The UMD MEHS program can be your first step towards a CSP safety certification

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BSCP) recognizes the UMD MEHS program as a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) Qualified Academic Program (QAP). This means that, based on BCSP's review of the core curriculum, an MEHS degree is considered equivalent to passing the ASP9 exam. Graduates who wish to earn their CSP certification, therefore, will not have to take the initial ASP9 certification exam and can apply immediately to the BCSP for their GSP designation, which is similar to the ASP (Associate Safety Professional).

Any alumnus who started the program August 1, 2010 or later and who has not already earned their ASP is eligible. If you are interested, you can download the information sheet and application instructions here:

Information ("Benefits of Becoming a GSP")

Application process ("How to apply...")

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Are you looking for an exciting, challenging career with great job prospects?

You've come to the right place!

Due to expected growth in the number of EHS jobs coupled with a high rate of retirements within the field, the United States is facing a severe shortage of EHS professionals in the next 5 years and possibly beyond (NIOSH, 2011). Also, consider that a 2010 job market survey ranked EHS in the top 10 in terms of job growth (#8) and in the top 25 in terms of job satisfaction (#22). Regionally, almost 95% of all graduates from the MEHS program have able to find EHS jobs within 6 months of their graduation over the past several years.

Want more information about the EHS profession?

The American Society of Safety Engineers is one of the professional societies to which EHS professionals belong. To learn more about the profession, check out their informative career guide for the EHS profession. Or, peruse the ASSE newsroom and, among other things, check out the video on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which provided the impetus for improvements in workplace safety over the past 100 years. Other EHS related websites to explore can be found on our program website under "resources" - in particular, the links under "professional societies" and "other resources" may be most useful.

Want more information about the MEHS program?

We welcome you to spend some time just looking around our website to find out what it would take for you to get a MEHS degree from UMD. We also invite you to take a look at the student newsletters under "news and events" to get a feel for what it's like to be a student in the program. Of course, if you have any more questions after reading this and/or checking out the various resources, please contact us at:

Master of Environmental Health and Safety program
University of Minnesota Duluth
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
105 Voss-Kovach Hall
1305 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812-2496

Phone: (218) 726-7981

The Master of Environmental Health and Safety program
is an advanced professional degree program offered through the
UMD Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Items of Interest

Fall 2017 Admissions

The program is VERY limited in terms of program-level financial support (i.e., assistantships) to applicants for the 2017-2018 academic year.

If you currently live in the United States, the Fall 2017 application deadline is July 28, 2017.

If you live elsewhere, we strongly suggest that you submit an application by April 15, 2018 for a Fall 2018 start.
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Online Application Process

All application materials must be submitted online through the UM Apply Yourself system.

Please be aware that anything delivered to us via e-mail, mail or delivery service will NOT be reviewed.

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Event calendar

Among other things, find out what the current class will be doing. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and read the newsletters to find out what they've done with all that spare (?) time they have! More info

Plan B reports

If you have not yet submitted your Plan B report, please note that the requirements changed in May 2017 and that these changes are retroactive.

That is, regardless of when you completed your coursework, *these* are the requirements to follow, not any requirements you might have been given previously.

The current Plan B forms and details can be found below.

Current forms
(last update: May 2017)
Plan B details
Proposal form
Supervisor feedback form