Earn a degree in this high-demand field with excellent employment and salary opportunities. The safety profession focuses on keeping people safe while also preventing harm to property and the environment. You will gain hands-on experience with current laboratory and field technology, paid internships, participation in premier conferences, and applied projects. The highly specialized industrial hygiene degree provides an excellent advanced career path.
The Industrial Hygiene program at UCM is the only ANSAC/ABET accredited MS industrial hygiene program in Missouri, and it is one of fewer than 30 master's level programs in the U.S. accredited under ABET’s industrial hygiene program criteria.
Earn your GSP designation
All Industrial Hygiene majors are awarded the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation upon application at graduation. A GSP is an alternate path toward the professional certification of Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Only students who graduate from a Qualified Academic Program meeting the standards of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals are eligible for the GSP designation, making it highly respected.
UCM and the Safety Sciences programs have excellent placement rates. Our students are extremely competitive in the job market and have earned excellent starting salaries.
What are the admissions requirements?
Students are admitted into one of two Areas based upon their education and professional certification at the time of application. Once admitted into an Area, students may not change Areas without applying for a change of degree program through the Graduate School and obtaining approval from the Safety Sciences faculty.
All students seeking admission to the Industrial Hygiene program must have:
- A bachelor's degree from a Regionally Accredited University with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Coursework that includes one semester of each of the following subjects with a grade of C or better: organic chemistry, mammalian or human physiology, biology
- Completed the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Additional requirements by Area are as follows:
Professional Certification Area
Admission into this Area requires current possession of any of the following designations or certifications in good standing: Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
- One semester of each of the following subjects with a grade of C or better: chemistry and physics (one must have a lab), college algebra or higher level math, and statistics
- Applicant must submit an essay of at least 1100 words that demonstrates writing skills. The essay should describe work experiences, explain why the applicant is seeking the MS IH, and how the degree relates to future career goals. No exemptions will be allowed.
- Students must complete all admissions requirements, as well as SAFE 4140, SAFE 4425 or SAFE 4435, and SAFE 5000, before they may enroll in any additional required courses.
The department will consider applicants that do not meet all of the above criteria on a case by case basis.
How do I apply?
Complete your application and be sure to provide the School of Graduate & Extended Studies with official transcripts.
Those transcripts can be sent to:
- University of Central Missouri
School of Graduate & Extended Studies
Ward Edwards Room 1800
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Program Student Outcomes
At the time of graduation, the student with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene will be able to:
- Apply basic skills in developing sampling strategy, sampling methods, and use of control measures.
- Design a hygiene program that mitigates chemical, biological, and physical hazards.
- Collect, analyze, and interpret data using qualitative and quantitative methods of hazard assessment.
- Identify and evaluate agents and stressors in occupational and non-occupational settings.
- Apply techniques using instrumentation to discover/identify hazards; prioritizing and implementing strategies to control or minimize the risks of exposure.
- Evaluate the most appropriate level of protection that considers the degree of hazard, concentration of chemical, and nature of the toxicity.
Program Educational Objectives
The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally, both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrate knowledge of professional integrity and ethical standards.
- Recognize the importance of contemporary global and societal issues as they relate to the practice of occupational safety and health.
- Develop, coordinate, and/or participate on multidisciplinary teams to protect people, property, and the environment.
- Recognize the importance of life-long learning for the purpose of enhancing discipline-specific technical competencies and effectiveness.
- Identify and evaluate agents, stressors, and work practices that impact occupational and non-occupational settings.
- Collect and analyze data using valid scientific qualitative and quantitative methods and procedures.
- Recommend and evaluate hazard mitigation strategies.