Indiana State Online

Occupational Safety Management M.S./M.A.


Indiana State University offers the master of science (M.S.) and the master of arts (M.A.) in occupational safety management to students who are interested in advancing their careers or education in business or industrial safety management.

  • This is a 33-credit-hour (minimum) master's program.
  • A full calendar year is the minimum time for completion; however, realistically one should plan for two years of study. The degree is to be achieved in no more than seven years (exceptions only granted in accordance with College of Graduate and Professional Studies policy).
  • A field research project is required for an M.S. and a master's thesis for the M.A.

Graduates of this program are qualified to be specialists who have the expertise to:

  • Evaluate and control chemical, physical, and biological hazards in business and industrial environments
  • Analyze individual and group safety policies and performances
  • Advise organizations of safety and health hazards and appropriate corrective action to address identified hazards
  • Promote occupational safety through routine inspection, assessment, and control
  • Provide effective training for organizations to individuals in the role of supervisor/manager in Health and Safety

Required Courses:

All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.

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Admission Requirements:

This program is open to in-state and many out-of-state students. This program is closed to all students residing abroad (including international students) except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Applicants must meet at least one of the following to satisfy the minimum requirements:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree in a safety management related field
  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by a regionally accredited institution with at least one semester of college-level chemistry and at least one semester of college algebra, trigonometry, or calculus; and
    • Have completed two years of professional work experience within the field (as approved by the department); or
    • Hold personal proficiency recognition via certification


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Occupational Safety Management Program is accredited by The Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Application Instructions:

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit as an attachment during the online application process a Statement of Interest describing academic and/or employment experience as well as the reasons for pursuing the master's degree.
  3. Submit as an attachment during the online application process a current 1- to 2-page resume.
  4. Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) or $65.00 (international students) payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
  5. Request each college previously attended to submit your official transcripts to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809. E transcripts should be sent to
  6. International applicants must request ETS to submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809. Or, provide equivalent evidence of language proficiency.

Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to online registration, University records, and other important University services, including e-mail, and University announcements.

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended ISU for more than two calendar years.


Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure admission. Applications received after these deadlines will be accepted and every attempt made to ensure consideration for the desired semester or term.

  • Fall semester: June 1
  • Spring semester: November 1
  • Summer session: April 1

Fees & Expenses:

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Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information:

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.