The Advanced Safety Engineering Management Program is for safety professionals who are working full time and want to distinguish themselves among their peers. Graduates of the program are trained to implement Best Practices and “Prevention through Design” concepts in the workplace, lead confidently through change and/or crisis, and bring their ideas to the engineering design table.

Why a MBA?

While safety professionals often possess analytical capability that is highly valued in the business world, they often lack the business skills to leverage this capability. Leaders need to synthesize diverse information and re-package it, so that people can understand it. Management requires the ability to connect with others, collaborate on projects and influence your co-workers to meet safety goals. Those interested in management, or starting their own companies, need to be able to tackle larger and more abstract strategic problems such as project management, budgets, forecasting, cost estimation, and proposal development.


The UAB Collat School of Business offers a world-class business education in the heart of Alabama’s economic center and is fully accredited by AACSB International, the most prestigious accrediting agency for business education in the world. Students have unfettered access to Birmingham’s business elite, who provide real-world instruction in applying theoretical learning to actual business situations. Additionally, UAB’s MBA faculty include some of the most sought-after thought leaders in their fields, those pushing the boundaries with topical, practical research that goes beyond the “why” to also ask “what if”. The school’s location near downtown Birmingham provides endless opportunities to infuse experiential learning into the traditional classroom experience.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission - July 1st
  • Spring Admission - November 1st
  • Summer - December 1st


Students who wish to pursue coordinated ASEM/MBA degrees must apply and be admitted to the ASEM program and the MBA program independently. In this dual degree program, students can apply 2 courses from the ASEM program toward the MBA program as electives, leaving ASEM/MBA students with 10 courses to take in the MBA program. All ASEM courses are taught online. MBA courses can be taken online or in the classroom, meeting once a week in the evenings.

Required Documents for MBA Admission

  • Completed application including current resume, 500-word statement of purpose, and 3 professional references
  • Test score requirement for the MBA program can be waived with admission to the ASEM program.


donny burke

Donald Burke, PhD

Program Director
Assistant Professor
(205) 975-3891