Environmental Science M.S. with a Specialization in Safety

Prevent Workplace Hazards with a Rewarding, In-Demand Career

University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Environmental Science M.S. with a Specialization in Safety is a springboard to leadership in organizations addressing critical policy and occupational issues facing our global society. Courses emphasize safety applications and workplace health, which will prepare you to recognize, evaluate and prevent workplace dangers, or to control them if they occur.

Your degree will put you on the path to success with a wide range of job prospects. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that job openings for occupational health and safety specialists will grow by 8 percent by 2026. In addition, Texas has the second-highest number of job opportunities for safety specialists in the country, so you can be confident in the number of career options you will have after graduation. UHCL graduates have interned and/or occupy coveted roles with globally recognized companies like BP, Honda and Jacobs Engineering, among many others. The degree is board approved by the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) and prepares graduates to seek board certification as a Certified Safety and Health Manager.

Gain Real-World Experience with UHCL’s Highly Trained Professors

You will be taught by highly skilled professors with extensive professional backgrounds in occupational safety and health and the environmental sciences. They are professionally certified in their field, and well-equipped to address students’ needs. UHCL also offers a variety of research experiences as well as additional opportunities to develop and network through UHCL’s Society of Industrial Hygiene and Safety Professionals (SIHSP).

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Admission Requirements

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  • Environmental Science M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on the applicant's last 60 hours of college credit is preferred, but a somewhat lower GPA may be accepted by some faculty committees, if the other criteria are favorable.
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (150 Quantitative)
    • A personal statement outlining academic background, academic and career goals, and declaration of a specialization under the Environmental Science degree plan. Two letters of recommendation are suggested, but not required.
    • Additional Requirements – At least 34 undergraduate credit hours of natural science courses and 6 undergraduate credit hours of math courses prior to admission


Degree Requirements

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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

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2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-212-1611

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Accreditations and Distinctions

The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) officially recognizes the degree programs for Environmental Science–Industrial Hygiene B.S., Environmental Science–Safety B.S., Environmental Science-Industrial Hygiene M.S., Environmental Science-Safety M.S., and Environmental Science Occupational Health and Safety Online M.S. as meeting the requirements for Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) Designation.


Environmental Science M.S. with a Specialization in Safety 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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