Occupational Safety

Master of Science in Safety, Security & Emergency Management


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Preparing the Experts Behind the Practices

In the workplace, in our schools, at our borders, on our streets – no matter where threats to safety exist, society needs leaders who are calm, prepared, knowledgeable and courageous. Ensuring safety is more than quick action in the moment; it’s also preparing for the moment.

EKU Online provides a suite of safety, security and emergency management programs offering you the opportunity to craft your leadership style, build your expertise in one of multiple specialized areas and earn a valuable, respected credential for your career. We can help you grow with the industry while you apply cutting-edge knowledge directly in the field.

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Benefits of EKU Online

Build foundational knowledge for 21st century safety concerns. Eastern Kentucky University Online offers a safety, security and emergency management master’s that can help you craft your leadership style, build your expertise and better position you for career advancement.

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • No application fee
  • No campus visits required
  • Graduate in as few as 2 years
  • Improve your education while remaining active as a safety professional
  • Choose from seven concentrations and tailor your degree to your interests
  • No GRE for applicants with a 2.5 undergraduate GPA or higher
  • Learn from a veteran faculty of safety experts with public and private sector experience
  • Gain a competitive advantage from EKU’s internship agreements and Career Development and Placement Office to help you pursue your goals
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members and their spouses
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Internship Agreements

An internship can be your gateway to new and exciting professional opportunities. Through our partnerships we’ve been able to place our students with some of the world’s largest companies, including:

  • Marathon Petroleum
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Owens Corning
  • com
  • Aera Energy
  • Turner Construction
  • Siemens
  • ConAgra
  • General Electric (Consumer and Industrial)
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing
  • Bechtel
  • BMW

In addition, EKU’s Career Development and Placement Office can assist you in identifying and pursuing job opportunities in the safety industry.

Career Services

Career planning is tough, but with EKU you don’t have to tackle the process alone.

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs. We offer a variety of services to current online EKU students and alumni to help you with your career development, decision-making and job search.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search
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Degree Concentrations

Build your expertise in one of the several specializations and learn from top experts in the safety arena.

Construction Safety

Technical Construction Safety Management SSE 840
You will be presented with case studies and expected to prepare investigation reports, countermeasure plans and strategic plans to counter and prevent future occurrences.

Construction Safety SSE 832
Introduction/analysis of general construction safety utilizing the key components of 29 CFR 196. Included in this study will be general safety & health provisions of OSH Act and a review of the various subparts of 29 CFR 1926.

Corporate Security Operations

Infrastructure Protection and Risk Analysis HLS 810
Foundations for providing security and resilience to the nation’s critical infrastructure with an emphasis on risk management.

Foundations in Cybersecurity Management HLS 850
Identification and application of cybersecurity management principles within private sector organizations as well as the identification, analysis and application of national cybersecurity policies, initiatives and frameworks. Concentration on prevention, response and recovery of cyberattacks from a management perspective.

Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience

Achieving Long-Term Disaster Resilience HLS 830
Explores disaster trends and problems, as well as community wide mitigation and preparedness strategies aimed at reducing the impacts of natural hazards and achieving long-term disaster resilience.

Evolution of Emergency Management HLS 831
Current practice of emergency management evolved through governmental reactions to disasters that helped shape current emergency management practices, policy, administrative changes, and historical context for the changes.

Healthcare Safety

Special Topics in Healthcare Safety SSE 866
This course, utilizing case studies and readings, will focus on current events, risks and threats to the healthcare delivery system, special safety issues in the news, and emergency management related to the safety of healthcare facilities. This material will be timely and relevant to the work you are engaged in.

Safety & Security Across the Healthcare Continuum SSE 867
This course introduces you to the broad healthcare continuum, with the hospital/medical center environment as the central focus. Additional ancillary and specialty services, including the 17 healthcare service types addressed in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Final Rule (for Emergency Preparedness), each with their unique safety challenges, will be addressed.

Occupational Safety

Corporate Compliance SSE 834
The assessment, analysis and development of safety, emergency management, security and environmental compliance programs. This course will address the regulatory requirements and best business practices for each of the compliance areas.

Personal/Environmental Hazards SSE 845
Analysis and investigation of hazard and threat control principles relating to personal and environmental risks in the workplace. Investigation techniques, inspection methodologies, management techniques and prevention programs essential to the manager within the safety, fire and security functions are emphasized.

Safety Leadership and Management

Safety Ethics SSE 842
Addressed are fundamental concepts of ethics and ethical practice for safety professionals. Issues/topics include the central role of ethics, reaching agreement, cheating/free riding and dilemmas faced by the safety professional.

Human Resources & Change Management for Safety Professionals SSE 843
An analysis of human resource laws and employment issues impacting the safety function, including the ADA, Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Assessment of new/pending legislation and regulations impacting the safety and employment functions.

Supply Chain Safety and Security

Global Supply Chain Operations, Analytics and Security SSE 856
Supply chains are increasing in size, scope and complexity. Understanding and evaluating supply chain management through the lenses of global security and risk assessment is essential. Course topics include supply chain safety, vulnerability, security and logistics.

Global Supply Chain Risk & Resilience SSE 857
Understanding, assessing and evaluating the fundamentals of risk and resiliency are essential to ensuring a secure, dependable global supply chain. This course explores how lean inventory strategies, centralized distribution, logistics and offshore production impact the safety of global supply chains. Topics include risk assessment, resiliency planning, modeling and mitigation strategies.


Kim Chitwood

Kim Chitwood

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Kim Chitwood for information about the EKU Online Graduate Safety, Security and Emergency Management programs.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 1 August
Fall B October 5 October
Spring A December 1 January
Spring B March 5 March
Summer May 5 May

Admission Requirements

Graduate Program

  • No GRE for applicants with a 2.5 undergraduate GPA or higher
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • If you hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited school the GRE may be waived


Certificate Program

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Achieved an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 overall to be granted a clear admittance
  • Submit official transcripts from the university that granted your baccalaureate degree

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

EKU has proven that online learning, while challenging, offers a gateway to higher education for the working professional. The MS SSEM degree has added many dimensions to my practical occupational safety and health experiences which will, in the long run, make me a stronger safety and health professional.

Jeff HansonOwner of Hanson Safety Services LLC, MS SSEM graduate

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

Heath Bergmann
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