M.S. Risk Control

Are you interested in maintaining a safe workplace and preserving organizational assets?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers and Salary Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery On Campus

In today's competitive economy, organizations need risk control experts to effectively protect their human, financial, property and natural resource assets. UW-Stout's Master of Science degree in Risk Control will prepare you to identify, analyze and ultimately control the various risks inherent to an organization's manufacturing and service-based processes.

Our faculty promote high standards of achievement from students through personalized guidance and mentoring. Participating and encouraging involvement in professional-based associations connects students with professionals as well as employers.

    Labs like our Risk Control Center are at your disposal right on campus.

    As a student within the program, you will continuously integrate theory with realistic, practical problem–solving experiences in our Risk Control Center labs and local industrial settings. Our program is nationally recognized by major corporations for promoting both the technical and managerial skills that align with the demands of a highly dynamic profession.

    Our program emphasizes valuable and relevant content areas:

    • Broad technical base in employee safety and health, workplace design and engineering, regulatory compliance, risk finance, as well as public, property and environmental protection.
    • Strong management emphasis which promotes effective interface with all levels of an organization.
    Admission Requirements

    General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

    All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program.

    Program-Specific Application Requirements

    Please submit the following to apply to the M.S. Risk Control program:

    • Resume: please e-mail to the Program Director when submitting your application.
    • A one-page statement which describes the candidate's academic history, employment history, professional goals and personal development needs. Please e-mail your completed statement to the Program Director when submitting your application.

    Please know that the M.S. Risk Control Program Selection Committee will favor applicants who have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 as well as academic and workplace experience that aligns with the broad demands of the risk control profession.


    To earn a degree, a student must complete at least 39 graduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. 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

    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

    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 courses 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 a 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
    MSRC Advisory Board

    2018 MSRC Advisory Board

    • Dan Anderson, Safety Director
      Phillips Plastics Corp.
    • Victorio Angulo-Escudero, Safety Engineer
    • Mary Bauer, Compliance Officer
    • Brady Deal, Safety
      Anderson Corporation
    • Pamela Hart, Senior Risk Control Consultant
      Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA
    • Rene Hildermann, Senior consultant
      Aon Risk Solutions
    • Dale Krageschmidt, Industrial Hygienist
      Mayo Clinic
    • David Olson, Regional Risk Manager
      Federated Insurance
    • Connie Smith, Director of Risk Management
      UW-River Falls
    • Ben Wood, Safety Investigator, OSHA
      MN Department of Labor & Industry

    MSRC Leadership Representatives

    • Abel Adekola, Dean-COM; UW-Stout
    • James Keyes, Associate Dean-COM; UW-Stout
    • John Dzissah, Department Chair-O & M; UW-Stout
    • Brian Finder, Professor-Risk Control; UW-Stout
    • Jeanette Kersten, Assistant Professor; Operations & Management; UW-Stout
    Total Asset Protection Focus

    In the past 30 to 40 years, the nature of the profession has significantly changed in that the "risk manager" is now responsible for identifying, analyzing and guiding the control of risks that are a threat to all of an organization's assets. This total asset protection focus is reinforced through information and experiences that students receive from our program, and parallels the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) certification through the American Institute for Charted Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU).

    These assets:

    • Are present and at risk within most organizations.
    • Must be considered with every management decision.
    • Can easily be downgraded as a result of accidents.
    • Should be used to help drive needed process changes.

    This risk control model emphasizes:  

    1. How all of an organization's assets have money as the common denominator.
    2. Management's need to consider how any given decision might impact (positively or negatively) all of their organization's assets.
    3. How numerous assets can be downgraded as a result of workplace accidents.
    4. The need to reference all of these assets when it comes to cost-justifying needed process changes.   
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