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Become a Risk Management Professional

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Risk & Responsibility

Gain Sought-After Skills and Expertise to Secure Your Career

With a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Risk and Responsibility from St. Thomas, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the political, legal, economic and environmental risks that organizations face. Learn to develop comprehensive, effective risk management strategies.

Our curriculum was developed with input from industry experts and employers, to address the high demand for skills in risk evaluation and decision theory, corporate governance, compliance programs and processes, and organizational business ethics. Corporate social responsibility, sustainability and resilience are also considered, and how they relate to these risk challenges. This program gives you knowledge and skills in these critical areas, and gives you a competitive edge in the workplace.

Flexible and convenient for working professionals, earn the certificate at your own pace by taking evening, on-campus courses after your regular workday. You can earn this certificate on its own, or earn it concurrently with a St. Thomas MBA degree. Either way, this certificate will add valued credentials to your resume.

Program Overview

  • Format & Schedule
  • Admission Requirements
  • Degree Programs
  • Career Impact
  • Format & Schedule

    The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Risk and Responsibility program has both required and elective classes that you can complete at your own pace. Take one or more evening courses per term to earn your certificate while you work. You can also earn the certificate as you pursue an MBA from St. Thomas.

    Students are required to earn 12 credits:

    • 2 required courses
    • 1 elective course
    • 1 professional effectiveness course
    Complete the program in as few as 12 months, or go at a slower pace to earn your certificate.
    Explore the Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    • MBA from a regionally-accredited institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent) OR acceptance into a St. Thomas MBA program
    • Application form and essays
    • 2 years’ work experience recommended
    • Related professional experience is valuable, but not required
    See Application Checklist

    Degree Programs

    Are you planning to earn your St. Thomas MBA and this certificate at the same time? Explore our different degree programs, including Full-time, Part-time Flex, and Online.

    See Degrees and Programs

    Career Impact

    Meet the significant demand for risk management professionals in regulated industries with a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Risk and Responsibility. Show current and future employers that you can help their companies meet industry requirements while managing their corporate responsibility.

    See Career Impact

    Format & Schedule

    The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Risk and Responsibility program has both required and elective classes that you can complete at your own pace. Take one or more evening courses per term to earn your certificate while you work. You can also earn the certificate as you pursue an MBA from St. Thomas.

    Students are required to earn 12 credits:

    • 2 required courses
    • 1 elective course
    • 1 professional effectiveness course
    Complete the program in as few as 12 months, or go at a slower pace to earn your certificate.
    See Career Impact

    Admission Requirements

    • MBA from a regionally-accredited institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent) OR acceptance into a St. Thomas MBA program
    • Application form and essays
    • 2 years’ work experience recommended
    • Related professional experience is valuable, but not required
    See Career Impact

    Degree Programs

    Are you planning to earn your St. Thomas MBA and this certificate at the same time? Explore our different degree programs, including Full-time, Part-time Flex, and Online.

    See Career Impact

    Career Impact

    Meet the significant demand for risk management professionals in regulated industries with a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Risk and Responsibility. Show current and future employers that you can help their companies meet industry requirements while managing their corporate responsibility.

    See Career Impact

    Featured Courses

    Risk Management

    In this course, you will learn how to: 1. Engage boards and executive management to get risk management onto their agendas. 2. Translate risk policy into risk management systems and structures. 3. Knit together the existing technical specialist infrastructure. 4. Develop sufficient risk management competence among the entire organization. 5. Communicate relevant risk information to external stakeholders.

    Compliance Programming

    This course will explore compliance program elements such as assessment, communication and training, investigations and discipline, reporting and disclosure, auditing and monitoring, and remediation, as well as how to measure their effectiveness.

    Strategic Sustainability

    Learn how the enduring success of business is influenced by challenges that are beyond the capacity of any single organization to control. These challenges include, for example, economic forces; social forces; environmental forces; and technological forces. Today, sustainability is often central to business strategy because of these market and moral imperatives.

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