.org. 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 former 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. 

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines. 


  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer*

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 20

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.


Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL

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UHCL Online

Bayou Building, Room 1406
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-212-1611

Make the most of a hectic schedule and study from home or the office through UHCL Online, offering the same level of excellence for more than 20 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.


Occupational Safety and Health M.S. Faculty

Magdy Akladios
Magdy Akladios

Magdy Akladios

Department Chair of Physical and Applied Sciences and Professor of Occupational Safety and Health with specializations in industrial hygiene or safety ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3744
Email: akladios@uhcl.edu
Office: STEM 2005

Magdy Akladios Faculty Bio

Bob Phalen
Robert Phalen

Robert N. Phalen

Associate Professor of Occupational Safety and Health with specializations in industrial hygiene or safety ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3753
Email: phalen@uhcl.edu
Office: STEM 2208

Robert N. Phalen Faculty Bio