Online Safety Degree

osha trainingColumbia Southern University offers completely online safety degrees. Covering a range of subjects such as hazardous materials management, construction safety, osha safety training and accident investigation, our associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of workplace safety and health standards.

Since September 11, 2001, the demand for occupational safety and health specialists has grown along with the increased need for emergency preparedness. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, federal, state and local government jobs are expected to continue their growth through 2014.

Online Occupational Safety & Health Degrees at Columbia Southern University

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals will recognize CSU degrees for the application process under the Associate Safety Professional certification and the Certified Safety Professional certification.

In addition, CSU bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational safety and health and master’s degree in emergency services management have been approved by the Institute for Safety and Health Management as meeting the educational requirements for the Certified Safety and Health Manager designation (CSHM).

ISHM LogoAs a result of CSU's approval status with the ISHM, those who complete our bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health are eligible to receive the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) designation.

Get to Know Julie Carter


Get to Know Julie Carter

Julie Carter Seated To say CSU occupational safety and health graduate and student Julie Carter is passionate might be an understatement.

The corporate director with Roy Anderson Corporation exudes a sincere love for her work. Carter is serious about helping others work in a safe and healthy environment. With 25 years of experience in OSH, she works in a complex world of rules and guidelines which can mean the difference between life and death in some cases.

As she teaches the gospel of safety, her reasoning remains simple and direct.

“I do it because it’s the right thing to do,” said Carter, who is also the chair of the Construction Division of the National Safety Council. She added that she gets satisfaction from her job by “knowing I am making a difference educating people on working safely and preventing injuries and death.”

Her passion was evident in her work with the IHNC surge barrier project in New Orleans in 2011 when she worked as the safety manager. Her efforts with the barrier, which was built to protect the city from hurricanes, helped lead to it becoming one of Popular Science’s top 2011 engineering projects.

Carter said OSH really chose her.

“I was in the field, as project manager/superintendent, and the opportunity was given to become a safety manager. At that time, I decided to pursue both my degree and certifications to become the best safety manager I could be,” the 53-year-old Metairie, La., resident explained.

On the recommendation of a CSU student and learning that the Board of Certified Safety Professionals recognizes CSU programs, Carter decided to pursue an OSH bachelor’s degree with the online university.

Carter said she was pleased with the courses “and the personal attention and interaction with the professors. They are truly involved and willing to help, not just ‘monitors.’ I always recommend CSU to people and have all of my site safety personnel enrolled. The curriculum is solid and relevant.”

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in OSH, she is currently seeking a doctorate in business administration at CSU.

“CSU met or exceeded my expectations through the bachelor’s degree program. I am finding the same to be true in the master’s program. The flexibility of distance learning fits my busy schedule, and the coursework stimulates my thinking,” she said.

See all the safety related degrees at CSU

About CSU

Columbia Southern University, one of the nation’s first completely online universities, was developed to provide working adults with an alternative to the traditional university experience. Our mission is to change lives through education by offering affordable, flexible, quality academic opportunities and extraordinary service, enabling adults to maximize their professional and personal potential, and serve the communities in which they live and work.

Online associate, bachelor, master, doctorate and certificate programs are available in a variety of fields including fire science, criminal justice, business administration, information technology, human resource management and occupational safety and health.

CSU also offers:

  • Accredited Programs
  • Flexible Learning
  • Textbooks Provided Through CSU Book Grant
  • No ACT, SAT, GRE or GMAT Required
  • TA and VA Benefits
  • Complimentary Tutoring Services


deac logoColumbia Southern University (CSU) is an accredited member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. All CSU programs have been reviewed and approved by DEAC.

CHEAAdditionally, the DEAC is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a nonprofit organization serving as the national advocate for self-regulation through accreditation. Institutional membership is limited to nationally or regionally accredited colleges or universities.

Tuition & Financing

When comparing quality and cost, CSU is your best option. Our tuition is competitively priced to make achieving a quality education affordable and realistic for the average person.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid offers grant and loan programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. CSU participates in several grant and loan programs available through Federal Student Aid. Most CSU students who meet the following criteria may be eligible to receive financial aid. For more information, visit the Financial Aid section of the website.

Military Educational Benefits

CSU is approved to offer DANTES, Tuition Assistance (TA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits.  Additional education funding is available to those approved for TA and eligible for MGIB-Active Duty benefits. In addition, all service members receive an application fee waiver. Immediate family members of active-duty service members will receive the waiver and a ten percent tuition discount. For more information about military educational benefits, visit the military section of the website.