Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management, Master’s Degree

The Metropolitan College Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management provides students with a comprehensive understanding of enterprise-wide management for all foreseeable threats.

Utilizing enterprise risk management (ERM) principles and standards, this program is designed to provide the tools and concepts necessary to assess, plan for, prevent, and—when needed—successfully respond to a variety of disruptions in business operations. Students explore important issues relating to business continuity and risk management from a planning, operations, and response perspective. Topics presented include incident response and disaster recovery, compliance issues, and system-wide risk analysis and prediction. 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.

Awards & Accreditations

EPAS AccreditedAccredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS)


AACSB AccreditationAccredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management?

  • In 2016, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #6 among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBAs) by U.S. News & World Report.
  • MET’s online management programs are accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS), and Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • MET’s MS in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management is one of the few programs to immerse students in all aspects of risk management and organizational continuity.

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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

The Boston University Metropolitan College Master of Science in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management consists of twelve required online courses (48 credits).* Students who already hold the Graduate Certificate in Risk Management & Organizational Continuity may waive the four specialization courses.

With appropriate advanced planning, you can use degree electives from your online Master of Science in Banking & Financial Services 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.

*Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.

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

Core Courses

(Six courses/24 credits)

METAD632 Financial Concepts

Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr. [4 credits]

METAD642 Project Management

The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. [4 credits]

METAD648 Ecommerce

Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices. [4 credits]

METAD655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures

This course considers macroeconomic factors of relevance to the firm: aggregate economic activity, cyclical movements, and fiscal and monetary policies. The course reviews the problems of decision-making relating to demand, production, costs, market structure, and price, and provides an analysis of the interplay between governments, economic systems, labor, and multinational corporations (MNCs). Topics include: the basis for the existence, organization, and growth of MNCs; a comparison of major economic and government systems; areas include the impact on the firm's business transactions and trade due to taxation, regulation, legal environments and labor influences. This course additionally investigates the relationship between the interaction of national culture and development. Topics range from developing nations' rain forest and species management to pollution generated by developed nations. Culture, policy, and development are also discussed in relation to the impact of the business interactions (agriculture, fishing, technology transfer, etc.) among developing and developed nations. [4 credits]

METAD715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making

Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes. [4 credits]

METAD741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services

Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality. [4 credits]

Specialization Courses

(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]

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]

Plus one of the following:

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]

METAD616 Enterprise Risk Analytics

Prereq: METAD571
The course offers an overview of the key current and emerging enterprise risk analytical approaches used by corporations and governmental institutions and is focused on understanding and implementing the enterprise risk management framework on how to leverage the opportunities around a firm to increase firm value. The major risk categories of the enterprise risk management such as financial risk, strategic risk and operational risk will be discussed and risk analytics approaches for each of these risks will be covered. Students will learn how to use interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, business statistics, optimization techniques, simulation, and decision-support tools. An integrated enterprise risk analytics approach will be demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise. [4 credits]

METAD644 Project Risk and Cost Management

Prereq: MET AD642
This course introduces the art and science of project risk as well as continuity management and cost management. Managing the risk of a project as it relates to a three-part systematic process of identifying, analyzing, and responding is examined through actual case studies. Students learn how to manage the components of a project to assure it can be completed through both general and severe business disruptions on local, national, and international levels. Students learn the process of cost management, early cost estimation, detailed cost estimation, and cost control using earned value method. Students study in depth the issues of project procurement management and the different types of contracts for various scope scenarios. [4 credits]

METCS684 IT Security Policies and Procedures

This course enables IT professional leaders to identify emerging security risks and implement highly secure networks to support organizational goals. Discussion of methodologies for identifying, quantifying, mitigating and controlling risks. Students implement a comprehensive IT risk management plans (RMP) that identify alternate sites for processing mission-critical applications, and techniques to recover infrastructure, systems, networks, data and user access. The course also discusses related topics such as: disaster recovery, handling information security; protection of property, personnel and facilities; protection of sensitive and classified information, privacy issues, and criminal terrorist and hostile activities. [4 credits]

Additional Courses

(Two courses/8 credits)

Choose two additional Administrative Sciences graduate-level courses, with the advice of the Administrative Sciences department coordinator.

The following courses offered by other Metropolitan College departments are allowed with advisor approval:

METCJ610 Cybercrime

This course is designed to help students understand and apply the nature of computer crime in the criminal justice field. Several theories (both micro-level and macro-level) will be presented and will be analyzed in depth and applied to computer crime cases both past and present. Students will see how major theories have been re-developed to be applied to computer crime, and by using these theories, students will both develop and explore different strategies for future law enforcement. Students will be presented with common types of fraudulent schemes, as well as several laws that have been enacted and developed specifically for computer crime. In addition, causes, victimization, legal issues, control strategies, and societal costs regarding the "computer-crime" problem will be explored and evaluated. [4 credits]

METCJ650 Terrorism

This course will include a general introduction to the overt as well as underlying ideology, history, reasons and causes of terrorism. Both domestic and international terrorism will be discussed. Domestic hate groups will also receive particular attention. The roles of politics and the media will be discussed. Students will be exposed to the philosophies of terrorists and terrorism. Counter terrorism will also be discussed at length. Students are expected to participate actively in the course. There will be written assignments, a midterm, a class presentation, and a final paper. [4 credits]

METCS634 Agile Software Development

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of agile software development. Students learn techniques for initiating, planning and executing on software development projects using agile methodologies. Students will obtain practical knowledge of agile development frameworks and be able to distinguish between agile and traditional project management methodologies. Students will learn how to apply agile tools and techniques in the software development lifecycle from project ideation to deployment, including establishing an agile team environment, roles and responsibilities, communication and reporting methods, and embracing change. We also leverage the guidelines outlined by the Project Management Institute for agile project development as a framework in this course. [4 credits]

METCS684 IT Security Policies and Procedures

This course enables IT professional leaders to identify emerging security risks and implement highly secure networks to support organizational goals. Discussion of methodologies for identifying, quantifying, mitigating and controlling risks. Students implement a comprehensive IT risk management plans (RMP) that identify alternate sites for processing mission-critical applications, and techniques to recover infrastructure, systems, networks, data and user access. The course also discusses related topics such as: disaster recovery, handling information security; protection of property, personnel and facilities; protection of sensitive and classified information, privacy issues, and criminal terrorist and hostile activities. [4 credits]

METCS688 Web Analytics and Mining

The Web Analytics and Mining course covers the areas of web analytics, text mining, web mining, and practical application domains. The web analytics part of the course studies the metrics of web sites, their content, user behavior, and reporting. Google analytics tool is used for collection of web site data and doing the analysis. The text mining module covers the analysis of text including content extraction, string matching, clustering, classification, and recommendation systems. The web mining module studies how web crawlers process and index the content of web sites, how search works, and how results are ranked. Application areas mining the social web and game metrics will be extensively investigated. Laboratory Course. Prerequisites: MET CS 544, or MET CS 555 or equivalent knowledge, or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

Faculty

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Canan Gunes Corlu

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences; Faculty Coordinator for Applied Business Analytics Programs
PhD, MS, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; BS, Koc University

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Roger D. H. Warburton

Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences; Academic Coordinator for Project Management Programs

PhD, MS, University of Pennsylvania; BSc, Sussex University; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

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Vladimir Zlatev

Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences
PhD, MS, BS, Dresden University of Technology

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