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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

This is an entirely web-based course-work only asynchronous degree program. The program graduates will build upon their prior engineering education and/or professional experience, to strengthen their ability to effectively manage business operations, projects, and teams. They will apply specialized knowledge to address contemporary professional challenges and solve complex operational problems to improve the business processes, with many emerging as the leaders of tomorrow by practicing holistic learning on a continual basis to acquire skills that are necessary to promote innovation, creative solutions, and diversity. The following admission standards will be used:

  • 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 Industrial Hygiene

The industrial hygiene program is designed for students with undergraduate training in the areas of engineering, chemistry, biology, medical sciences, animal sciences or the physical sciences who have an interest in occupational and environmental health and safety.

ABET Logo - Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission

The master of science degree in industrial hygiene is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Master of Science in Safety Management

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,

Safety Management Exam Information

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

Each PhD student will develop a program with a major in industrial engineering or occupational safety and health designed to meet his/her needs and objectives in consultation with an advisor and the advisory and examining committee.

Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Safety and Health

The occupational safety and health PhD is to educate and train, to the highest level of competency in teaching and research, men and women as occupational safety and health professionals for industry, government and academia. The program helps students develop competencies to perform independent research in the application of scientific principles to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, control and manage occupational and environmental hazards to working populations of men and women.

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 WVU Libraries also has a site consisting of information about the required formatting of theses and dissertations at