Oakland University

School of Business Administration

Master of Science in Safety Management



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Safety Management

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Safety Management degree was developed through a cooperative effort between the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business Administration at Oakland University. This master’s degree program focuses on the business aspects of safety management in the workplace and combines an effective balance of core MBA coursework with application of these business skills to safety-related case studies in risk assessment, loss control, risk management, and safety program planning, administration and management. This master’s degree is intended to benefit college graduates and in-service safety professionals with a safety-related bachelor’s degree or other bachelor’s degree coupled with safety-related work experience or required prerequisite safety courses. The goal of the MSSM degree program is to provide the business analytical tools and skills necessary for making sound management decisions in business and industry as they relate to occupational safety, health, and environmental issues in the workplace. Upon completion of this program of study, the graduate should be able to: Communicate effectively with top management and cost justify interventions necessary to protect employees, property, and the environment Enhance management commitment to workplace improvements in safety and health through development of better management understanding of the safety and health impact on bottom line performance Develop increased employee involvement in development of safety and health interventions through better understanding of the business ramifications and needs for safety and health improvements in the workplace Implement safety and health programs/interventions that optimize business and safety performance in unison Develop return of investment evaluations that demonstrate understanding for the financial and operational impacts of safety interventions on a business operation Effectively integrate occupational safety and health programs that play a significant role in business total quality management efforts and that enhance operational efficiency and productivity Translate moral, ethical, legal, and operational needs for safety and health programs/interventions into terms that enable a business CEO or other corporate manager to recognize a valid business need Identify strategies that align safety and health improvements with organizational priorities Demonstrate that safety in the workplace makes good business sense Contribute as a key member of an organizational management team.


Oakland University is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

International applicants requiring an I-20 for a visa must also submit additional documents, including an International Student Supplemental Application, financial documents, transcript evaluations, and proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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