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 #6 among the nation’s Best Online Master's in Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report in 2024.

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Career Outlook

Management Analysts

14% increase in jobs through 2026

$82,450 median annual pay in 2017

Operations Research Analysts

27% increase in jobs through 2026

$81,390 median annual pay in 2017

Business Continuity Planners

5–9% increase in jobs through 2026

$70,010 median annual pay in 2017

Emergency Management Directors

8% increase in jobs through 2026

$72,760 median annual pay in 2017

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-18 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 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.


Canan Gunes Corlu

Canan Gunes Corlu

Associate Professor, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Supply Chain Management
PhD, MS, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; BS, Koc University

John Maleyeff

John Maleyeff

Associate Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Enterprise Risk Management
PhD, MS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA, East Stroudsburg State College

Vladimir Zlatev

Vladimir Zlatev

Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Digital Learning, Administrative Sciences; Coordinator, Applied Business Analytics
PhD, MS, BS, Dresden University of Technology

Visiting and Part-time Faculty

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


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

Michael Dolan, CBCP, CEM, EMT-B

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

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.