CURRENTLY STANDING CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH GRADUATE PROGRAM
The graduate program in occupational safety and health is designed to prepare students to become skilled
and demonstrate knowledge in an occupational safety and health concentration of environmental health
and safety, industrial hygiene, or safety management.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements
for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows.
UNCONDITIONAL ADMISSION STATUS
Unconditional admission is granted only to students who graduate from Murray State University with a
Bachelor Degree in Occupational Safety and Health and with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
All other students regardless of GPA, field of study, and GRE results are admitted to the program with
CONDITIONAL ADMISSION STATUS. To move into UNCONDITIONAL status, the student must
meet the university requirement of obtaining a 3.00 in the first nine hours of graduate work and additional
criteria set forth by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health.
CONDITIONAL ADMISSION STATUS
The following CONDITIONAL status will be based on undergraduate grade point average, regardless
of undergraduate baccalaureate degree field or major.
2.99 - 2.50: CONDITIONAL
2.49 - 2.25: CONDITIONAL AFTER A THOROUGH TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION
2.24 - 2.00: CONDITIONAL AFTER EVALUATION AND PROBATIONARY ADMISSION
The student must maintain a GPA of 3.30 for the first nine graduate credit hours.
Students admitted from a different undergraduate field/discipline must complete the following course
work in addition to the above GPA requirements. Undergraduate course work is required in biology,
chemistry, mathematics, and physics. The following courses are the minimum accepted requirements
for pursuing a Master’s degree in OSH.
- BIO 101, Biological Concepts
- CHE 105, Introductory Chemistry I
- CHE 210/215, Brief Organic Chemistry and Lab
- MAT 230, Technical Math II
- PHY 125/126, Brief Introductory Physics and Lab
Students must also complete 21 prerequisite credit hours in Occupational Safety and Health and pass
these courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
- GRE is NOT a requirement and it is not a criterion for admission or graduation.
- TOEFL requirement is not part of our admission requirements. It is required by MSU admission for
international students. Once the student has proven competency in English, the student is recommended for
the graduate program. Based on such recommendation, we grant admission.
- All students are required to take the written and oral comprehensive exams. Students doing research
(Thesis option) are exempt from comprehensive exams. Comprehensive exams date and format are
determined exclusively by the department of OSH.
For detailed information about the Department of OSH, the graduate and undergraduate programs, and description of courses, please refer to the Occupational Safety & Health Bulletin.