Graduate Certificate in Risk Management (online)

Business and Economics Department

Degrees offered



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The Graduate Certificate in Risk Management prepares students to provide thoughtful, evidence-based approaches to reduce vulnerability, to minimize risk to achieve organizational goals, and to aquire the the knowledge and skills most in demand for careers in this growing field.

Program Objectives

This non-degree, graduate-level Certifcate Program is designed for students with a completed bachelor's degree and substantive professional experience that lends itself to developing risk expertise.  In particular, this Program of Study targets two student groups:  those who desire further professional qualifications but are not seeking a full Master's Program of Study, or, those who already have earned a graduate degree but seek further background and training in risk management. Students in this Program of Study should possess strong mathematical/quantitative skills, as evidenced in previous coursework. International students would need a strong command of the English language as indicated by an official TOEFL score (550 or higher).

Potential career opportunities include Risk Analyst, Risk Manager, Risk Management Consultant, Risk Control Supervisor, Director of Corporate Risk Management, and Chief Risk Officer.

The Certificate enables its graduates to:

      • Introduce the best practice techniques of risk management and risk analysis to their organizations;
      • Acquire the skills required to manage risks to avoid loss and to take prudent risks for potential gain;
      • Build on qualitative and quantitative risk assessment skills introduced and used in the Program;
      • Communicate effectively in crisis and risk situations that threaten your organization or its constituents and stakeholders; and,
      • Conduct one’s self-ethically in situations where systems breakdown and rules of conduct are challenged.

Curriculum (18 Credits)

          RIS-501 Risk Management (3)
          RIS-502 Risk Assessment (3)
          RIS-601 Uncertainty (3)
          RIS-602 Quantitative Risk Assessment (3)
          RIS-603 Risk Communication (3)
          RIS-630 Ethics and Risk Governance (3)

For the Certificate Program, no graduate credits may be transferred from other accredited institutions.

Working online with other professionals from around the nation and world, students will learn risk management, risk assessment, and risk communication in energizing, eight week courses. Students may complete required work when it is convenient.  This rigorous Program requires 12-20 hours per week.

Most students are currently employed and are acquiring the skills necessary to meeting the growing need for risk management in their own organizations. The Certificate Program is an excellent pairing with one’s current professional training that opens new opportunities in any field. This is not a risk management certification program.

Students can elect to prepare a portfolio of risk products and to design course exercises to meet the needs of their organization.