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Graduate

The Department is in the unique position of having two complimentary graduate programs in occupational health and safety accredited by the ABET, Inc./ASAC. The combined resources and faculty talents of these two programs create synergies that provide our students with outstanding academic and research experiences in the field of occupational safety and health. Excellent academic and research opportunities are also available for students in the areas of operations research, decision sciences and manufacturing.

The Department has quality research laboratories in manufacturing, robotics and vision systems, CAD/CAM, operations research, production planning and control, decision sciences, ergonomics, industrial hygiene and safety. Graduate students are encouraged to utilize these resources to explore and develop their capabilities.

Programs Offered

Master of Science in Engineering Management

The Master of Science in Engineering Management program prepares students to manage large engineering operations and brings together topics from across several fields. This program will help students develop the leadership skills necessary to address contemporary professional challenges and solve complex operational problems. Students may pursue this degree directly from their undergraduate program. This asynchronous online program is also ideal for working professionals looking for professional development or advancement.

  • Applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (out of a possible 4.0)
  • Applicants with a cumulative grade point average of less than 3.00 may be considered for admission if they have at least two years of professional experience
  • Bachelor of Science degree from an engineering department, or from physics, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics, or a similar technical or science program. In general, a degree in one of the “hard” science programs is required with at least two years of calculus or equivalent mathematics
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts of all previous college coursework
  • Applicants must submit a statement of purpose explaining the role that the MSEM degree would play in their long-term career aspirations
  • Applicants must submit a detailed resume to highlight prior education and professional experience
  • Applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

The MSIE degree program provides excellent academic training and research opportunities in modern and classical Industrial Engineering methodologies. Students typically complete the MSIE degree using one of the following three concentrations:

  • Decision Sciences: How to use mathematical tools, computer models and information technology to provide managers with the decision tools and strategies to improve business operations. Relevant coursework include optimization, supply chain management, inventory management, machine learning, linear and integer programing, and stochastic processes.
  • Ergonomics and System Safety: How to design and arrange the workplace and management strategies to maximize the employees' productivity and safety. Relevant coursework includes industrial ergonomics, human factors system design, human machine interaction, systems safety engineering, and industrial hygiene engineering.
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering: How to improve manufacturing processes with the use of robotics, computer-controlled material handling systems and other automation devices in manufacturing service enterprises. Relevant coursework includes quality and reliability engineering, additive manufacturing, robotics and flexible automation, computer integrated manufacturing, smart manufacturing.

Master of Science in Safety Management

Safety is an essential part of lives. In the workplace, it protects the lives and wellbeing of countless others. The Master of Science in Safety Management program prepares you to help companies follow state and federal regulations, while designing programs to prevent disease, injury or damage to the environment. With a strong job market, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 4 percent yearly increase in the number of jobs in this field through 2024. Through this program, you will be ready to respond to the needs of the public and employers, to inspect hazardous situations and to investigate and administer government regulations.

ABET Logo - Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission

The master of science degree in safety management is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Safety Management Exam Information

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

The doctoral degree program in industrial engineering is designed to educate students to the highest level of competency in teaching and research. The program helps students develop skills and experience to perform independent research in various applied and theoretical industrial engineering topics. Research work for the doctoral dissertation must show a high degree of originality on the part of the student and must constitute an original contribution to the body of knowledge.

Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Safety and Health

The online Occupational Safety and Health Ph.D. program is designed for students and professionals who aspire to advance their knowledge, research potential and overall expertise to explore research and development opportunities in academia, consulting or high-level industry positions. The program equips students with the skills necessary to tackle complex occupational safety and health challenges by seamlessly integrating structured coursework with applied research. The flexible, self-paced online curriculum allows students to balance their professional commitments while pursuing their doctoral degrees. The program's industry-focused curriculum addresses the growing demand for doctoral-level expertise in high-risk sectors such as healthcare, fire safety, construction, and more.

Financial Support

The Department seeks to provide support to all deserving graduate students. Several types of support are available and include: research assistantships, teaching assistantships and instructorships. All supported students are provided a tuition waiver. Stipends for both master's and PhD students are competitive with other graduate institutions.

Research, Electronic Theses + Dissertations

West Virginia University requires all theses and dissertations to be submitted to WVU Libraries in electronic (.pdf) format. Information about WVU's Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Program is available at https://etd.lib.wvu.edu/. WVU Libraries also has a site consisting of information about the required formatting of theses and dissertations at http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/

Graduate Student Job Opportunities