Graduate Program

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

The M.S. Engineering program is designed for students having a baccalaureate degree in a technical field other than industrial engineering who wish to pursue a broader, more interdisciplinary program of graduate studies.


Program Overview

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

Students in the M.S. Industrial Engineering program will learn to master modern and classical methodologies in their area of concentration, oral and written communication skills to bridge the gap between society and businesses, and professional ethics as applied to their field. In this program, students will conduct research in their field of choice, work on projects in teams and individually, and design and implement new integrated systems.


Program Overview

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.

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The Masters of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene is accredited by the Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET, .


Program Overview

Master of Science in Safety Management

The safety management degree program is designed for students trained in the areas of business and economic sciences, animal sciences, chemical and biological sciences, engineering and technology sciences, medical sciences, and the physical sciences.

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The Masters of Science degree in Safety Management is accredited by the Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET, .


Program Overview

Safety Management Exam Information

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

Each Ph.D. 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.

Program Overview

Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Ph.D. degree 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.

Program Overview

Occupational Safety and Health Engineering (OSHE)

The Occupational Safety and Health Engineering (OSHE) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) training program is designed to educate engineering graduate students in the areas of occupational safety and ergonomics. Trainees learn essential knowledge and skills across a broad range of occupational safety topics by taking courses from industrial engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, and safety management programs. Trainees are also encouraged to further support their individual academic pursuits by taking elective courses offered in other engineering disciplines as well as other colleges within the university. Additionally, trainees complete a research project (MS thesis/PhD dissertation) in the areas of occupational safety and ergonomics to gain hand-on experience and further extend their theoretical knowledge to solve real world practical problems.

The OSHE program is a NIOSH-supported training program, so funding is for US citizens only. Please contact Dr. Ashish D. Nimbarte for more details about the training program and funding opportunities.

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Admission Requirements

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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 Ph.D. students are competitive with other graduate institutions.

Additional Financial Support for MSIH Students

The Industrial Hygiene Program has funding from a NIOSH Training Grant, which provides a number of training grants to support students in the program. Several graduate research and teaching assistantships are also available. The availability of graduate assistantships depends on the level of research funding, which varies from year to year. In addition, NIOSH usually provides at least two part-time, paid positions for students.

Additional Financial Support for Safety Management Students

The Safety Management program offers students several possibilities for financial assistance. Safety Management students have been able to obtain funding through:

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Research, Electronic Theses + Dissertations

Research initiatives and on-going funding opportunities are available to students in the areas of:

WVU Research

A thesis or problem is normally required of all candidates. While required credit in research (CE 497) is devoted to the thesis or report preparation, the thesis or problem report is not automatically approved after the required number of semester hours of research work have been completed. The thesis or problem report must conform with the general WVU requirements for graduate study and with any additional requirements established by the department.

West Virginia University (WVU) requires all theses and dissertations to be submitted to WVU Libraries in electronic (.pdf) format. Information about WVU's Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Program is available at WVU Libraries also has a site consisting of information about the required formatting of theses and dissertations at