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Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

College of Education and Professional Studies

Master of Science in Safety and Health Management

The Master of Science in Safety and Health Management (MS-SHM) program at Central Washington University will prepare you with executive-level skills and knowledge to administer and assess environmental health and safety (EHS) programs. Our students are career-driven EHS professionals with at least four years of full-time work experience in safety, industrial hygiene, environmental management, or a closely related field. This fully online graduate program recognizes the time constraints of a full-time career and is designed for the working EHS professional.
 

When: Next master’s cohort begins Fall 2019
Duration of program: 2 years and 1 summer (45 credits)
Approximate Cost (Tuition and Fees): $16,000 for Washington residents

 

Cohort System:

Students attend this program as a cohort, beginning in fall quarter their first year and continuing in the scheduled courses over seven quarters. The cohort format contributes to a feeling of support and collaborative relationships that continue beyond completion of the online program. We are currently accepting applications for cohorts on an every-other-year basis (starting Fall 2019, Fall 2021, etc.).


Online Format

The MS-SHM is a fully online program, with no in-person laboratories or required campus visits. We use modern instructional tools to engage you in online discussions, complete real-world projects, and perform research applicable to your current workplace. Each cohort begins with a preparatory online course that explains available resources, programs, research and case study formats, degree planning, time management, and study strategies for online courses.


Applied Project

Instead of a master’s thesis, the MS-SHM involves an applied project experience that integrates the principles, theories, and concepts of your intended career concentration. This applied project is completed during the summer of your second year in the program, after completing all of the required coursework.


Academic Planning

Courses in the MS-SHM are offered in the quarters listed below. Since each cohort of students goes through the courses at the same time, and follows the same schedule, academic planning is relatively simple. Students take two courses per quarter until the spring of their second year, when they develop their pre-proposal for their applied project in SHM 582: EHS Research Methods.

 

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsOffered
SHM 501Safety Sciences4Fall (odd year)
SHM 502SHM Graduate Resources1Fall (odd year)
SHM 574Advanced Safety Management4Winter (even year)
SHM 575EHS Administration and Ethics4Winter (even year)
SHM 576EHS Program Management4Spring (even year)
SHM 578EHS Analytics4Spring (even year)
SHM 554Risk Management Principles and Practices4Fall (even year)
SHM 579EHS Sustainability and Stewardship4Fall (even year)
SHM 581Advanced Industrial Hygiene4Winter (odd year)
SHM 571Crisis Management and Continuity of Operations4Winter (odd year)
SHM 582EHS Research Methods5Spring (odd year)
SHM 700Master's Thesis, Project Study and/or Examination3Summer (odd year)

 

Cost

Based on current (January 2019) tuition and fees, the total cost of the MS-SHM is anticipated to be about $16,000 total for Washington resident graduate students. Non-resident and international graduate students can apply for a waiver through the Financial Aid Office so that they only pay 125% (about $20,000 total) of resident graduate tuition.


Application

Apply directly to the School of Graduate Studies and Research via their website. We do not require students applying to this program to take the GRE or GMAT. Priority applications are accepted until April 1, 2019. There is limited enrollment, so apply early!


Application Checklist:

  • Admission to CWU School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of educational and professional objectives
  • Written verification from applicant employer confirming years of full-time experience in safety, industrial hygiene, or environmental management
  • Earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on your last 90 quarter credits / 60 semester credits
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume or CV


Questions

Please contact Morgan Bliss (Morgan.Bliss@cwu.edu) if you are interested in learning more about this degree program. The SHM Handbook also has detailed information about the program, courses, expectations, and time commitment.

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