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, numerous organizations employ on-staff risk control/safety professionals to assist with the protection of human, property, financial and environmental assets. UW-Stout's M.S. Risk Control degree will prepare you to serve as a risk control/safety professional who can identify, analyze and ultimately control the various employee safety and operations risks which are inherent to manufacturing as well as service-based processes.

Our faculty promote high standards of communication, management and technical-based achievement with the program students through personalized guidance and mentoring. Students are heavily encouraged to work with area employers for course-related assignments as well as participate in professional-based associations to enhance their understanding of various risk control/safety concepts.

    Matt Surdick, Alumnus

    The reason I chose to attend the Risk Control Masters Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout was based on the methods they used to develop and prepare students for post-graduate careers.

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

    The M.S. Risk Control program emphasizes the following valuable and relevant content areas:

    • A broad technical base in employee protection, workplace design and engineering principles, regulatory compliance, risk finance, as well as public, property and environmental protection.
    • A strong management emphasis which promotes effective communication as well as collaboration skills to prompt management personnel to alter the method(s) of managing moderate to high process risks. 

    Total Asset Protection Focus

    In the past 35 to 40 years, the nature of the profession has significantly changed in that the "risk manager" is now responsible for identifying, analyzing and guiding management’s 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 through our program’s courses and parallels the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) certification through the American Institute for Charted Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU).  Below is the risk control model that is heavily reinforced throughout the M.S. Risk Control program:

    Diagram of the risk control model


    The above risk control model emphasizes:  

    1. The various assets that risk control/safety support personnel typically strive to protect. 
    2. How all of an organization's assets have money as the common denominator.
    3. Management's need to consider how any given decision might impact (positively or negatively) all of their organization's assets.
    4. The various assets can be downgraded as a result of workplace accidents.
    5. The need for management to consider all of the organization’s assets when cost-justifying needed process changes.   

    In a nutshell, an organization’s risk control/safety personnel serve as agents of change who help identify moderate to high-risk situations that place various assets at risk. Such personnel then work closely with the applicable management to identify as well as implement the necessary equipment and procedures to bring unacceptable risks down to a reasonable level. This type of organizational service is what UW-Stout’s M.S. Risk Control program strives to convey in all of the course objectives and associated classroom experiences.

    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:

    • Transcripts of all prior associate, undergraduate and graduate-level academic studies.
    • An online application form which provides address and prior academic information.
    • A professionally-written one-page document which describes the candidate's academic as well as employment history, professional goals and personal development needs.


    The M.S. Risk Control Program Selection Committee will favor applicants who possess 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 M.S. Risk Control degree, a student must complete a minimum of 39 graduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. A minimum of 20 credits must be completed in 700 to 800-level courses that are only available to graduate students. Students with limited risk control / safety work experience are highly advised to participate in an industry-based summer co-op position in conjunction with the structured Risk Control Co-Op course in order to graduate with a greater degree of professional 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 professional growth, all students are required to complete a minimum two-credit applied research field problem. In this process, students must identify a risk-potential and/or loss 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. Various 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
    • Insurance Protection
    MSRC Advisory Board

    2018 MSRC Advisory Board

    • Victorio Angulo-Escudero, Safety Engineer; 3M
    • Mary Bauer, Osha Compliance Officer; DOL-OSHA
    • Jeanette Black, Associate Professor, Operations & Management; UW-Stout
    • Ken Christenson, Senior Safety Engineer, 3M
    • John Dzissah, Department Chair-O & M; UW-Stout
    • Brian Finder, Professor-Risk Control; UW-Stout
    • Justin Gillette, Vice President, Hays Companies of Minnesota
    • Cory Goldschmidt, Corporate Safety Director, Boldt
    • Rene Hilgemann, Director; Aon Risk Solutions, Aon Global Risk Consulting, Casualty Risk Control
    • Uhlir, Jim, Executive Director, Health & Safety, UW-Stout
    • Gindy Neidermyer, CSTEMM Associate Dean, UW-Stout
    • Ben Wood, Safety Investigator, OSHA; MN Department of Labor & Industry
    Obtaining my Master's degree is one of my proudest moments. UW-Stout truly changed my life.
    Ashley Neby M.S. Risk Control

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