B.S. Application for Admission
Application for Admission to the Undergraduate Occupational Safety and Health Program
Students may declare OSH as their area of choice at any point; however, students must be formally admitted into the OSH program before they can enroll in restricted OSH courses. Beginning with the fall 2014 academic year, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health categorized OSH undergraduate courses into two categories: restricted and unrestricted.
Unrestricted OSH Courses
Unrestricted courses do not require a departmental application. Students may enroll in OSH courses specified as “unrestricted” before applying for admission to OSH.
Unrestricted OSH courses are: OSH 100T, 101, 192, 299, 310, 311, 320, 371, 384, 387, and 488.
Restricted OSH Courses
Restricted courses are limited to students who have applied and gained admission to the OSH program starting with the 2014-2015 academic program. Students seeking to enroll in restricted OSH courses must complete the online “Application Form for Admission to the Undergraduate Occupational Safety and Health Program” in the semester prior to planned enrollment in restricted courses.
Restricted OSH courses are: OSH 353, 420, 425, 445, 450, 452, 453, 499, 511, 523, 527, 536, 546, 550, 571, 578, and 591.
Please read the requirements for admission to the undergraduate OSH program outlined below. An application should be submitted online only after meeting the admission requirements.
OSH Admission Requirements
To apply for formal admission to the OSH program, a student is required to:
1. have completed at least 30 credit hours of coursework that can be directly applied to an OSH degree with a minimum GPA of 2.50. Typically applicable courses are OSH University Studies requirements, required core courses, non-restricted OSH classes at the 100-, 200- and 300-levels, and OSH Technical Electives;
2. have no grade less than a C* in all attempted OSH courses; i.e., all OSH grades are A, B, C and pass; unacceptable grades include D, E, I, AU, W, and fail;
3. submit a completed online admission application;
4. be successfully reviewed by the OSH program undergraduate committee; and
5. apply by February 1 for summer/fall enrollment or by September 1 for spring enrollment.
Admission is competitive and based on available space in the OSH program. Admission is subject to application and careful evaluation by an OSH Undergraduate Committee consisting of at least three OSH faculty members. Applicants are asked to review the multi-criteria selection process used by the committee to have a full understanding of how applicants are considered for admission to the OSH undergraduate degree program. The multi-criteria selection process can be found at the link below.
Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision through campus email within one month of the respective February 1/September 1 application deadline.
Upon admission, students will be assigned to the program year of the most recent MSU Academic Bulletin. Students must meet all degree requirements* specified by the Academic Bulletin of the year assigned.
*Degree Requirements for the OSH program
All occupational safety and health majors and minors must earn a grade of C or better in all OSH courses. Any OSH course with a grade below a C must be repeated. The maximum number of times a student may enroll in an OSH class is twice; this includes audits and withdrawals after the first week of class. Exceptions would be made only if the student was forced to drop the class due to a life-changing event and not due to performance in the class. If a grade less than C is received in any OSH course for a second time, the course cannot be repeated and the student is dismissed from the program and is not eligible for readmission. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 must be maintained to graduate.