Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management Occupational Safety Concentration

A Smarter Workforce is a Safer Workforce.

Earning a master’s in occupational health and safety online with EKU can help you create opportunities while reducing risks in the workplace. Nearly every sector of the U.S. economy relies on dedicated safety professionals to keep workers safe from occupational hazards, natural disasters and unforeseen threats.

Our master’s in safety combines industry-leading best practices with invaluable leadership tutelage from our distinguished faculty of safety professionals. Translate your newfound knowledge directly to the workplace. Prepare to assume greater professional responsibility and protect the well-being of workers in your community.

EKU is a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. This allows graduates of our Master’s program with a concentration in Occupational Safety to apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) credential, which is a necessary requirement for earning a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.

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Graduate in as few as 2 years.

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Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online coursework.

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Nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

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Professional opportunities with internships and career development.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

You can receive credit for up to 6 hours upon completion of 240 hours of OTI training and two topical seminar courses. Learn more about other training that can help you earn master’s credit.

Rankings and Accreditation

Forbes America's Top College 2016 logo

Included among “America’s Top Colleges” for the seventh consecutive year.

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Included in U.S. News & World Report‘s annual listing of top colleges and universities.

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Ranked 9th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.

2018 Military Times - Best For Vets Colleges

Designated as one of America’s most Veteran-Friendly campuses.

What you can learn

The master’s in occupational health and safety program combines an overview of the safety and security industry with an in-depth look at leadership principles in workplace safety.

Choose EKU online and you can:

  • Learn how different work environments (industrial, construction and corporate) operate, and the unique threats, hazards and risks involved with each.
  • Develop safety procedures and emergency response policies within the frame of governmental regulations for health and safety.
  • Boost your credentials with an incorporated graduate level certificate in one of EKU’s five concentration areas while pursing your master’s degree.

Topics of study include:

  • Industrial Safety Management
  • Hazard Control Principles
  • Risk Identification and Countermeasures
  • Construction Safety
  • Regulatory Requirements for Health and Safety
  • Development of Safety Programs
  • Emergency Management
  • Workplace Risk Factors
  • Fire Safety
  • Management Techniques

Additional certificates can be stacked onto your Master degree with minimal extension of your program.

EKU is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).

“EKU has proven that online learning, while challenging, offers a gateway to higher education for the working professional. The MS SSEM degree has added many dimensions to my practical occupational safety and health experiences which will, in the long run, make me a stronger safety and health professional.”

— Jeff Hanson, Owner of Hanson Safety Services LLC, MS SSEM graduate

Online Occupational Safety Courses

SSE 828Industrial Safety Management

Investigation and analysis of hazard control principles relating to the management of personnel, facilities, and equipment, including control procedures, work-task analysis, risk identification and countermeasures, safety training, and pertinent safety management techniques.

OSH 379Construction Safety3 Credits

An in-depth analysis of the federal and Commonwealth of Kentucky’s OSHA requirements for construction safety.

SSE 834Corporate Compliance

The assessment, analysis and development of safety, emergency management, security and environmental compliance programs. This course will address the regulatory requirements and best business practices for each of the compliance areas.

SSE 845Personal/Environmental Hazards

Analysis and investigation of hazard and threat control principles relating to personal and environmental risks within the workplace. Investigation techniques, inspection methodologies, management techniques, and prevention programs essential to the manager within the safety, fire, and security functions are emphasized.