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Occupational Safety, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Course materials of the Occupational Safety program of Eastern Kentucky University cover everything from OSHA inspections and employee training to workers compensation and auditing. 

Course topics include:

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Construction Safety
  • Legal Aspects of Fire and Safety
  • Safety and Health Program Managemen

Who Would be Interested in Occupational Safety?

Students with an interest in:
  • Ensuring employees work in a safe environment
  • Managing the safety/risk management/environmental health functions in an industrial or manufacturing setting

Why Occupational Safety?

Degree Benefits
  • Safety specialists and managers are in demand nationwide.
  • The national average starting salary for Occupational Safety and Health Professionals is $63,230, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Course topics cover everything from OSHA and construction safety to industrial safety and hazardous materials.
  • Students that complete this degree are well-rounded and marketable for a variety of careers within the health and safety fields.
  • Graduates are qualified for the Institute of Safety and Health Management's Associate Safety Health Manager (ASHM) designation.
  • The program is currently pursuing ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology) accreditation.
  • The degree also fulfills requirements for a minor in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology.
Learn from the Best
  • Faculty members are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, research and dedication to the safety fields.
  • Most importantly, the professors in this program are especially dedicated to student success and are involved in every aspect of health and safety.
Independent Study and Internship Opportunities
  • All students in the Occupational Safety program are encouraged to complete a Co-Op as part of the program.
  • Students can choose to work with a professor through an Independent Study, which allows them to pursue specific topics of interest.

Career Opportunities

Careers examples:
  • Construction Site Safety Manager
  • OSHA Trainer
  • Plant Safety Manager
  • Safety Technician
  • Industrial Safety Coordinator
  • Environmental Health and Safety Officer
  • Corporate Safety Director

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Amazon
  • Dupont
  • Marathon
  • Aramco
  • Corning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Safety Studies
  • Applied Fire and Safety Analysis
  • Legal Aspects of Fire Protection and Safety
  • Principles of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Principles of Occupational Safety and Health Legislation
  • Hazardous Materials

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit an online application for the term (Fall, Spring or Summer) you would like to begin.
  • Pay the required $35.00 USD application processing fee.
  • Submit a copy of your passport information page proving a valid passport.
  • Submit complete secondary school records reflecting a cumulative grade of 75% (2.5 GPA equivalent) or higher. 
  • Submit an official copy of High School Diploma or Graduation Certificate.
  • Provide a declaration of finances showing an account balance of no less than $34,745 USD in the form of a bank statement with a letter of authorization from the account holder.
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19338 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9669 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    19338 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9669 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9266 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4633 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Richmond

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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