Occupational Safety and Health M.S.

Learn to Create Safer, Healthier Workplaces

Earn your Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from University of Houston-Clear Lake and learn to design, evaluate and implement methods, policies and controls that promote safer indoor and outdoor workplace environments. For your convenience, you can complete the degree entirely in person or online. With rigorous coursework and activities in simulated settings, you will learn how to anticipate, identify and avert hazards in real-life situations, including physical, chemical and biological hazards. Narrow your focus by choosing one four specializations in:

Industrial Hygiene

Involves anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention and control of workplace environmental factors or hazards that may impair health or cause significant discomfort for individuals. Geared more towards assessing and controlling workplace hazards, with hands-on experience.

Occupational Safety and Health (Online)

Focuses on the recognition, evaluation and control of health and safety hazards in the workplace and environment. Geared more towards working professionals seeking to advance their knowledge and career. Broader coverage of occupational and environmental topics.

Process Safety Management

Learn to improve an organization’s safety record through the identification, assessment and management of process safety hazards. Includes process hazard assessment, risk management plans and process safety management principles.

Safety

Focuses on anticipation, identification and evaluation of hazardous conditions and practices. Geared more towards the engineering and physics aspect of safety, ergonomics, human factors, and management of occupational safety and health programs and regulations.

These specialization options are approved by the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM), which certifies health and safety professionals. The Occupational Safety and Health Program specializations in industrial hygiene and/or safety are recognized as a Qualified Academic Program (QAP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), meeting the qualified credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue further academic training in occupational health and safety towards a doctorate. You may also prepare for professional certification examinations in industrial hygiene and/or safety.

Degree Plan

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The above accreditations are for the Safety and Industrial Hygiene specializations.

Land a Lucrative Career and Meet a Regional Need

UHCL's Occupational Safety and Health M.S. focuses on the applied STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) sciences, and will equip you for careers in the government and private occupational health and safety sectors. Many of these careers have a median salary of over $75,000. Businesses along the Gulf Coast are the primary employers of health and safety professionals in the nation, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Texas Workforce Commission indicates a 20 percent growth in jobs in the region. Equipped with the knowledge and experience you'll receive with this degree at UHCL, your professional options include:

  • Health and safety coordinator or director.
  • Industrial hygienist.
  • Safety engineer.

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Admission Requirements

UHCL’s College of Science and Engineering has created a solid foundation of study designed to help you make your educational dreams a reality. Explore the classes you’ll need to take for your University of Houston-Clear Lake degree.


Degree Requirements

UHCL’s College of Science and Engineering has created a solid foundation of study designed to help you make your educational dreams a reality. Explore the classes you’ll need to take for your University of Houston-Clear Lake degree.


Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Spring 2019
    Final - January 22
  • Summer 2019
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Former UHCL Students - May 28
  • Fall 2019
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Former UHCL Students - August 12
  • Spring 2020
    New Degree-Seeking Students - December 1
    Former UHCL Students - TBA(Early January 2020)

Please note, some graduate programs have special requirements and different deadlines from those above. For more information visit How to Apply.

Former UHCL Students and non-degree seeking students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information.


  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer*

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 20

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


Locations

  University of Houston-Clear Lake
 

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

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  UHCL Online
 

UHCL Online

Bayou Building, Room 1406
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-212-1611

Make the most of a hectic schedule and study from home or the office through UHCL Online, offering the same level of excellence for more than 20 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.

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Accreditations and Distinctions

UHCL is one of only 10 U.S. universities with computing programs accredited under three different curriculum guidelines of ABET. The College of Science and Engineering’s undergraduate degree program in computer engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, while its computer science and computer information systems undergraduate programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate occupational safety and health sub-plans for safety and industrial hygiene are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Our chemistry degree program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.


Occupational Safety and Health M.S. Faculty

Magdy Akladios
Magdy Akladios

Magdy Akladios

Department Chair of Physical and Applied Sciences and Professor of Occupational Safety and Health with specializations in industrial hygiene or safety ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3744
Email: akladios@uhcl.edu
Office: STEM 2005

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Bob Phalen
Robert Phalen

Robert N. Phalen

Associate Professor of Occupational Safety and Health with specializations in industrial hygiene or safety ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3753
Email: phalen@uhcl.edu
Office: STEM 2208

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