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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Safety and Health, M.S.


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The graduate plan in Occupational Safety and Health leads to the master of science (M.S.) degree. The plan seeks, through an interdisciplinary and applied science approach, to prepare students for opportunities in government and the private sector. Graduates of the plan will also be prepared to pursue further academic training in occupational safety and industrial hygiene. Students must specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational Safety and Health (Online)
  • Process Safety Management
  • Safety

All graduate students are required to produce a major paper and present a public seminar. Prior to enrolling in OSHE 5530 , students must have a faculty adviser and an approved research topic. Following completion of OSHE 5530 , the student will be advised into OSHE 6731  (seminar) or OSHE 6838  (research project) or OSHE 6939  (thesis).

Students pursuing the seminar or research project options may be advised to complete hours in independent study or internship in addition to OSHE 6731  or OSHE 6838 . Before enrolling in thesis, students must have a faculty thesis adviser and an approved research proposal.

Degree Requirements

Occupational Safety and Health Basic Requirements

Students seeking a master’s degree must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college and foundation course work preparation appropriate to the major. Candidates should have a “B” average (GPA) 3.0 on the last 60 hours of credit. All students applying for the graduate program are required to provide GRE scores, however, exceptions are provided. The college’s admissions committee will evaluate GRE scores according to the requirements below.

GRE Requirements for Admission:

  • Recommended GRE Quantitative ≥ 150 and GRE Total ≥ 290
  • GRE requirement will be waived if at least one of the following conditions is met:
    • The applicant has a GPA of 3.5 or above.
    • The applicant received his/her baccalaureate degree from an ABET# accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    • The applicant has a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least two years of full-time professional experience in occupational safety and health or a related field. (A resume and one recommendation letter from a supervisor or an employment verification letter is needed to verify the work experience).
    • The applicant has another master’s degree or doctorate from a regionally accredited university.

The current university policy applies to admissions for international students requiring proof of English language proficiency.

Students are encouraged to submit a written statement to the College of Science and Engineering Academic Advising Office (cseadvising@uhcl.edu) specifying their educational goals and objectives as well as their intended area of specialization, i.e., Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health (Online), Process Safety Management or Safety. Applicants are also encouraged to submit letter(s) of recommendation as supporting documents.

Required Foundation Courses

Required foundation courses for admission into the program do not count toward the degree. The following foundation courses must be completed prior to admission into the graduate plan:

  • College Algebra or Pre-Calculus
  • General Chemistry I and II with labs
  • General Physics I and II with labs

The following foundation course must be completed prior to or within the first year of study:

  • Organic Chemistry I

The master’s degree requires completion of a minimum of 36 hours.

Occupational Safety and Health Thesis Option (36 hours)


Designated electives 24 hours (maximum of 6 hours of 4000-level credit) and6 hours of thesis. Online students are not eligible for the thesis option.

Additional Information


  • Students select between OSHE 5135  or STAT 5135 
  • Specialization electives are selected in consultation with the faculty adviser.

Occupational Safety and Health Capstone Option (36 hours)


Designated electives 27 hours (maximum of 6 hours of 4000-level credit)

Additional Information


  • Students select between OSHE 5135  or STAT 5135  or EDUC 6032  (for online students)
  • In consultation with faculty adviser, students select between OSHE 6731  or OSHE 6838 .
  • Specialization electives are selected in consultation with the faculty adviser.

Occupational Safety and Health Specializations


Additional Information


  • The following courses are required for the specialization: ENSC 5332  and OSHE 5131 , OSHE 5233 , OSHE 5234 , and OSHE 5335 .
  • OSHE 6242  is a required course, if not previously taken or covered in an undergraduate degree program (e.g., OSHE 4422 is an equivalent course, but cannot be applied towards the degree).
  • The following courses are recommended, if not previously taken in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, OSHE 4411 , OSHE 4413  or OSHE 6135 .
  • Courses must be approved in advance by the faculty adviser.
  • A maximum of 3 hours of environmental management (ENVR) or environmental science (ENSC) courses may be included.

Additional Information


  • The following courses are required for the specialization: CHEM 5535 , ENSC 5332  and OSHE 5131 , OSHE 5233 , OSHE 5333 , OSHE 5334 , and OSHE 5336 .
  • The following courses are required, if not previously taken and covered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program: OSHE 4316  and OSHE 6333  (or equivalent OSHE 4333 ).
  • Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty adviser. Other online electives may be taken after approval of faculty adviser.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of environmental management (ENVR) courses may be included.

Additional Information


  • The following seven courses are required for the specialization: OSHE 4334 , OSHE 4335 , OSHE 5234 , OSHE 5235 ,OSHE 5236 , OSHE 5333  and OSHE 6332 .
  • Additional elective courses must be approved in advance by the faculty adviser from the list of electives.
  • A maximum of six hours of environmental management (ENVR) courses may be included.

Additional Information


  • The following courses are required for the specialization: OSHE 5131 , OSHE 5233 , OSHE 5234 , OSHE 5334 , OSHE 5335  and OSHE 6332 .
  • The following courses are recommended, if not previously taken and covered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program: OSHE 4316 , OSHE 5235  and OSHE 6333  (or equivalent OSHE 4333 ).
  • Courses must be approved in advance by the faculty adviser.
  • A maximum of six hours of environmental management (ENVR) courses may be included.

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