Program Overview

Oakland University offers an online Master of Science in Safety Management which focuses on the business aspects of safety in the workplace and combines core MBA coursework with an application of these skills toward safety-related case studies in risk assessment, loss control, risk management, safety program planning, administration, and management.  This degree was developed through a cooperative effort between the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business Administration.  The program is designed to benefit college graduates and in-service safety professionals who wish to further their academic and professional training.

Oakland University’s online programs combine traditional education with new, innovative technologies that allow for students to complete all or most of their degree through computer coursework.  Online courses share many of the common features of traditional classes such as a teacher, peers, a syllabus, reading material, course activities, and evaluations.  The difference is that most participation occurs online rather than having face-to-face discussions in a classroom, so, for instance, students would discuss material on a threaded discussion board, or as part of a chat room.  Not all programs are completely online, so applicants should choose their degree programs appropriately.  Some students may appreciate a flexible blend of online and on-campus courses.  Online courses are usually synchronous in format (meaning that course work follows the same schedule as on-campus class equivalents and assignments are due on the same dates).

The MS in Safety Management is a 32 credit hour program.  School of Health Sciences courses include: Introduction to Research, Advanced Safety and Health Administration, Risk Assessment and Loss Control, Applied System Safety Analysis, and a Capstone course.  School of Business Administration classes are: Statistical Analysis for Managers, Financial Accounting, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and the Legal Environment of Business.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in occupational safety and health of a related field of study from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above. Two years of safety-related work experience is strongly recommended. Ap

    School Overview

    Oakland University was founded in 1957 when Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband Alfred Wilson donated their 1,500-acre estate to Michigan State University. In 1959, what is now Oakland University opened under the name Michigan State University-Oakland. When it first opened there were only 570 students and the campus was comprised of just three buildings. In 1963, Michigan State University-Oakland was renamed Oakland University. Today it remains the only major public research university located in Oakland County, Michigan. Part of the mission of OU is “...In all its activities, Oakland University strives to exemplify educational leadership in a diverse and inclusive environment."

    Students enrolled at Oakland University have the choice of choosing a major in one of six different schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Education and Human Services
    • School of Engineering and Computer Science
    • School of Health Science
    • School of Nursing

    To accommodate the busy lives of many of the students at Oakland University, there are a slew of online courses and many bachelor's and master's programs that can be completed entirely online. There are also numerous certificates that can be completed online and other degrees that can be completed partially online.


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