Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the Murray State University admission requirements (see Graduate Admissions). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows:

UNCONDITIONAL

Unconditional Admission status is granted only to students who graduate from Murray State University with a baccalaureate degree in occupational safety and health and with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
All other students regardless of GPA, field of study, and GRE results are admitted to the program with Conditional Admission status. To move into Unconditional status, the student must meet the university requirement of obtaining a 3.00 in the first nine hours of graduate work and additional criteria set forth by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional Admission status is granted to students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher, regardless of undergraduate baccalaureate degree field or major. To change to Unconditional status, the student must meet the university requirement of obtaining a 3.00 in the first nine hours of graduate work and additional criteria set forth by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

UNDERGRADUATE PREREQUISITES [21 CREDIT HOURS]

Students admitted must complete coursework in addition to the above GPA requirements. The following courses are the minimum accepted requirements for pursuing a master’s degree in occupational safety and health:

Technical Courses: (course number in parenthesis is corresponding Murray State course number)

  • Biological Concepts (BIO 101)
  • Introductory Chemistry (CHE 105)
  • Algebra & Trigonometry (MAT 130 or MAT 140&145 or 150 or 230)
  • Physics and Lab (PHY 125/126)
  • Statistics (STA 135/PSY 300)

Occupational Safety & Health Courses:

  • Introduction to OSH (OSH 192)
  • OSHA Standards (OSH 387)
  • Industrial Hygiene (OSH 420)
  • Ergonomics (OSH 353 or 453)
  • Construction Safety (OSH 384)

 

Occupational Safety and Health courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Occupational safety and health work experience, training and certifications may exempt individuals from some occupational safety and health courses. This will be determined by the Department Graduate Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis and will require submission of additional supporting documentation.