Master of Environmental Health and Safety


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Within six months of graduation, 95% of our students find jobs in this field.

Master of Environmental Health and Safety (MEHS) students test ear plug effectiveness as part of a team project.

Our Program

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Environmental Health & Safety professionals are in high demand and we offer a multi-faceted program that provides new career options and the opportunity to become a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Our faculty and staff are passionate about their work and come from a wide variety of backgrounds so they can best prepare students for this career path.

Graduates of our MEHS program:

  • Anticipate, recognize, evaluate and develop control strategies for hazardous conditions and work practices
  • Demonstrate the application of business and risk management concepts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects of safety, industrial hygiene, environmental science, fire science, hazardous materials, emergency management, ergonomics and/or human factors
  • Design and evaluate safety, health and/or environmental programs
  • Apply adult learning theory to safety training methodology
  • Identify and apply applicable standards, regulations and codes
  • Conduct accident investigations and analyses
  • Apply principles of safety and health in a non-academic setting through an intern, cooperative or supervised experience

Become a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP)

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BSCP) recognizes this MEHS program as a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) Qualified Academic Program (QAP).

This means that, based on a review of our core curriculum, an MEHS degree is considered equivalent to passing the ASP9 exam. Graduates who wish to earn their CSP certification, therefore, will not have to take the initial ASP9 certification exam and can apply immediately to the BCSP for their GSP designation, which is similar to the ASP (Associate Safety Professional).

Any alumnus who started the program August 1, 2010 or later and who has not already earned their ASP is eligible. If you are interested, you can download the application instructions

Benefits of Becoming a GSP

  • Recognition for being in a path toward the CSP certification
  • Recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice
  • No application fee
  • A waiver of the ASP examination requirement for CSP eligibility
  • A certificate awarding the GSP designation

Students graduating during a current QAP’s accreditation period (ABET/AABI programs) or curriculum period (non-ABET/AABI programs) may be eligible for the GSP designation. To apply for the GSP designation, students should complete an application which can be found at www.bcsp.org/gsp and have their school send an official conferred transcript to BCSP.

All GSPs pay an annual renewal fee to maintain their designation. Once a GSP meets the requirements for the CSP certification they may submit their CSP application on line at www.bcsp.org. GSPs must apply for and pass the CSP examination within ten (10) years of the date the GSP is awarded. If a student lets their GSP expire, they will be required to apply for and pass the ASP examination before applying for the CSP.