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University of Colorado Denver

MAP ERC Industrial Hygiene Program

Center for Health, Work & Environment


Industrial Hygiene Overview

​Students will experience an education in industrial hygiene taught by faculty members in an ABET-accredited Master of Science program. As one of the leading industrial hygiene programs in the country, the IH program at Colorado State University offers opportunities for students to gain useful work experience through class projects at local businesses.

The program curriculum encourages students to take courses in related disciplines to ensure that industrial hygiene professionals will have a broad knowledge base in occupational safety and health fields such as toxicology, occupational health psychology, ergonomics, and safety.


What Does an Industrial Hygienist Do?

  • Anticipates and recognizes potential hazards in the workplace that ca cause illness or injury to workers and the public, such as chemicals, noise, biological hazards, and physical hazards
  • Controls and detects potential hazards with environmental monitoring, engineering, and work practice methods
  • Works in roles such as Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, Industrial Hygienist, Environmental and Occupational Health Manager, Health and Safety Specialist, and Consultant


Degree Options

Master of Science or PhD. There are two options for the Master of Science (MS) program:

Plan A -- Minimum of 30 credits of coursework and a thesis

Plan B -- Minimum of 40-50 credits of coursework, professional paper, and an internship or the internship can be substituted for one year of professional experience in occupational or environmental health-related areas.

Completion of a Master's typically takes about 2 years. Completing a PhD is typically another 3-5 years after earning an MS


Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and strong GRE scores
  • Individuals with a strong background in math and science as well as writing skills


Program Location

Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado



Graduate research assistantships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students. The number of assistantships may vary from year to year depending on the level of research funding.


Applications may be submitted at any time for admission to a graduate degree (M.S., Ph.D.) program; thus the admissions cycle is a rolling admissions process. Click here for additional information on the application process.​​​


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