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

Feb 05, 2020

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,, (509) 963-1756

Longtime ASSP Puget Sound Chapter member, Steve Conkle, receives the coveted safety person of the year (SPY) award for Region 1 at Safety 2019.

Jun 17, 2019

ASSP Puget Sound Chapter receives the prestigious Platinum Chapter award at Safety 2019 in New Orleans – Award received by chapter delegates, left to right, Scott Streuli and Chip McKenna

Jun 17, 2019

CWU Launches Master of Science in Safety and Health Management (MS-SHM)

Mar 12, 2019

Central Washington University (CWU) is very excited to share that we have added a graduate degree to our program. If you are interested in furthering your education please consider our new, fully online Master of Science in Safety and Health Management (MS-SHM) degree at Central Washington University. Also, please kindly help us spread the word about the degree within your network.

Some important details about the MS-SHM degree:

  • For career-driven EHS professionals with 4+ years of full-time work experience in EHS or a closely related field
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Designed for working professionals – students take 1-2 online courses per quarter for 7 quarters in a cohort system
  • Involves an applied project experience rather than a master’s thesis
  • Can be completed in two years and one summer
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Priority applications accepted until April 1, 2019 for coursework beginning in Fall 2019.
  • Coursework incudes advanced safety management, EHS analytics, risk management, sustainability and stewardship, crisis management, and advanced industrial hygiene


For more information, please visit our website and review our handbook. If you have questions not answered by the website or handbook, please call (509-963-1740) or email our graduate coordinator who developed this excellent degree, Morgan Bliss (

Morgan Bliss, MS CIH CSP

Assistant Professor, Safety and Health Management

Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction


Sathy Rajendran PhD, CSP, ARM, LEED-AP

Chair, Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction Department, Associate Professor

Director of Safety and Health Management Program, Central Washington University

Ph: 509 963 1152



ASSP’s Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty Publishes Silica Resource Guide

Sep 28, 2018

ASSP’s Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty has developed a resource guide for contractors that pulls together frequently asked questions about complying with OSHA’s silica standard. The guide addresses issues such as air sampling, the use and sources of objective data, medical surveillance, respirator use and exposure control plans. It also contains links to a wide range of resources that provide detailed information, including OSHA documents, voluntary national consensus standards and tools created by key stakeholder organizations.