Oct 15, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Hygiene, M.S.

Program Manager: Dan Autenrieth
  (406) 496-4339
  Office:  SE 326

Field of Study

Industrial hygienists play an important role in ensuring that the workplace is as free from hazards as possible and that the workers and the community at large are protected from potential health threats. Moreover, industrial hygienists work with management to anticipate problems that could occur and take action to prevent them before they happen. Also, industrial hygienists play an important role in shaping and implementing government policy concerning worker health and safety.

Job diversity is a major benefit to consider when choosing a career in the health/environmental sciences. A wealth of unique employment opportunities exists for industrial hygienists. Unlike many other professions, industrial hygienists are not limited to one particular type of industry. They are employed in a variety of organizations such as Public Utilities; Government; Academia; Research Laboratories; Hospitals; Insurance Companies; Consulting Firms; Oil, Chemical and Manufacturing Companies; and Mining Operations. 


Graduate Admission Requirements

Applicants are admitted on a basis of acceptable undergraduate academic preparation, graduate record exam (GRE) scores and reference recommendations. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university that included as a minimum 19 credits of college-level mathematics and science, (including first semester calculus and statistics), biology (including anatomy/physiology), chemistry (including organic chemistry), and physics. 


Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are statements of what each graduate of the program is expected to achieve at the time of graduation.  The M.S. Industrial Hygiene curriculum is structured so each student will have obtained the knowledge, understanding and skills in all 7 student outcomes.

  1.   An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipling.
  2.   An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3.   An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4.   An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5.   An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6.   An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
  7.   One year of study beyond the baccalaureate level and a project or research activity resulting in a report that demonstrates both the mastery of the subject matter and a high level of communication skills.


Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation.  The M.S. in Industrial Hygiene degree program has adopted the following three PEOs.

PEO 1.  Establish their IH-related careers throughout the first four years after graduating.

PEO 2. Use their education to competently provide IH services appropriate to their employment.

PEO 3. Act professionally by engaging in career development, recognizing ethical responsibilities, supporting the profession, and being an informed and involved member of their community.


M.S. Industrial Hygiene (37 Credits)


1 Graduate students with a B.S. degree in OSH from Montana Tech have taken these courses but will be required to complete 9 elective credits to replace the 9 core credits.  These students also have an adequate background in safety and will be required to complete and additional 3 credit elective.

2 Graduate students can choose from the following courses, or other approved courses, to satisfy the Safety Core requirement:  OSH 427  Mining Safety ; OSH 4956  Special Topics; I.H. 5606  Systems Safety & Process Safety Management.

Electives (3 Credits)


Candidates for a master's degree must present their thesis or publishable paper and pass an oral examination.  The oral examination will focus on the thesis presentation or publishable paper, but may also include questions relating to the graduate study program.