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Master of Science in Work Environment

The Master of Science in Work Environment program is closed for new admissions at this time. Please consider the Master of Public Health program.

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Lead the way to a healthier world by learning from internationally renowned faculty and conducting real-world research. You’ll gain the technical skills and experience necessary to make a difference in a rewarding career improving health, safety and the environment.

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UMass Lowell undergraduate students may qualify for the accelerated bachelor's to master's program.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Master’s in Work Environment program are hired by industries, government agencies, consulting firms, insurance agencies and labor and community organizations. Many start their own consulting firms. The profession continues to grow:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist jobs are expected to grow by four percent with a median annual wage of $70,210, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The number of jobs for Environmental Scientists and Specialists is expected to grow by 11 percent. The median annual wage was $67,460 in May 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The average salary for an Industrial Hygienist as reported to American Board of Industrial Hygiene was $94,947.

This is a two-year full time program with summer internships available for all Master’s students. The program can also be done part-time with most classes offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.

Financial Assistance Available
Students enrolled in Work Environment degree programs may be eligible for financial support through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Training Project Grant. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply. Learn more about eligibility and support by requesting the application from Prof. Susan Woskie.

Read about the program in the article $2M Grant Trains Public Health Students.


Please email Prof. Susan Woskie, Graduate Coordinator for the MS in Work Environment.

Meet Our Graduates

Maryann Ford ’12 Environmental Health, Peace and Conflict Studies

Maryann Ford hopes to combine her environmental toxicology research with public health concerns to design effective campaigns that will reduce health disparities in large city populations.

Passionate professors and strong programs that link science and health make UMass Lowell unique.