Work Environment

Programs of Study

Learn to solve real-life problems using science, with an advanced degree from the Department of Work Environment at UMass Lowell. Flexible programs include:

You will gain the skills necessary to make a difference, focusing on healthsafety or environment; or explore all three. WE's graduate degree programs prepare you with advanced knowledge in:

  • Developing clean production methods and safe products
  • Innovating for a safer, healthier world
  • Preventing disease and injury
  • Designing work and living spaces that promote health

Whether you want a shorter time in residency, or seek to customize your learning with a dual major, Work Environment accommodates you.
Take the fast track with WE‘s accelerated bachelor's/master's program.

You can even balance career and family while preparing for a new future by earning your advanced degree part-time. WE’s core courses are offered in the evening, and many programs can be completed almost entirely with evening courses.

It takes just four courses to earn your professional certificate in Environmental Risk Assessment, Ergonomic Hazards, Job Stress and Healthy Job Redesign, Laboratory and Biological Safety, or Radiological Health Physics. With some courses available online, preparing for the next step in your career is ultra-convenient. Each course is also applicable to the Master’s Degree, so if you opt to continue your studies, you’ll already have done 1/3 of the necessary coursework.

Do you feel you're called to teach? Education happens in boardrooms and courtrooms as well as classrooms. Some of the field’s top professors, researchers and policy experts earned their doctorate at UMass Lowell’s department of Work Environment, working closely with WE’s internationally-renowned faculty.

Degree Programs

UMass Lowell’s Work Environment master's degree programs train you to be an effective leader in occupational and environmental health and safety. You’ll graduate with skills to enhance any industry, government agency, consulting firm, insurance agency, or labor and community organization. The doctoral degree programs groom you for a career as an educator, research scientist or policy specialist with the creativity and critical thinking needed to generate new knowledge. Whether you select a career in academia, governmental or private research, private industry, or public policy, you’ll be ready to push the envelope for innovation. WE graduates make a difference at the municipal, state, national and international levels. 

WE offers Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees in five areas of specialization:

Interdisciplinary faculty-student collaborations enrich all our educational and research activities.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (PEO's) below describe the qualifications of students who graduate from our program.

  1. Technical Competence: Demonstrate a high level of technical and scientific competence in the application of the fundamentals of recognition, measurement, control and prevention of occupational and environmental hazards.
  2. Analytic Competence: Demonstrate the ability to solve complex problems through literature review, exposure assessment and evaluation and data analysis.
  3. Effective and Ethical Practice: Understanding of regulatory and programmatic requirements for occupational and environmental hygiene. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with technical and worker audiences, including the development and presentation of effective worker training. Understand ethical responsibilities for the protection of human subjects and the practice of occupational and environmental hygiene.
  4. Life long Learning: Understand the need to engage in life-long learning and undertake appropriate activities to address this need, including professional advancement leading to professional certification.

No matter which program interests you, don’t let a lack of financial resources hold you back. Financial Aid is available.