Graduate Certificate in Safety Engineering

Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Department of Mining & Nuclear Engineering

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Program Description:

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). 

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Admission

The safety engineering graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS in an engineering or physical science field with an overall GPA of 3.0; or those holding a bachelor’s degree in engineering or physical science with an overall GPA of 2.75 and having a minimum of one year of work experience. 

The Chemical and Biological Engineering department will serve as the home department for  students who select the Chemical/Metallurgical Process Safety, and Process Control Systems tracks. The Engineering Management department will serve as the home department for students who select the Human Factors, Safety Engineering Management, or Reliability tracks. The Mining and Nuclear Engineering department will serve as the home department for students who select the Nuclear Process Safety, Nuclear Material Safety, or Radiological Health and Safety tracks. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student, upon application, will be admitted to the M.S. degree program sponsoring the graduate certificate. The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the M.S. program will apply toward their master’s degree.

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Curriculum

Requires two core courses and two courses selected from a track

Core Courses:

  • CHEM ENG 5130/ ENG MGT 4312: Risk Assessment & Reduction
  • ENG MGT 5316: Safety and Engineering Management

Track 1: Chemical/Mettallurgical Process Safety

Required:

  • CHEM ENG 5140: Intermediate Chemical Process Safety

Choose one course from the following four:

  • CHEM ENG 5305: Hazardous Material Management- Campus
  • CHEM ENG 5190  /  ELEC ENG 5350: Plantwide Process Control
  • IS&T 5885: Human Computer Interaction
  • MET ENG 5630: Environmental Aspects of Metals Manufacturing

Track 2: Safety Engineering Management

  • ENG MGT 5713: Management and Methods in Reliability
  • SYS ENG 6110: Function-Based risk Analysis

Track 3: Process Control Systems

  • ELEC ENG 5870: Mechatronics
  • ELEC ENG 5350  /  CHEM ENG 5190: Plantwide Process Control
  • ELEC ENG 5340: Advanced PLC
  • CHEM ENG 5140: Intermediate Chemical Process Safety
  • COMP ENG 5420: Introduction to Network Security

Track 4: Nuclear Process Safety

  • IS&T 5885: Human Computer Interaction
  • NUC ENG 4207: Nuclear Fuel Cycl
  • NUC ENG 4229: Nuclear Power Plant Systems
  • NUC ENG 4347: Radiological Engineering
  • NUC ENG 4281: Probabilistic Risk Assessment I
  • NUC ENG 6223: Nuclear Reactor Safety

Track 5: Nuclear Material Safety

Required:

  • NUC ENG 4312: Nuclear Radiation Measurement & Spectroscopy

Choose one course from the following five:

  • NUC ENG 4207: Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • NUC ENG 4347: Radiological Engineering
  • NUC ENG 4363: Applied Health Physics
  • NUC ENG 4365: Radiation Protection Engineering
  • NUC ENG 6331: Radiation Shielding

Track 6: Radiological Health & Safety

Required:

  • NUC ENG 4363: Applied Health Physics

Choose one course from the following five:

  • NUC ENG 4207: Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • NUC ENG 4312: Nuclear Radiation Measurements & Spectroscopy
  • NUC ENG 4347: Radiological Engineering
  • NUC ENG 4365: Radiation Protection Engineering
  • NUC ENG 6331: Radiation Shielding

Track 7: Human Factors

Required:

  • ENG MGT4330: Human Factors

Choose one course from the following three:

  • BIO SCI 4383: Toxicology
  • PSYCH 4700: Industrial Psychology
  • PSYCH 4730: Environmental Psychology

Track 8: Reliability

  • ENG MGT 5713: Management and Methods in Reliability
  • STAT 5120: Statistical Method
  • STAT 6570: Theory of Reliability

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Course Descriptions:

      Course descriptions can be found in the catalog at catalog.mst.edu/graduate.

 

GRADUATE DEGREES

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Engineering Management (MS)
Chemical Engineering (MS)
Mining Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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