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Online Graduate Certificate Program In Risk Management

Learn more about this course at NDMU Online

"If a measure of course usefulness is reflected by the use of material in the work environment, this course is a success. I have used many techniques and principles from this first course at work. I can't wait to learn more." 

Get the essential credential to help your company, organization or clients successfully assess risk and make strategic decisions in the face of uncertainty. Call 410-532-5317 now to sign up for the Fall 2016 session--spaces are limited.


Notre Dame's online, post-baccalaureate RISK MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE program will allow you to:

  • Provide thoughtful, evidence-based approaches to reduce vulnerability
  • Minimize risk to achieve organizational goals
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills most in demand for careers in this growing field
  • Serve as a risk manager, risk assessor or risk communicator

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For experienced professionals in all fields 

Designed for those individuals already conducting risk assessments or those seeking certification for career advancement, the broad-based curriculum makes this program ideal for experienced professionals in all fields, including:

  • Public Health
  • Engineering
  • Food industry
  • Financial services
  • Federal and state environmental, energy or safety agencies
  • Construction, housing and contracting
  • Public Safety
  • Insurance
  • Communications and public relations
  • And more!

Program focus

  • Critical thinking
  • Qualitative and quantitative assessment
  • Ethics and risk governance
  • Risk modeling
  • Risk communication

Courses (all 3 graduate credits)

RIS 501 Risk Management  Provides an introduction to the risk analysis paradigm where organizations intentionally manage, assess and communicate about risk. Risk management is about making effective decisions under conditions of uncertainty. A generic risk management model is introduced and developed. Students learn to apply several risk management methodologies.

RIS 502 Risk Assessment  Provides an introduction to a generic and generalizable risk assessment model as well as to several qualitative risk assessment techniques. Students learn to apply qualitative techniques.

RIS 601 Uncertainty  Surveys epistemic and aleatory uncertainty. Explores the use of probability distributions to address these sources of uncertainty in a wide variety of decision contexts. Students learn to represent uncertainty using probability distributions.

RIS 602 Quantitative Risk Assessment  Introduces deterministic and probabilistic risk assessment. Students learn to build and use probabilistic risk assessment models. Emphasis is placed on communicating uncertainty to decision makers.

RIS 603 Risk Communication. Prepares students to respond professionally to the special challenges of coordination among risk managers and risk assessors and focuses primarily on risk and crisis communication where there is considerable uncertainty. Students learn how to map risk communication messages.

RIS 630 Ethics and Risk Governance. Examines the ethical issues and social responsibility related to risk problems through the lens of current events. Topics include such things as ethical principals in the face of system collapse, protecting the most vulnerable, the public's role in decision making, and managing risk for development.


$1085 per course; $6,000 if all courses are registered for at one time ($510 savings).


Completion of bachelor's degree
Undergraduate GPA of 3.5


Graduate GPA of 3.3
Substantive professional experience that lends itself to developing risk expertise
Strong command of the English language

At completion of the six course program, students will receive a transcript indicating completion of the post-baccalaureate certificate in Risk Management.


Photo of Charlie YoeProgram Director Dr. Charles Yoe

As an internationally recognized authority on risk analysis, Dr. Yoe brings decades of experience in risk management to bear in designing this curriculum and leading the program. He has developed and delivered made-to-order risk analysis training programs in more than two dozen countries, has trained professionals from over 75 nations, and has worked on dozens of risk assessment projects—primarily in food safety, international trade, and natural and environmental resources. The author of three texts and numerous articles, he has most recently been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a risk assessment on aquatic nuisance species moving between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins and with United States Pharmacopeia to rank the risks of multiple ingredient dietary supplements. He earned his Ph.D. in agricultural and natural resource economics from University of Maryland College Park in 1986 and has taught economics at Notre Dame of Maryland University (Baltimore, Maryland) since 1988.

Ademar Bechtold, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics Economics, International Business

Darcy Conant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics Statistical Analysis, DataMining

Debra M. Franklin, Ph.D. Professor of Communication Arts Crisis Communication, Public Relations Management