To earn a degree, a student must complete at least 39 graduate credits with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. A minimum of 20 credits must be in courses open only to graduate students (700-800 level). Students with limited risk control work experience are advised to take additional credits (in the form of an internship) in order to graduate with a greater degree of competence.

Professional Foundation Courses

Construction site tour

The credit distribution includes 14 credits of coursework which provide both a managerial and research orientation to the field of risk control. These courses include:

  • Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Management
  • Field Problem in Risk Control
  • Risk Management Applications
  • Loss Control Systems
  • Organizational Research Methods

Required Technical Courses

Risk Control students on a tour

A minimum of 25 technical course credits are required and the program director may tailor such for each student, based his/her level of academic preparation, work experience and career goals. These technical courses will typically include:

  • Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Standards
  • Fire Protection
  • Ergonomics/Human Factors Engineering
  • Fleet Risk Control Management
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Process Hazard Management
  • Industrial Hygiene Instrumentation
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Toxicological Effects in Humans


Applied Research

Because the degree couples a theoretical base with real-world experience for long-term growth, all students are required to complete a minimum two-credit applied research field problem. In this process, students must identify a loss-potential/producing situation in business setting, research the causes of the problem, and then develop solutions in the form of an applied graduate research paper. Subject areas which may serve as the basis for the field problem include:

  • Fire Protection
  • Injury/Loss Analysis
  • Worker Compensation
  • Employee Rehabilitation
  • Work Station Design/Ergonomics
  • Chemical and Biological Exposure Control
  • Trenching and Excavating
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Fleet Loss Analysis
  • Employee Training
  • Emergency Planning
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Fall Protection