Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Risk Management


Degrees offered


This online program prepares participants to provide thoughtful, evidence-based approaches to reduce vulnerability; minimize risk to achieve organizational goals; and to aquire the the knowledge and skills most in demand for careers in this growing field.

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 who desire further professional qualifications but are not seeking a full master's program, or who already have a graduate degree. Students 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.

For the certificate program, no graduate credits may be transferred from other accredited institutions.

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)


RIS-501 Risk Management

Provides an introduction to the risk analysis paradigm where organizations intentionally manage, assess and communicate about risk. Risk management is about making effective decisions under conditions of uncertainty. A generic risk management model is introduced and developed. Students learn to apply several risk management methodologies. [ 3 credits ]

RIS-502 Risk Assessment

Provides an introduction to a generic and generalizable risk assessment model as well as to several qualitative risk assessment techniques. Students learn to apply qualitative techniques. [ 3 credits ]

RIS-601 Uncertainty

Surveys epistemic and aleatory uncertainty. Explores the use of probability distributions to address these sources of uncertainty. Explores the use of probability to represent uncertainty using probability distributions. [ 3 credits ]

RIS-602 Quantitative Risk Assessment

Introduces deterministic and probabilistic risk assessment. Students learn to build and use probabilistic risk assessment models. Emphasis is placed on communicating uncertainty to decision makers. [ 3 credits ]

RIS-603 Risk Communication

Prepares students to respond professionally to the special challenges of coordination among risk managers and risk assessors and focuses primarily on risk and crisis communication where there is considerable uncertainty. Students learn how to map risk communication messages. [ 3 credits ]

RIS-630 Ethics and Risk Governance

Examines the ethical issues and social responsibility related to risk problems through the lends of current events. Topics include such things as ethical principals in the face of system collapse, protecting the most vulnerable, the public's role in decision making, and managing risk for development. [ 3 credits ]