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Master of Environmental Health and Safety

UMD Graduate School

Program Overview

The Master of Environmental Health and Safety (M.E.H.S.) program prepares graduates for professional careers in environmental health and safety encompassing occupational safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, risk management, and environmental health. We strive to provide academic-based knowledge and the technical and practical skills necessary to be a successful EHS professional. The coursework covers a wide range of EHS topics. Students may choose areas in which they would like to explore more in depth. People from all undergraduate backgrounds are invited to apply, with an evening option offered to those considering a career change.

Admission and Application Requirements

For admission into the M.E.H.S. program, students must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Select applicants with a GPA under 3.00 or missing prerequisite coursework may be admitted on a probationary basis.
  2. Take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. International students must complete the TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 79-80.
  4. Submit a completed application, official transcripts indicating completion of a bachelor’s programs and grades, three letters of recommendation, and answers to essay questions on E.H.S.-related scenarios.
  5. Complete the following prerequisite college coursework with a grade of C or better:
    1. Introductory Chemistry with a Lab Component
    2. Introductory Calculus
    3. Introductory Statistic

Preferred applicants will:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering, or in another E.H.S.-related field with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  2. Have work experience related to E.H.S.
  3. Obtain a minimum combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the (GRE) and a 4.0 on the analytical writing section .
  4. Have completed the following college coursework:
    1. introductory physics
    2. human biology/physiology
    3. psychology

Degree Requirements

To successfully complete the M.E.H.S. program, students must finish:

  1. 18 core course credits in the M.E.H.S. program
  2. 9 elective course credits as approved for the M.E.H.S. program
  3. 3 cooperative internship credits, obtained only if an approved Plan B project report is submitted to the program office within 12 months of completing the 27 course credits (unless a formal extension is granted)
  4. A minimum of two semesters for the residency requirement

All coursework must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Deadlines and Dates

The application package must be completed and received by the M.E.H.S. program office no less than one month prior to the term in which the student wishes to enroll. Packages that are completed or received less than one month prior to the start of a term will be reviewed for admission effective the following term. Applicants are also responsible for obtaining information on and following any university-level admission deadlines and requirements.

Financial Aid

The Office Of Financial Aid and Registrar has numerous resources that students in search of financial aid can explore. In addition to grants, loans and other resources, other financial assistance may be available to M.E.H.S. students. Select full-time students electing to pursue their degree over three or more semesters also may be eligible for teaching or research assistantships. Scholarships are available through a variety of professional safety organizations—including the SESHA, ASSE, AGC, and J.J. Keller & Associates. M.E.H.S. students are also eligible to apply for the Voss and the Soleim scholarships. Although less common, some past students have obtained full or partial tuition reimbursement from their current or a prospective employer.
Areas of Specialization

The M.E.H.S. program prepares graduates for professional careers in environmental health and safety – encompassing occupational safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, risk management and environmental health. While our coursework covers a broad range of E.H.S. topics, students may also choose areas in which they would like to explore more in-depth. We invite people from all undergraduate backgrounds to apply and offer an evening option for those considering a career change.

Contact Information

Swenson College of Science and Engineering, 229 Voss-Kovach Hall, 1305 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812-2496 (218.726.8117; mehs@d.umn.edu; www.d.umn.edu/mehs/).

Director of Graduate Studies:  Robert Feyen, rfeyen@d.umn.edu, 218.726.8327

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies: Tracy Shaw. mehs@d.umn.edu, 218.726.6161

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