Prescott Campus

Master of Science in Safety Science



Safety is a critical part of aviation, manufacturing, and industrial design. The Master of Science in Safety Science degree program qualifies you for specialized positions in a rapidly growing, highly paid and exciting field, and provides job placement assistance upon graduation. The program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of occupational health and safety in any work environment. Students can concentrate on safety in the aviation environment or in a general occupational work situation. This program trains professionals who provide safety management expertise, leadership, and guidance in compliance issues involving EPA, OSHA, DOD, FAA, DOE, state health, hygiene, and workplace standards. The Master of Science in Safety Science is a 36 credit hour program of study composed of a General Safety Core (12 credit hours), a Research Core (6 to 9 credit hours), and electives (15 to 18 hours).

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  • Most complete general aviation accident investigation lab in the nation
  • The MSSS is the only program that offers both Aviation Safety and Occupational Safety and Health in the same graduate program.
  • Expert faculty with field experience
  • Small classes and personal attention
  • New industrial hygiene and ergonomics labs
  • Scholarship and graduate assistantship opportunities are available
  • Students also find jobs through internship opportunities with companies in their areas of interest
  • Home to the Aviation Safety and Security Archives.


View requirements for the M.S. in Safety Science degree on the Catalog site.


With a graduate degree in Industrial Psychology and Safety you will be entering a job market where there are more jobs than qualified candidates. We have placed graduates in positions with employers that include the FAA, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Sky Harbor Airport and the Coast Guard.

Positions include:

  • Occupational Safety Professional - Manage programs to preserve and protect the human and facility resources in the workplace; establish security guidelines and take precautions to protect property and workers.
  • Industrial Hygienist - Trained to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control environmental stresses or occupational health hazards in or from the workplace.
  • Environment Safety Specialist - Experts in safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental issues. The three general areas of environmental safety include industrial/government sectors, consulting, and contracting.
  • Aviation Crash Investigator - - Investigates incidents and accidents occurring in the aviation environment. The major portion of accident investigation work involves on-scene investigation, assembling factual data, preparing specialized analysis, and developing conclusions based upon such data.
  • Aviation Safety Analyst - The FAA has emphasized the need for these programs in the aviation industry creating a need for aviation safety analysts. The safety analyst is knowledgeable of various tools to access the risks associated with aviation activities. Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) analysts are just one of these new positions. Safety Management Systems (SMS) is a growing concept regarding the management of safety programs in all industries.


Erin Bowen Dr. Erin Bowen


Safety Science

Dr. Bowen specializes in aviation psychology, safety culture, and statistical/research methodological assessment methods in safety.

Maxwell Fogleman Dr. Maxwell Fogleman

Associate Professor

Safety Science

Maxwell Fogleman, Ph.D., MPH, CPE has been on the faculty of the Department of Safety Science since the first class matriculated into the master’s degree program in August of 2001.

Gary Northam Dr. Gary Northam


Safety Science

Ten years of success in the Aviation Science department at Parks College at Saint Louis University, garnered in 2005, an invitation from the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle University for current Professor Dr. Gary Northam.

Bill Waldock Bill Waldock


Safety Science

Bill Waldock, Professor, Safety Science Department