Graduate Certificate - Safety Engineering

Safe engineering systems protect the health of workers and the public, preserve the environment, and improve the profitability of industrial facilities. The Graduate Certificate in Safety Engineering is a program of study that focuses on methods to reduce risks, prevent accidents, and/or mitigate the consequences to acceptable levels. Risk reduction is accomplished by identifying hazards with unacceptable consequences and then reducing the probability of occurrence (accident reduction) and/or reducing the consequences to acceptable levels (mitigation).  The program of study consists of four courses: two required core courses and two courses selected from a specialization track.

For prerequisites regarding the courses below, please visits the Catalog of Courses provided by the Registrar's Office.

Core Courses

EMGT 4312 (350) Risk Assessment and Reduction
Safe, secure manufacturing facilities protect the health of employees and the public, preserve the environment, and increase profitability. Methods for systematically identifying hazards and estimating risk improve the safety performance and security of manufacturing facilities.
Co-listed: ChemE 5130

EMGT 5316 (386) Safety Engineering Management
This course is an introduction to the principles of safety engineering applied to industrial situations. Job safety analysis, reduction of accident rates, protective equipment, safety rules and regulations, environmental hazards, health hazards, and ergonomic hazards are covered.

Specialization Tracks (select one track consisting of two courses)

  • Safety Engineering Management (Distance and On Campus)
    • EMgt 5713 Management and Methods in Reliability
    • SysEng 6110 Function-Based Risk Analysis
  • Human Factors (Distance and On Campus)
    • EMgt 5330 Human Factors
    • Psych 4730 Environmental Psychology
  • Reliability (On Campus only)
    • EMgt 5713 Management and Methods in Reliability
    • STAT 5120 or STAT 6570

Sprecialization Track Course Descriptions

EMGT 5330 (311) Human Factors
An examination of human-machine systems and the characteristics of people that affect system performance. Topics include applied research methods, systems analysis, and the perceptual, cognitive, physical and social strengths and limitations of human beings. The focus is on user-centered design technology, particularly in manufacturing environments.

EMGT 5713 (381) Management and Methods in Reliability
Study of basic concepts in reliability as they apply to the efficient operation of industrial systems.

SysEng 6110 (427) Function-Based Risk Analysis
Risk analysis of products and systems is explored using product functionality as the starting point. Traditional probabilistic risk assessment techniques are covered along with recent approaches that use historical data to produce automatic risk assessments.

Psych 4730 (315) Environment Psychology
An examination of the psychological effects of various environmental designs and ways to design environments effectively.  Topics include: environmental attitudes, perception, and cognition; environmental influences, crowding, and the application of environmental design principles to living, educational, work, and recreational settings.

STAT 5120 (320) Statistical Methods
A continuation of Stat 215 with emphasis on statistical methods.  Topics include further work on regression analysis, control charts, acceptance sampling, nonparametric statistics, goodness of fit tests, reliability and life-testing, analysis of experimental designs.

STAT 6570 (470) Theory Of Reliability
Statistical analyses of life-testing distributions such as the Weibull, gamma, exponential, logistic, and normal.  Reliability estimation, tolerance limits, censored sampling, and applications of Monte-Carlo simulation.

Admission Requirements
This certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree with a degree in Engineering or physical science with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and who have a minimum of 12 months of professional employment experience or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T.

Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designated courses. In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses. Once admitted into the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program.

Students admitted to the Certificate Program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of "B" or better in each of the courses, they will be admitted to the appropriate MS program if they apply. The Certificate course taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master’s degree. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the Certificate Program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal Certificate courses.  

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure
‎‎Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2010-11 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011).