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Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Program

MAP ERC Training Support

Program Overview

In this program, students learn the fundamentals of occupational ergonomics and safety through individualized curricula designed to meet their career goals. The program focus incorporates academic coursework with hands-on field experiences in industries such as brewing, food processing, manufacturing, construction, and agriculture. Students have opportunities to present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, participate in international exchange programs, and access technological tools for their research, such as electromyography, 3-D motion analysis, and physiologic monitoring equipment.

The Occupational Ergonomics Program is located at Colorado State University. The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) financially supports qualified students in the program. The MAP ERC is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers in the country. Students supported by the center collaborate with trainees in industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational health psychology, and ergonomics programs on interdisciplinary research, scholarly projects, and in-depth field assessments at local industry sites.


What Does an Ergonomist Do?

  • Designs workspaces in offices, manufacturing, and other industries to increase productivity and worker well-being
  • Develops equipment and workflow systems that are easier for employees to use while reducing injuries and errors
  • Consults with employees and clients to investigate issues with workspace and production Works in roles such as ergonomics engineer, safety and health manager, consultant, systems designer/analyst, usability tester, and professor


Degree Options

MS or a PhD​. A master's is typically a two-year program. Earning a PhD takes three to five years after receiving an MS.


Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a GPA above 3.0, and strong GRE scores 
  • Motivated individuals who are passionate about improving worker health and safety and workplace efficiency through design
  • Students from engineering, psychology, and health sciences
  • Students with a strong background in writing and verbal communication


Program Location

Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado


Students accepted into the CSU Occupational Ergonomics Program may qualify for financial support, including tuition, stipends, as well as funding for research and travel, from the MAP ERC for one to three years. Graduate research assistantships are also available on a competitive basis to qualified students. Fellowships, contracts, and grants often support doctoral students.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Occupational Ergonomics Program and MAP ERC funding, applicants must apply through Colorado State University. For admissions requirements, deadlines, and additional information, please visit the MS program page or PhD program page​

To apply now, click here.

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