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Master of Science in Occupational Safety

Program Details

Trained professionals are responsible for designing buildings, industrial equipment, and safety systems in order to protect workers, businesses, and society from the risk of contamination or accidental injury resulting from occupational practices. They understand the science of the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of health hazards resulting from the work environment. For any sort of hazard control, a professional is brought on in order to design systems and procedures for safety control, maintain those systems to keep those systems working correctly, or audit those systems to determine the quality of their controls to see if they meet a required code for safety.

The Master of Science in Occupational Safety program at East Carolina University prepares students for leadership roles the field of occupational safety and related fields by combining theoretical and practical coursework with an approach to real-world cases and situations where students can learn to apply their education to hypothetical and real situations relating to issues current to the field of occupational safety. 

Topics that the student will cover include critical thinking and research methodology in occupational safety, occupational ergonomics, fire protection, prevention, and emergency management, loss prevention and workers’ compensation, applied safety management, and systems safety and risk analysis. Before completing the program, students will either choose a practicum option to demonstrate practical application of learned concepts,  or they will choose a thesis option to demonstrate a mastery of materials covered in the program.


Requires 36 credits for completion. Students with necessary prerequisites may be receive credit for up to two courses.

  • Must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body
  • Overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work
  • GRE scores (waived for applicants holding board certifications such as CSP, CIH, CPE, or PE)
  • Statement of Legal Residence
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Official copies of all transcripts
  • Three letters of reference

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)


Not all programs may be approved in every state. Students should check for state authorization prior to enrollment.