Enterprise Risk Management Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College 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 Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management 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.

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management Program Options

Available on campus and in the following formats:

  • Online
  • Blended: By combining the convenience of online study and the dynamic of face-to-face learning, the blended format provides added flexibility and new avenues of opportunity for those with demanding schedules.

Prior to starting a certificate program, students are required to submit a graduate application and an official transcript conferring a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or the international equivalent). Students must be admitted into a certificate program prior to taking courses, in order for those courses to be credited toward the certificate.

For application materials, visit the MET Admissions page.

A 3.0 GPA is required for certificate award, and no course with a grade below B- may be credited toward the certificate. Individuals considering using graduate certificate courses toward the Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management (MSERMmust:

  • Apply to the MSERM master’s degree program prior to completing two courses
  • Recognize that grades earned in certificate courses will not be used in the admission decision process
  • Meet the department’s academic admission requirements

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Carroll PSY B51 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Carroll ARR
XP IND Carroll ARR

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Byrne CAS B27 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Jennings W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

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 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Weidman CAS 208 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Weidman ARR

The course presents, assesses, and discusses the contemporary theories, methods and practices related to business continuity (BC), business continuity management (BCM) and resiliency planning. The course incorporates the underpinnings of enterprise-wide risk management (ERM); however, it is designed to focus on broad-based threats, vulnerabilities, unexpected events, emergencies, and crises that may impacts organizations and their leaders and professionals. The course focuses on the design, development and applications of resilience, emergency planning, crisis management, BC, and disaster recovery used by organizations in the private sector. It presents a comprehensive, cutting-edge framework pertaining BCM in complex organizations and challenging environments.

The course elements are divided into two parts. Part I addresses the fundamental concepts and constructs, including leadership, governance, policy, strategy, program management, the driving forces of change, taxonomy of threats, risks, and business impact analysis (BIA). BIA is an important technique used for identifying and developing strategies to take advantages of opportunities and to prevent, prepare for, and mitigate negative impacts. Part II provides descriptive and analytical perspectives pertaining to prevention, emergency preparedness, resiliency plans, crisis management, emergency responses, BC, and disaster recovery. Resiliency and emergency planning involve preparing for unplanned events that can cause significant harm to employees, stakeholders, customers, the community, and the public, especially ones that can disrupt systems, processes and operations, cause physical injuries, environmental damage, asset destruction, and threaten the finances and or public image of the company. Monitoring, auditing, and communications are special topics pertaining to the ongoing efforts to ensure that BCM is functioning properly.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Rainey EPC 204 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Rainey ARR

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