The Swanson School of Engineering established in 2014, a graduate certificate in Safety Engineering. It is one of a very few online programs in safety engineering in the U.S. that allows students to attend classroom lectures in real time, and also allows synchronous participation remotely via the Internet or to view archived lectures if work responsibilities dictate. 

The increasing foot print of the oil and gas industry, greater emphasis on meeting the demand for energy, and ever increasing regulatory mandates in a variety of fields have prompted the need for more engineers that have training in safety engineering.  This unique program was developed for engineers with new or additional safety related responsibilities or who find that they are now charged with managing large projects with incumbent safety-related responsibilities. 

The Safety Engineering Program specifies three required courses and allows two elective courses in the interest area of each student. The list of electives is flexible and while there is a list from which students can select the courses (see below), with approval, students can take many other courses to meet this requirement.   The program is designed to prepare engineers of any discipline to meet the challenges that an increased need for safe design and operations in an increasingly complex world presents by training them in “the application and implementation of safety engineering concepts, principles and practices”. While the certificate is intended to provide training in safety engineering for engineers, it can also be of benefit to those in non-engineering based safety professions.

Certificate program objectives:

  • Equip engineering professionals with increased capabilities in safety engineering-related analytical skills, problem solving and solutions design
  • Enable engineers to acquire a more thorough understanding of critical operational safety-related hazards
  • Enable engineers to gain an understanding of, and an ability to analyze, dynamic hazard scenarios, and to design protective systems to prevent these hazards from resulting in injuries, fires, explosions and release
  • Enable engineers to acquire the skills necessary to analyze and quantify risks, and to be able to apply risk-based safety and business decision making
  • Enable engineers to gain an understanding of human performance and human-based systems


  • IE-2031 Introduction to Safety Engineering
  • IE-2302 Engineering for Process Safety
  • IE-2303 Work Design


  • IE-2275/BioE 2275 Design for Injury Prevention
  • ENGR-2100 Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering
  • ENGR-2102 Nuclear Plant Dynamics and Control
  • ENGR-2125 Case Studies in Nuclear Codes and Standards
  • ENGR2130 Environmental Issues and Solutions for Nuclear Power
  • ECE-2250 Power Systems Engineering and Analysis
    • ECE-2774 Power Systems Analysis 2
    • ECE-2780 Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems
    • ECE-2781 Smart Grid Technologies and Applications
    • ECE-2795 Spec: Sustainable Systems Modeling
    • ECE-2795 Spec: Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources
    • ECE-2795 Spec: Protective Relaying and Automation
    • ECE-3775 Power System Steady State Control (Power Generation, Operation & Control 2)
    • ECE-3776 Power Systems Control and Stability
    • CEE-2204 Construction Law and Risk Management
    • CEE-2230 Building Information Modeling
    • CEE2347 Bridge Engineering
    • CEE-2730 Highway Engineering
    • ENGR-2633 Minerals Industry Risk Management
    • ENGR-2638 Mining Health and Safety
    • ENGR-2639 Mine Evaluation and Management