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Environmental Safety and Health MS (UW-Whitewater)

The Environmental Safety and Health (ESH) Master of Science degree at UW-Whitewater can be completed entirely online with no on-campus requirements.  The ESH degree program focuses on the needs of businesses and organizations to effectively manage complex environmental safety and health issues in the workplace. The program addresses vital issues beyond traditional regulatory compliance, at-risk management, environmental stewardship and sustainability concerns that are receiving increasing attention from employers, communities and government agencies.

The ESH Master of Science degree requires 30 credits of coursework which includes the capstone course SAFETY 789 in which a research paper is required. Most courses are delivered in sequential 8-week sessions. The entire degree can be completed in about two years.

Credits for completion


Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree from an regionally accredited institution;
  2. At least 3.00 overall grade point average in all graduate course work completed at UW-Whitewater, with no grades of I or P pending; and
    1. an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, or
    2. at least a 2.90 grade point average in the last half of the undergraduate degree program, or
    3. at least 12 credits of graduate work completed on a regular grade basis at UW-Whitewater, or
    4. a master's or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution at the corresponding graduate level,
  3. Twenty (20) or more semester-hours (undergraduate credits) in science, business, math or engineering.
  4. Completion of at least one semester of college-level probability and statistics.
  5. Completion of at least one semester of college-level chemistry.
  6. The equivalent of at least one year of full-time professional experience in environmental safety and health as documented by work history (i.e., resume).
  7. Computer skills proficiency including the ability to navigate the Web, to manipulate and organize computer files and email, and to use Microsoft Office applications.

International Students

If you are a student from a country where English is not the native language, you will also need to supply results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A TOEFL score of 550 paper, 213 computer, or 79 internet-based, or an IELTS score of 6.0 is required for admission.

International students will want to learn more about our Center for Global Education.

Exceptions to the admission requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Degree-granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Whitewater

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