Oct 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Risk Control and Safety Management, M.S.

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Risk Control and Safety Management, M.S. sequences:


Master of Science Degree To remain competitive in today’s global economy, organizations need to effectively protect their human, financial, legal, property and natural resources. UW-Stout strongly embraces this resource protection perspective with a M.S. degree in Risk Control and Safety Management that prepares individuals to serve as consultants in the areas of employee safety, facility and environmental protection. This masters degree program is recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as well as major corporations for developing a broad range of technical as well as managerial skills that align with the demands of a highly dynamic profession.

The M.S. Risk Control and Safety Management degree is a course of study which prompts applicable graduates to possess the necessary knowledge and abilities to implement applicable scientific, technical and regulatory considerations in an ethical manner. Students in the program continuously integrate theory with realistic, practical problem solving experiences with business / industrial entities and thus hone their ability to work in a team-oriented professional setting. The M.S. in Risk Control and Safety Management program maintains a competency-based focus which stems from close collaboration with successful business leaders that work in the risk control/safety profession.  Program graduates must successfully complete a capstone project which requires the application of both technical as well as management concepts to define and eventually solve a risk-based process deficiency. The M.S. Risk Control and Safety Management program aims to meet a variety of students’ learning needs and work-life schedules. The class lectures are delivered on-campus so that local students can attend live presentations by the faculty (between 4 pm and 10 pm on weekdays) and distance students can participate in live-streamed class lectures or else view recorded lectures at a more convenient time.


To be admitted to this program with full status, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. Applicants with an overall grade point average ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission. In addition, the applicant must have appropriate academic coursework and/or work experience in the areas of general safety, chemistry and organizational leadership. A deficiency in these foundational requirements does not prevent admission into the program, but would still require completion of additional undergraduate work and/or increase the amount of graduate credit required to earn the degree. Professional, industrial/trade or educational experience is a benefit for those who enroll in the program. An individual program of study will be designed to accommodate the requirements of the profession and the needs of the student. Final student selection and admission to the program will be accomplished by the program director and the faculty. The application deadline for fall semester admissions is June 1 while spring applications are due by December 1. Late applications may be considered after these dates only if openings exist for the impending term.

Primary Evaluation Processes

The primary processes used to evaluate applicants include their professional goals, related work experience, prior degree and the grade point average of such academic work. Upon acceptance into the program, the faculty provides timely performance feedback on the students’ ability to master the various technical as well as managerial concepts that are promoted in each of the core program courses.


The requirements for the M.S. Risk Control degree include (a) completion of at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit with an overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better, (b) completing a minimum of 15 credits at the 700-800 level, and (c) being approved for degree candidacy in relation to the following course completion requirements:

General Requirements
Master of Science Degree

Total for graduation 30 credits  
Management/Applied Research 12 credits  
Risk Control/Safety/Property Protection 12 credits  
Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Health 6 credits  

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