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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 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.


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.


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 22 student outcomes.

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and applied sciences.
  2. Design and conduct common experiments and analyze and interpret data.
  3. Formulate or design a system, process or program to meet desired needs.
  4. Function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. Identify and solve applied science problems, including advanced qualitative and quantitative problems.
  6. Understand professional and ethical responsibilities related to the IH profession.
  7. Communicate effectively.
  8. Understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. Recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for the practice of IH.
  12. Complete a project or research activity resulting in a report that demonstrates mastery of the subject matter and a high level of communication skills.
  13. Identify agents, factors and stresses generated by and/or associated with defined sources, unit operations, and processes.
  14. Describe qualitative and quantitative aspects of generation of agents, factors, and stresses.
  15. Understand the physiological and/or toxicological interactions of the physical, chemical, biological and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors with the human body.
  16. Assess qualitative and quantitative aspects of exposure assessment, dose-response, and risk characterization based on applicable pathways and modes of entry.
  17. Calculate, interpret and apply statistical and epidemiological data.
  18. Recommend and evaluate engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment controls and/or other interventions to reduce or eliminate hazards.
  19. Demonstrate an understanding of applicable business and managerial practices
  20. Interpret and apply applicable occupational and environmental regulations
  21. Understand the fundamental aspects of safety and environmental health
  22. Attain recognized professional certification

M.S. Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track (37 Credits)


Five-day on-campus laboratory required.


Students licensed as certified industrial hygienists (CIH), may waive OSH 4216 , 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 4216  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.


M.S. Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track students must complete a five (5) day on-campus laboratory as part of I.H. 5286 .