Industrial Hygiene - Distance Learning - Graduate School
Industrial Hygiene - Distance Learning - Graduate School - Montana Tech

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

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Program Overview

Safety, Health & Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety & Health

Montana Tech's Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track graduate program provides an exceptional opportunity for advanced study in the field of occupational health. Through this program, working professionals can obtain education in industrial hygiene 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. This degree program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ASNAC) of ABET,

Program Manager

Terry Spear, Ph.D.

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Montana Tech and the faculty of the Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene Department are committed to ensuring equivalent quality of learning in both the distance and residential industrial hygiene degree programs. The courses are facilitated by a world-class faculty whose advanced academic preparation and professional experience help integrate academic theory with current practical application. Students enrolled in the distance program have the same instructors, course offerings, course requirements, and laboratories as the residential students insofar as possible. This includes five days in residence at Montana Tech for the Sampling and Evaluation of Health Hazards Lab Residency, IH 5326. Graduates receive the academic preparation needed to pass the CIH certification examination administered by the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (formally ABIH).

For information on enrollment levels and graduations during the past few years, visit the Montana Tech Institutional Research Enrollment Data web page


Industrial hygiene is a science-based discipline. The Board for Global EHS Credentialing has defined several criteria to test an individual’s knowledge across the broad range of industrial hygiene subject areas. These subject areas include basic science and encompass chemistry, biology, anatomy & physiology, physics, and mathematics.

We have established admittance standards for the distance learning program to ensure student success. 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. Students who do not have professional work experience may wish to apply to our MS Industrial Hygiene on-campus program.

Students who are Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) may waive OSH 421 Industrial Hygiene I. These students will be required to complete 34 credits for the Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning degree. Students licensed as Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) may waive I.H. 5606 System Safety and Process Safety Management. These students will be required to complete 34 credits for the Industrial Hygiene Online degree. For students who are both a CIH and CSP, both OSH 421 and I.H. 5606 may be waived and these students would be required to complete 31 credits for this degree.

The application deadline for the M.S. Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning Professional Track Program is

  • April 1 for summer & fall semesters
  • October 1 for spring semester

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


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.

  1. Graduates of the program will establish or enhance their IH-related careers within a few years after graduating.
  2. Graduates of the program will use their education to competently aply IH-related knowledge, skills, and abilities to benefit workers and employers.
  3. Graduates of the program will become stewards of the profession by engaging in career development, adhering to ethical standards, and supporting their professional 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 seven 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.

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