*The Industrial Hygiene program has officially moved to the WVU School of Public
Health as of July 1, 2021 and new students pursuing this degree will be admitted
School of Public Health program.
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.
Through this program, working professionals and full time students can obtain education in industrial hygiene with the overall goal of providing the technical competence to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control occupational health hazards. This degree is structured to encourage participative, collaborative and applied problem-solving strategies to address modern day occupational health issues.
The master of science degree in industrial hygiene is accredited by the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
For admission into the MSIH program, applicants must meet department admission standards and ABET/ASAC prerequisite course requirements which are currently a minimum of 63 credit hours of approved science, mathematics and other technical courses. Of these, at least 15 credit hours must be junior or senior level. Specific pre/corequisite course requirements include two semesters of general/inorganic chemistry and two semesters of physics. On an individual basis, the faculty may identify additional pre/corequisite coursework, often including organic chemistry and biology. Applicants will be advised about their specific requirements at the time of admission. Applicants not meeting all of the listed requirements may be considered for admission as provisional students.
Master of science degree students are required to take a set of core courses that will total a minimum of 36 semester hours, including credits for a thesis or a problem report. Many students take more than 36-semester hours before graduating, depending on their previous experience and background. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 is required to graduate.
The writing requirement, an integral part of the master's degree program, can be satisfied in one of two ways:
- A 3-credit hour problem report based on research completed by the students.
- A 6-credit hour thesis.
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 positions are also available. The availability of graduate assistantships depends on the level of research funding, which varies from year to year. In addition, NIOSH sometimes provides two part-time, paid positions for students.