Program Admission

Applications are most commonly accepted from individuals with undergraduate degrees in engineering or in the behavioral, biological, physical, or safety sciences.  Some preparation in mathematics (calculus & matrix/linear algebra) is desired, in addition to physical science, statics, statistics, engineering psychology and/or physiology.

Admission decisions are competitive, and are based on an applicant’s overall application, rather than specific minimum test scores.  Required elements of the application are GRE scores, a personal statement (addressing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, educational and professional background, and future goals), and three letters of recommendation.  OSU’s Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 in all prior undergraduate and graduate level work for regular admission.

Based on availability of funds, traineeships (financial support similar to a fellowship) will be offered to applicants who meet the departmental requirements for admission, who have a specific interest in occupational safety and ergonomics, who are willing to meet the requirements of the traineeship, and who interview satisfactorily with the primary program faculty members.  Interviews will be conducted over the phone if applicants cannot visit the campus.

U.S. residency is a requirement to be considered for financial support through a traineeship.  Other forms of support may be available to applicants who do not meet this requirement.

Women and individuals from other groups that are underrepresented in the areas of safety and engineering are strongly encouraged to apply.

BS/MS and dual MS degree programs (such as an MS ISE & MS ME, or an MS ISE & MPH-EHS) can be designed and supported.