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

Lead the Way in Creating a Safer Workplace.

Earning an online Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management with a concentration in Safety Leadership and Management teaches you to create procedures, boundaries, and processes that safety professionals will use to avoid workplace accidents and maintain productivity. You’ll serve as a “site expert” coordinating with human resources professionals and compliance and safety agencies to protect the interests of your organization, its employees, and programs.

The overarching goal of this program is to prepare our graduates for leadership roles within the corporate structure from entry level to corporate safety director’s position.

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Complete master’s degree in as few as 2 years.

100% Online

Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online coursework.

International Faculty

Nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

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Professional opportunities with internships and career development.

Learn how to turn your OTI hours into 3 credit hours.

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Rankings and Accreditation

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

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

What you can learn

The master’s in safety leadership and management covers the supervising of work-related injuries and illnesses from presentation through workers compensation to return to work. Our safety leadership program addresses many skills and abilities required to perform effectively within the safety function.

Choose EKU online and you can:

  • Gain a strong foundation in industry-leading best practices
  • Learn from a distinguished faculty of safety professionals
  • Translate your newfound knowledge directly to the workplace
  • Earn your degree or certificate from a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Topics of study include:

  • SSEM Administration
  • Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
  • Security Management
  • Legislation & Legal Compliance
  • Safety, Security & Emergency Research/Planning

Additional certificates can be stacked onto your master’s degree with minimal extension of your program.

Eastern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Eastern Kentucky University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Online Courses

SSE 842 Safety Ethics 3 Credits

Addressed are fundamental concepts of ethics and ethical practice for safety professionals. Issues/topics include the central role of ethics, reaching agreement, cheating/free riding and dilemmas faced by the safety professional.

SSE 843 Human Resources & Change Management for Safety Professionals 3 Credits

An analysis of human resource laws and employment issues impacting the safety function, including the ADA, Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Assessment of new/pending legislation and regulations impacting the safety and employment functions.

SSE 815 SSEM Administration 3 Credits

Examination of administrative concepts and principles regarding organizing and managing the functional areas of fire, safety and security. Development of organizational and administrative structure to include policy formulation, goals and objectives, managerial tasks and impact evaluations within an encompassing safety, security and emergency framework.

SSE 833 Legislation & Legal Compliance 3 Credits

Comprehensive study and analysis of federal/state regulations and legislation such as the OSHA, EPA, etc., which mandate compliance with certain safety, health and environmental conditions and practices relating to work performed in occupational, industrial and comparable settings.