May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Health and Safety, B.S. to Master of Science in Safety Management (MSSM) 4+1 Dual Degree

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The Environmental Health and Safety B.S. to MSSM 4+1 Plan is a combined bachelor/master degree program that provides high-achieving students an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time than would be required if the two degrees were done independently. Participants can graduate with a Master of Science in Safety Management degree in approximately one calendar year after completing a B.S. in Environmental Health and Safety. Students in this program complete 10 graduate level credits at undergraduate tuition rates. Students who have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and have earned a 3.0 or above GPA in each of the 10-credits of graduate courses will be reclassified as a graduate student through Graduate Study.

Requirements for the B.S. to Master of Science in Safety Management (MSSM) 4+1 Dual Degree Plan

Students seeking the B.S. to Master of Science in Safety Management (MSSM) 4+1 dual degree plan must complete a minimum 120 credits, including the following requirements:

1. Meet the university general education requirements

In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses. 

Each candidate for an Oakland University baccalaureate will need to satisfactorily complete approved courses in each of the following areas: Foundation, Exploration, Integration, Writing, U.S. Diversity and Capstone. For details, refer to the General Education Requirements  section of the catalog.

2. Complete the Environmental Health and Safety required credits


Courses above with * after them also satisfy university general education requirements

 **In lieu of EHS 1100 (3), students may substitute EHS 1000 (1) and EHS 1150 (2)

Graduate Courses:

  • EHS 5200 Advanced Safety and Health Administration (3)
  • EHS 5400 Risk Assessment and Loss Control (3)
  • EHS 5000 Introduction to EHS Research (4)


If a student has a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, has at least junior standing, the student may apply to the BS to MSSM (4+1) program through the graduate office. Qualified applicants will be given a delayed admission to the MSSM program. (Full, formal admission will not take place until the student successfully completes his or her undergraduate degree with an overall GPA of 3.2).

A student accepted into the 4+1 program continues his or her undergraduate degree with the substitution of three graduate courses as shown above.

Please note that students must be accepted into the 4+1 program before taking any graduate level courses.

If a 4+1 program student has successfully graduated with a BS degree and an overall GPA of 3.2, he or she is fully admitted to graduate MSSM program.

See graduate catalog for additional requirements for the 4+1 program.

All university and departmental requirements for the bachelor’s and master’s degree must be satisfied to receive both degrees.  The full number of credit hours required for the bachelor’s and master’s degree must be completed; this includes the 10-credit of graduate courses completed as an undergraduate and approved to count towards the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.