Online Enterprise Risk Management Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management at Boston University 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.

Offered online, on campus, and in a blended format, the Enterprise Risk Management certificate provides students with 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 Enterprise Risk Management graduate 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 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 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.

Why Choose BU’s Certificate in Enterprise Risk 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.
  • 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.
  • Online certificate programs share courses and instructors with MET’s master’s degree programs in management, ranked #9 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.

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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.


Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management consists of four required courses (16 credits).

Students interested in further study may transfer credits earned for the Enterprise Risk Management graduate certificate toward degree requirements for the Boston University Master of Science in Enterprise 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]

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]

METAD617 Business Continuity Management

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 credits]


John Maleyeff

John Maleyeff

Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences
PhD, MS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA, East Stroudsburg State College

Canan Gunes Corlu

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

Vladimir Zlatev

Vladimir Zlatev

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

Visiting and Part-time Faculty

Donald Byrne

Donald Byrne, CBCP, CDCE, ISO Lead Auditor, TIA 942 Lead Auditor

President and CEO, METRIX411; Host, Business IQ Radio Show (WBNH); Chair, TIA Committee on Edge Data Centers
MBA, Southern New Hampshire University; BA, St. John University

Mark Carroll


Senior Vice President and Business Risk Officer with Income Research + Management (IR+M), Boston; Editorial Advisory Board, Continuity Insights
MBA, Babson College; BA, Boston College

Michael Dolan

Michael Dolan, CBCP, CEM, EMT-B

Business Continuity Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
MS, Canisius College; BA, Salve Regina University

Michael Jennings


Senior Director and Practice Leader, Resiliam; Editorial Advisory Board, Continuity Insights
MS, Boston University; BA, Norwich University

Stephen A. Morash

Stephen A. Morash

Director of Emergency Response Planning, Boston University; Emergency Response Core Director, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory
Boston State College; Massachusetts Bay Community College

David L. Rainey

David L. Rainey

Visiting Professor of the Practice
PhD, MS, MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MBA, Western New England College; BS, University of Connecticut

David Weidman

David Weidman, CBCP, CIA, CSP

Former Director (retired) of Business Continuity, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA)
MBA, Suffolk University; BA, Colgate University

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