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Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track, M.S.

Program Manager: Dr. Terry Spear
  (406) 496-4897
  Office:  SE 325


Field of Study

The Montana Tech Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track graduate program provides an exceptional opportunity for advanced study in the field of occupational health. This program brings graduate education in industrial hygiene to working professionals with the overall goal of providing the technical competence to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control occupational health hazards. The distance M.S. degree is structured to encourage participative, collaborative, and applied problem-solving strategies to address modern day occupational health issues.


Graduate Admission Requirements

Applicants are admitted on a basis of acceptable undergraduate academic preparation and work experience. 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.

Applicants with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university may alternatively demonstrate adequate math and science preparation if they hold the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), or Certified Health Physicist  (CHP) credential, or *equivalent international professional certifications, or if they have completed an advanced degree in a science-based discipline.

Two years of safety and health-related work experience is also a requirement for admittance to this program.  The GRE exam is not required for the industrial hygiene distance learning students.

*these equivalent international professional certifications must be reviewed and approved by the IH Distance Learning/Professional Track Program Manager on a case-by-case basis.


M.S. Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track (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 9 core credits. 

2 These students also have an adequate background in safety and will be required to complete an additional 3 credit elective.

3 Distance Learning students must complete a 5 day on-campus laboratory as part of IH 5326

          IH 5326 prerequisties: IH 5286

           IH 5286 prerequisites: OSH 421 and OSH 422

4 Prior to registering for IH 5986, Comprehensive Written & Oral Examonation, all foundational credits must be completed.  In addition, all MS IH coursework must be completed, or be completed concurrently with IH 5986 during the final semester of study.


Students licensed as certified industrial hygienists (CIH), may waive OSH 421 , Industrial Hygiene I, and these students would be required to complete 34 credits for the online industrial hygiene degree. Students licensed as certified safety professionals (CSP), may waive I.H.5606 - Systems Safety & Process Safety Management , and these students would be required to complete 34 credits for the online industrial hygiene degree. For students licensed as both CIH and CSP, OSH 421  and I.H. 5606  may be waived, and these students would be required to complete 31 credits for the online industrial hygiene degree.


Candidates for a master's degree must complete a written and oral exam that is focused on student outcomes related to core curriculum requirements.

Student Outcomes and PEOs distance

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 Distance Learning/Professional Track 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 discipline.
  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. Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track degree program has adopted the following three PEOs.

PEO 1.  Be prepared to enhance their IH-related careers throughout the first four years after graduating.

PEO 2. Use their education to expand their professional competence to 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.