UAB SOE website bannerASEM website banner

This unique program features:
  • The 1st master’s degree in engineering with safety emphasis offered totally online
  • Designed for working safety professionals
  • Current Best Practices and “Prevention through Design” curriculum
  • Focus on leading through change and/or crisis
  • Faculty comprised of prominent industry practitioners & researchers
  • Easy online admission/enrollment process
  • Engineering undergraduate degree recommended, but not required
  • No GRE entrance exam required
  • No TOEFL required for international students
  • No in-class/on-campus requirements
  • Finish in only five semesters
  • Experiential and peer-to-peer learning
  • All students pay in-state tuition

This is the only engineering master's degree designed for working professionals. Distinguish yourself with this totally online degree in just 18 months.

Watch the video



UAB celebrates the graduation of its inaugural class of Safety Blazers

Watch the video


“Live, real-time online lectures and that is something I was looking forward too. Also the peer-to-peer learning.” - Albertine Doibo Nigerian Petroleum

Watch the video


“You start looking at how things can be better and how you can solve a problem before it becomes a problem.”
- Tony Davis, American Mining Insurance Company 

“UAB’s reputation is stellar. It’s a tremendous privilege for me to be a part of the program.”
- Rose M. Lindsey, NASA

Watch the video



Where does safety begin? In this video, we answer this important question. And provide a detailed overview of the program

Watch the video

High-Ranking Online Programs

ASEM is proud to announce that in 2017 we have been recognized as one of the top online graduate engineering programs in the United States. We improved our ranking to #28 among all online graduate engineering programs in the country.

“As a relatively young school, we have worked hard over the years to increase our name recognition among the more established engineering schools,” says Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering. “This ranking reflects the commitment we have made in recent years to be leaders in shaping engineering education for the 21st century.”

The ranking is based on four tracks UAB offers in its all-online master of engineering (MEng) degree program:

Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (ASEM)
Construction Engineering Management (CEM)
Information Engineering Management (IEM)
Civil Structural Engineering (CSE)
A fifth track—a MEng in Sustainable Smart Cities—is being offered for the first time in the spring semester but was not online at the time the program was rated.

Established in 2000, the IEM track was establishe as part of an effort to tailor a degree to meet the needs of current working professionals. “"Our passion is to help clients reach their unique professional and career goals by enhancing their technical and management skills,” says IEM Director Dale Callahan, Ph.D. “We love using innovative classroom techniques and incorporating the newest technologies to enhance the online experience for people all over the globe. We believe that no matter where you are, where you come from, or where you want to go, you can be equipped to succeed. We network with major business leaders and hire current industry professionals to be faculty to maintain curriculum that consistently meets today's evolving industry demands. Our clients graduate prepared to make a huge impact in the world's economy."

“Being recognized as a top engineering graduate program by the U.S. News and World Report is very meaningful and reflects the passion and effort the faculty and staff have put into the program,” says ASEM Associate Director Donald Burke, Ph.D. “This recognition will greatly support our efforts in recruiting exceptional students to the MEng in ASEM and in promoting the program’s name in the safety field.”

While each of these programs represent the School of Engineering’s readiness to utilize new technological approaches to education, they also show the need to be constantly mindful of areas where innovation is required to keep up with a constantly changing technological landscape. In recent years, these changes have allowed UAB’s MEng program to remain competitive with an increasing number of online offerings from other universities. According to the U.S. News & World Report web site, “28 percent of the schools surveyed said they would be offering online engineering master's degree programs, while the rest either said they would not or chose not to respond. This count is up from 80 schools the previous year.”

“Every semester we assess the ASEM curriculum and the delivery of the content to be sure we are continually improving and are providing our students the best learning environment and instruction possible,” says Burke. “We have carefully built a core group of faculty as well as a prestigious and engaged advisory council, both of whom are made up of industry leaders in the field—experienced and enthusiastic for teaching and sharing their knowledge.“