Safety Management

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:32364 Duration:48 months

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The B.S. in Safety Management is designed to assure development of competencies which enable innovative approaches in the establishment and direction of comprehensive safety programs in educational, governmental, private business and industrial enterprises. Safety Management involves protecting and preserving people, property, productivity and the environment. The curriculum fosters an education that enables students to become responsible, knowledgeable and accountable safety professionals. The major is based on Safety Management concepts with technical elements incorporated throughout the curriculum. The Safety Management major at Slippery Rock University is an Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) Board approved degree program.

GPA policy

  • All Post-Bac, Transfer, Readmit, and change of major students must have an overall GPA of 2.5 before being admitted to the Safety Management Major.
  • Once admitted to the Safety Management major, all students must maintain the current overall GPA of 2.25 and a Major GPA of 2.25, in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Safety Management. It is solely the students’ responsibility to monitor and meet this requirement.

Post Grad Certification

The B.S. in Safety Management degree is approved by the Institute for Safety and Health Management. Such recognition permits Slippery Rock University’s Safety Management graduates to apply for the Associate Safety and Health Manager’s (ASHM) designation. With two additional years of work experience, the graduate can seek the Certified Safety and Health Manager’s (CSHM) designation. Individuals graduating from non-recognized programs must work five years before applying for certification. The Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) is accredited by the Council on Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared for entry-to-mid-level administrative, managerial, and supervisory positions in the field of safety. Other options include: health care, insurance, manufacturing, chemical, consulting, higher education and government agencies. Additional options and positions include: risk control manager, safety consultant, safety coordinator, safety account manager, assistant safety representative, loss control representative, health and safety scientist, safety and environmental manager, safety engineer, regional safety coordinator, senior environmental engineer, corporate health and safety officer, regulatory compliance coordinator, and safety and health compliance officer.

Internship Program

The internship offers students the opportunity to obtain firsthand experience in the work place. Students are provided the opportunity to apply concepts and techniques learned in the classroom to the workplace environment. The internship program is administered in cooperation with a variety of organizations, including government, industry, insurance, health care and other related enterprises, The 12-week, 12-credit internship is offered only during the summer term, with the majority of interns receiving compensation.

Student Organizations

All students accepted into the safety management major are encouraged to be student members of both the American Society of Safety Engineers and the student section of ASSE at Slippery Rock University. Students are also encouraged to attend meetings, conferences, seminars, and workshops as part of their professional educational growth.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Requirements for the Major - Credits: 69

Required Professional Courses - Credits: 54

  • SAFE 118 - Introduction to Safety Credits: 3
  • SAFE 218 - Hazard Analysis and Legislative Compliance Credits: 3
  • SAFE 318 - Principles of Industrial Hygiene Credits: 3
  • SAFE 319 - Principles of Industrial Hygiene II Credits: 3
  • SAFE 328 - Comprehensive Emergency Management and Fire Services Credits: 3
  • SAFE 338 - Ergonomics and Human Factors Credits: 3
  • SAFE 348 - Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Credits: 3
  • SAFE 358 - Construction Safety Credits: 3
  • SAFE 368 - Injury and Damage Incidents Evaluation Credits: 3
  • SAFE 408 - Contemporary Safety Topics and Issues Credits: 3
  • SAFE 418 - Security in the Workplace Credits: 3
  • SAFE 428 - Motor Transportation Fleet Safety Credits: 3
  • SAFE 448 - Management and Integration of Safety Credits: 3
  • SAFE 488 - Safety Training and Development Credits: 3
  • SAFE 450 - Internship Credits: Up to 12

Required Support Courses - Credits: 15

Science and Mathematics courses may also be used in your Liberal Studies requirements.

  • CHEM 104 - Introduction Chemistry I Credits: 3


  • CHEM 107 - General Chemistry I Credits: 3
  • CHEM 106 - Introductory Chemistry II Credits: 3


  • CHEM 108 - General Chemistry II Credits: 3
  • MATH 152 - Elementary Statistics I Credits: 3
  • MGMT 351 - Organizational Behavior Credits: 3
  • MGMT 354 - Human Resources Management Credits: 3

Internship Requirement / Policy

Each student is required to successfully complete a 12 credit (SAFE450), 480 hour internship in order to graduate with a BS in Safety Management. It is the student’s responsibility to secure an internship site. Internship requirements are available from the Department of Safety Management. The internship will only be waived if a student prior to entering the Safety Major at Slippery Rock University has held a professional full-time position in the field of Safety (documentation required) or has a military commitment (documentation required). An Internship Resource Manual is available listing sites where students have completed Safety Internships in the past. Potential Internship employers also conduct interviews on campus. If a student fails to secure and complete an internship, they must change their major. The major that will assist the student who does not complete an internship in graduating is a BS in Professional Studies.


Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

  • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable

  • SAT or ACT Scores

  • $30.00 application fee

WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.
Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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