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Online Graduate Certificate Program In Risk Management

Learn more about this certificate program 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." 


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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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.


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.