Risk Management & Organizational Continuity

The Boston University online Graduate Certificate in Risk Management & Organizational Continuity (RMOC) is designed to provide business managers and public employees with the skills they need to formulate and execute the best possible response to a wide range of emergencies and disasters—from extreme weather to layoffs to a supply chain disruption.

Students who complete the online certificate will gain expertise in the proactive aspects of planning and strategy as well as the reactive aspects of crisis management and enterprise and organizational continuity. In addition to the technical and logistical issues facing emergency management professionals, the program focuses on understanding the psychological and social components—the human resources—of an organization. Topics covered by the RMOC certificate program include:

  • Preparedness planning
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • The interface between private and public response
  • The human, technological, and logistical factors of crisis recovery
  • The development of a system-wide continuity plan

Each online course features a case-study simulation that requires students to apply the concepts from their coursework under emergency-like conditions.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Risk Management & Organizational Continuity will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in designing and evaluating exposures and available response options, as well as developing appropriate plans for enterprise risk management, business continuity planning, and disaster recovery frameworks and processes.
  • Skills in the use of quantitative and qualitative data use to estimate company risk exposure.
  • A broad understanding of the different aspects of business continuity as it impacts the continued operations of the firm, from supply-chain through higher-level strategy development involving industry sustainability.

Why Choose BU’s Certificate in Risk Management & Organizational Continuity?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the MS in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management, ranked #6 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBAs) by U.S. News & World Report, 2016.
  • Learning from expert faculty from MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, professionals in the public and private sectors will benefit from this opportunity to address both the human and operational factors of a workplace crisis while gaining knowledge that prepares them for courseware offered by DRI International, leading to possible certification in business continuity management.
  • Boston University certificate programs comprise just four courses (16 credits) and provide essential skills and capabilities in high-growth industry areas. Certificate programs also provide a pathway to Metropolitan College management degree programs.

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Career Outlook

Management Analysts

14% increase in jobs through 2024

$81,320 median annual pay in 2015

Operations Research Analysts

30% increase in jobs through 2024

$78,630 median annual pay in 2015

Business Continuity Planners

8% increase in jobs through 2024

$68,170 median annual pay in 2015

Emergency Management Directors

6% increase in jobs through 2024

$67,330 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Risk Management & Organizational Continuity (RMOC) consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Students interested in further study may transfer credits earned for the Graduate Certificate in Risk Management & Organizational Continuity toward degree requirements for the Boston University online Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management.

(Four courses/16 credits)

METAD610 Enterprise Risk Management

This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of risk assessment and operational continuity using the project management framework of planning, organizing, and control. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; the security aspects of the firm; an overview of the system-wide structure?as well as the organizations within that structure?designed to plan for and respond to local or national crisis; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. 4 cr [4 credits]

METAD612 COO-Public Emergency Management

This course examines emergency management from national, state, local, and family perspectives of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. The course encompasses knowledge of the specific agencies, organizations, and individual behaviors in emergency management as well as the interlinking partnerships between/among these groups. Areas of discussion include: responsibilities at federal, state, community and individual levels; guidelines and procedures for operations and compliance such as the National response Plan; Incident Command Systems (ICS); exercises; plan development, command, and control; communication; partnership development and maintenance; leadership; and numerous other elements related to effective emergency management. The unique and critical roles of private and public partnerships are reviewed and particular attention is paid to the interplay and interdependency among national, state, community, business (public and private), and the individual. 4cr. [4 credits]

METAD613 Enterprise Risk Planning and Compliance

Prereq: MET AD610
Students are exposed to the important issues relating to corporate and organizational security and risk from both the perspective of systems designed to protect against disasters and aspects of emergency preparedness should systems fail. Security areas of study include information technology, terrorism, and other organization disruptions. Students study proactive risk assessment through management risk analysis techniques and simulations. Students will be able to design a company or agency global assurance plan, organize the strategy to make the plan operational, and implement control measures to assess the plan's degree of success. The course also provides explanations of legal/regulatory, auditing, and industry- specific requirements related to compliance, control, and reporting issue sin business risk management. The role of establishing and maintaining standards by local, national, and international agencies is discussed, as is the importance of these agencies in certifying operations. 4 credits [4 credits]

METAD614 Disaster Management

Prereq: MET AD610
This course takes concepts covered in MET AD610 and MET AD613 and applies them in more detail mainly to the corporate-private sector environment. During this course, we will first review the organization and processes necessary to effectively respond to and manage incidents, including the transition from emergency response and incident management to business recovery. Finally, the course will focus on disaster recovery, with an emphasis on technology recovery, an absolutely essential but sometimes overlooked component of any successful corporate recovery program. 4 credits [4 credits]

 

Getting Started

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