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Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management

Overview

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This Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management builds on the four-course curriculum of the Boston University Metropolitan College Graduate Certificate in Risk Management & Organizational Continuity.

Designed to provide the tools and concepts necessary to plan for, prevent, and—when needed—successfully respond to disruptions in business operations, this concentration provides a review of important issues relating to business continuity, security, information and materials management, as well as risk management from a planning, operations, and response perspective. Topics presented include incident response and disaster recovery, compliance issues, and systemwide risk analysis. Business continuity is viewed organizationally to include all company operations, and addresses information, computer systems, infrastructure, personnel, and supply chain, as well as emergencies emanating from man-made and natural disasters.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in designing and evaluating exposures and the available response options, and developing appropriate plans for widely used enterprise risk management, business continuity planning, and disaster recovery frameworks and processes.
  • Skills in the use of quantitative and qualitative data to estimate the likelihood and severity of individual exposures.
  • The skills and abilities necessary to undertake management and leadership roles in the profession of enterprise continuity, with an appreciation of the broad issues of continuity, security, and risk management.
  • A broad understanding of the different aspects of business continuity as it impacts the continued operations of the firm, from supply-chain management through higher-level strategy development involving markets and industry sustainability.

With appropriate advanced planning, you can use degree electives from your online Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management to satisfy up to two required courses in an Administrative Sciences graduate certificate program—leaving only two additional courses to be completed in order to receive a graduate-level certificate.

Requirements

Students must complete the six core management courses in addition to the four Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management specialization courses, and two additional courses.

Students who have already earned the Risk Management & Organizational Continuity certificate may transfer their credits directly to the MS in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management, earning the master’s degree by completing just the six core courses and two additional courses.

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