Central Washington University Master of Science in Safety and Health Management (MS-SHM)

The Master of Science in Safety and Health Management (MS-SHM) program at Central will prepare you with executive-level skills and knowledge to administer and assess OHS programs in a variety of industries. Our students are career-driven OHS professionals with at least four years of full-time work experience in safety, industrial hygiene, or environmental management.

According to the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, the salary of mid-career OHS professionals with a master’s degree can range from $70,900 to $133,000 with a median salary of $98,000 per year.

This fully online graduate program recognizes the time constraints of a full-time career and is designed for the working OHS professional.

Leading the Profession OHS practice is moving away from a prescriptive, compliance-focused approach and embracing a proactive, risk-focused approach. Mid-level OHS professionals are often asked to demonstrate the value and effectiveness of proactive safety initiatives to senior managers. Additionally, OHS professionals are increasingly involved in change management and considering the wider context of OHS issues on business processes.

According to the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), a master of science degree is a desirable attribute for director, senior management, and executive suite positions in occupational and environmental health and safety. OHS professionals with a master’s degree are the future leaders of the safety profession.

The Program The MS-SHM is a fully online, two-year graduate degree program developed for experienced OHS professionals. Students will take up to two courses per quarter in a cohort model. All admitted students begin the program during fall quarter of every year, participate in all required courses together, and complete the degree as a group.

The MS-SHM program focuses on the advanced technical, risk management, ethical leadership, and organizational skills and knowledge needed to interpret, develop, direct, and provide oversight for corporate OHS programs. The goal of the MS-SHM program is to provide students with assessment, analytical, and administrative tools and skills needed to advise management about OHS issues in the workplace.

Online Learning for the Working Professional Your graduate education will take place entirely online, with no required in-person laboratories or campus visits. We use modern instructional tools and technologies to engage you in online discussions, complete real-world projects, and perform research applicable to your current work environment. Each MS-SHM cohort begins with a preparatory online course that explains available resources, programs, research and case study formats, degree planning, and study strategies for online courses. Instead of a master’s thesis, the MS-SHM involves an applied project experience that integrates the principles, theories, and concepts of your career concentration.

Required MS-SHM Core Courses: 45 Credits (12 courses) 

• SHM 501–Safety Sciences (4)

• SHM 502–SHM Graduate Resources (1)

• SHM 554–Risk Management Principles and Practices (4)

• SHM 571–Crisis Management and Continuity of Operations (4)

• SHM 574–Advanced Safety Management (4)

• SHM 575–EHS Administration and Ethics (4)

• SHM 576–EHS Program Management (4)

• SHM 578–EHS Analytics (4)

• SHM 579–EHS Sustainability and Stewardship (4)

• SHM 581–Advanced Industrial Hygiene (4)

• SHM 582–EHS Research Methods (5)

• SHM 700–Master’s Thesis, Project Study and/or Examination (3)

MS Degree Program Total Credits: 45 

We welcome both domestic and international students. Please contact our program faculty about the MS-SHM application requirements.

Morgan Bliss, MS, CIH, CSP, Morgan.Bliss@cwu.edu, (509) 963-1756