Learn to Create Safer, Healthier Workplaces
Earn your Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from University of Houston-Clear Lake and learn to design, evaluate and implement methods, policies and controls that promote safer indoor and outdoor workplace environments. For your convenience, you can complete the degree entirely in person or online. With rigorous coursework and activities in simulated settings, you will learn how to anticipate, identify and avert hazards in real-life situations, including physical, chemical and biological hazards. Choose from two specialization options to narrow your focus:
These degree options are approved by the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM), which certifies health and safety professionals. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue further academic training in occupational health and safety towards a doctorate. You may also prepare for professional certification examinations in industrial hygiene and/or safety.
Land a Lucrative Career and Meet a Regional Need
UHCL's Occupational Safety and Health M.S. focuses on the applied STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) sciences, and will equip you for careers in the government and private occupational health and safety sectors. Many of these careers have a median salary of over $75,000. Businesses along the Gulf Coast are the primary employers of health and safety professionals in the nation, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Texas Workforce Commission indicates a 20 percent growth in jobs in the region. Equipped with the knowledge and experience you'll receive with this degree at UHCL, your professional options include:
- Health and safety coordinator or director.
- Industrial hygienist.
- Safety engineer.
UHCL’s College of Science and Engineering has created a solid foundation of study designed to help you make your educational dreams a reality. Explore the classes you’ll need to take for your University of Houston-Clear Lake degree.
- Environmental Science M.S.
Standard Graduate Admission Deadline
ApplicationA standard university application is required.
- 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
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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
Spring 2019Final - January 22
Summer 2019New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
Former UHCL Students - May 28
Fall 2019New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
Former UHCL Students - August 12
Spring 2020New 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
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
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.
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Accreditations and Distinctions
UHCL is one of only 10 U.S. universities with computing programs accredited under three different curriculum guidelines of ABET. The College of Science and Engineering’s undergraduate degree program in computer engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, while its computer science and computer information systems undergraduate programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate environmental science sub-plans for safety and industrial hygiene are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Our chemistry degree program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.