​​​​​​​​Master of Science in Environmental, Safety,​ and Health Management Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Environmental, Safety and Health Management (ESH) requires the minimum completion of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework. All graduate courses are three semester hours except for the capstone project and research methods classes. No more than one course with a grade of “C+” or “C” can be used to meet graduation requirements.

The Master of Science in Environmental, Safety and Health Management (ESH) degree is designed to provide graduates with the necessary skills to make managerial decisions and provide leadership in environmental, safety and occupational health (ESH) careers. The program combines science, engineering, policy, and business concepts to prepare students in five areas:

  1. Business Knowledge: Understand executive, strategic and operational business concepts as they apply to ESH issues;

  2. Analytical Skills: Use quantitative mathematical/statistical methods as well as program-specific computer applications and online tools to assess and interpret data and other information whether it is of laboratory, field, engineering, financial or managerial origin;

  3. Managerial Skills: Apply the leadership, facilitation, negotiation, and coordination techniques that are effectively used to address ESH issues among employees, organizations, communities, and nations;

  4. Technical Knowledge: Solve problems in selected areas of regulatory c​ompliance and enforcement; basic and applied ESH science; engineering controls for risk reduction; behavior- and audit-based hazard management systems; functional ESH and project administrative tasks;

  5. Integrative Skills: Integrate business knowledge, analytical skills, managerial skills, and technical knowledge into effective actions and presentations.

The MSEVM Program offers two separate emphases which will allow students to maximize their credentialing potential and the customizability of their degree. In each emphasis, students will take five core classes, six additional courses specific to their emphasis, and complete a two-course capstone project and report.

The Safety Leadership Emphasis will qualify as a Board of Certified Safety Professionals Qualified Academic Plan (QAP).  Students who graduate from a QAP are automatically eligible for the Graduate Safety Professional designation thus meeting the eligibility requirement of holding a BCSP-qualified credential.  Once students have four years of experience, they may sit for the BCSP's Certified Safety Professional Credential.

The Environmental Health Emphasis provides the most versatility, with a choice of environmental electives, thus retaining the broad appeal of an environmental health program. As EHAC accredited, this program of study is “best practices".

In addition, the degree program is an International Hazardous Materials Manager (IHMM), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) Exam Approved Program.

Environmental, Safety, and Health Management Core Courses
Students are required to complete​ a five-course core curriculum (14 Semester Hours)

ENVM 510Environmental Health and Epidemiology3
ENVM 525
Organizational Theory and Behavior
ENVM 598Research Methods2​
ENVM 625Project Management and Planning3
ENVM 665Risk Management for Managers3

Environmental Health Emphasis
Each student must take six courses from the following:

ENVM 505Applied Emergency Management3
ENVM 520Public Policy and Communication3
ENVM 540Production Operations and Auditing3
ENVM 550OSHA Law and Regulations3
ENVM 560Disaster and Emergency Management3
ENVM 581Solid Waste Management​
ENVM 585Water and Wastewater Treatment3
ENVM 590Air Pollution Control3
ENVM 620International Environmental Policy3
ENVM 650Environmental Law and Permitting
ENVM 655Pollution Prevention Through Sustainable Practices
ENVM 660
​​​​​Business Threat ​Assessment and Continuity

​​​Safety Leadership Emphasis
Students who choose this emphasis are required to complete a six course safety leadership curriculum

ENVM 505

Applied Emergency Management


ENVM 540

Production Operations and Auditing


ENVM 550

OSHA Law and Regulations


ENVM 570

Applied Safety Management


ENVM 583

ESH Quality Systems and Auditing


ENVM 605

Industrial Hygiene Principles and Calculations


Culminating Experience 

All master of science degree in environmental, safety and health management (ESH) students must complete the two following culminating experience options:

ENVM 698

Integrated Project (Capstone Project)


ENVM 699*​

Capstone Integrated Project Report


*This course may be taken a maximum of two times if the student does not achieve a grade of "S" the first time it was taken. If a grade of "U" is received twice, the student will not be allowed to complete the program.