Curriculum

36 points for degree completion On campus or online
Part-time or full-time program* Fall and Spring intake
3-6 consecutive terms to complete**

* International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll full-time (12 credits per term) and study on campus.
** Non-native English speakers may be required to successfully complete an American Language Program (ALP) course at Columbia prior to their first semester.

Study consists of nine required courses (27 points) and three elective courses (9 points). For the Capstone course, you will assess a case study of an organization’s ERM program and recommend/implement enhancements, demonstrating the application of all the major skills and techniques learned; the case study will be based on actual ERM programs in the marketplace. Based on your professional interests and goals, and in consultation with the program director, you will customize your study through selection of Risk Category Courses and electives.

Courses

All courses are three points.

Core ERM Courses

All seven courses are required.

Risk Category Courses

Choose two.

Electives

Choose three. Risk Category Courses (beyond the two required courses) may also serve as electives. You may choose a maximum of two Business Electives.

ERM Electives

Business Elective


BUSI PS5001. Introduction to Finance. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term

Description

Students will be introduced to the fundamental financial issues of the modern corporation. By the end of this course, students will understand the basic concepts of financial planning, managing growth; debt and equity sources of financing and valuation; capital budgeting methods; and risk analysis, cost of capital, and the process of securities issuance.

BUSI PS5009. Financial Accounting. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term

Description

Students will examine the generally accepted account principles (GAAP) underlying financial statements and their implementation in practice. The perspective and main focus of the course is from the users of the information contained in the statements, including investors, financial analysts, creditors and, management. By the end of this class students will be able to construct a cash flow statement, balance sheet and decipher a 10K report.

BUSI PS5010. Managing Human Behavior in the Organization. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Fall (and Spring, starting in 2020)

Description

Students will gain an overview of major concepts of management and organization theory, concentrating on understanding human behavior in organizational contexts, with heavy emphasis on the application of concepts to solve managerial problems. By the end of this course students will have developed the skills to motivate employees, establish professional interpersonal relationships, take a leadership role, and conduct performance appraisal.

ERMC PS5100. Value-Based Enterprise Risk Management. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

Foundational ERM course. Addresses all major ERM activities: risk framework; risk governance; risk identification; risk quantification; risk decision making; and risk messaging. Introduces an advanced yet practical ERM approach based on the integration of ERM and value-based management that supports integration of ERM into decision making. Provides a context to understand the differences between (a) value-based ERM; (b) traditional ERM; and (c) traditional "silo" risk management.

ERMC PS5200. Traditional Risk and ERM Practices. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Fall and Spring
Online: Fall and Spring

Description

Two distinct topics in this course: (1) Traditional ERM frameworks (such as COSO, ISO 31000) and their tools, techniques, and risk vocabulary; and (2) Traditional "silo" risk management grouped into the four risk categories – strategic, operational, financial, and insurance – as well as traditional risk management practices at banks and insurance companies. Provides familiarity with a range of current ERM and risk practices in the market.

ERMC PS5250. External Stakeholder Requirements. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

Provides a global review of ERM requirements of regulators, rating agencies, and shareholders. Addresses three industry sectors: (1) insurance; (2) banking; and (3) corporate.

ERMC PS5300. Strategic Communications for Risk Professionals. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Fall and Spring
Online: Fall and Spring

Description

Workshop-like course that addresses a variety of communication skills, including listening skills, presentation skills, leadership communications, conflict resolution, management interactions, and professional communication techniques.

ERMC PS5320. Strategic Risk Management. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

Review of the types of strategic risks, such as a flawed strategy, inability to execute the strategy, competitor risk, supply chain risk, governance risk, regulatory risk, M&A risk, international risk, etc. Includes case studies, research, and common mitigation techniques, such as strategic planning practices, management techniques, governance practices, supply-chain management, etc.

ERMC PS5340. Operational Risk Management. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

Review of the types of operational risks, such as technology risk (e.g., cyber-security), human resources risk, disasters, etc. Includes case studies, risk analysis frameworks and metrics, and common mitigation techniques, such as insurance, IT mitigation, business continuing planning, etc.

ERMC PS5350. Intro to Quantitative Risk Management. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

Students without a strong math background will require significant additional time and effort to achieve the learning objectives and work through the course assignments. This course builds a foundation in the mathematics and statistics of risk management. Students are empowered to understand the output of quantitative analysts and to do their own analytics. Concepts are presented in Excel and students will have the opportunity to practice those concepts in Excel, R or Python. This course is a required prerequisite for registering for the following courses: Financial Risk Management, Insurance Risk Management, ERM Modeling.

ERMC PS5360. Financial Risk Management. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

(Students must complete ERMC PS5350. Intro to Quantitative Risk Management prior to registering for this course.) A survey of market, credit, liquidity, and systemic risk. Includes case studies, risk quantification methods, and common mitigation techniques using portfolio management, hedging, and derivatives. Also addresses traditional risk management practices at banking institutions.

ERMC PS5370. FRM Practices. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Not offered

Description

(Students must complete ERMC PS5360: Financial Risk Management prior to registering for this course.) Provides the opportunity to learn how business units operate at an investment bank. Several industry practitioners will each spend one to two sessions providing a hands-on experience that recreates the operations and decision-making process of front, middle, and back office work at a bank. Data flow, risk assessment, and decision making will be simulated.

ERMC PS5380. Insurance Risk Management. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Fall and Spring
Online: Not offered

Description

(Students must complete ERMC PS5350. Intro to Quantitative Risk Management prior to registering for this course.) Review of types of insurance risk, such as pricing risk, underwriting risk, reserving risk, etc. Includes case studies, risk quantification methods (e.g., market-consistent economic capital models, dynamic financial analysis (DFA) models, catastrophe models, etc.), and common mitigation techniques, such as asset-liability management (ALM), reinsurance, etc. Also addresses traditional risk management at insurance companies and ERM actuarial standards of practice (ASOPs).

ERMC PS5510. Company Failures. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

Examination of areas critical to an organization’s success from strategic, operational, financial, and insurance perspectives, and examines why many companies fail in spite of the vast knowledge of factors driving success. Several case studies examined in depth.

ERMC PS5550. ERM Modeling. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

(Students must complete ERMC PS5350. Intro to Quantitative Risk Management prior to registering for this course.) This class equips students with the basics of risk measurement and simulation using a hands-on approach to ERM modeling. Some sessions will be workshops while others will be lectures. Recorded video presentations will be available to help students learn the material. Concepts are presented in Excel and students will have the opportunity to practice those concepts in Excel, R or other programming languages of their choice.

ERMC PS5560. Systemic Risk. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Fall and Spring
Online: Fall and Spring, starting in Spring 2020

Description

A study of disasters from a common systems engineering perspective, to better understand and model risk in complex process systems. Course topics will introduce process systems engineering concepts and tools such as digraphs, fault trees, probabilistic risk assessment, HAZOP, FMEA, etc., for modeling enterprise-wide risk. We will develop risk models and analyze them for real-life inspired examples and case studies. Several disaster case studies will also be discussed.

ERMC PS5570. Information Technology Risk Management. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

Students will learn how to better identify and manage a wide range of IT risks as well as better inform IT investment decisions that support the business strategy. Students will develop an instinct for where to look for technological risks, and how IT risks may be contributing factors toward key business risks. Review of IT risks, including those related to general controls, cybersecurity, governance, compliance, and project management.

ERMC PS5590. Cognitive Bias & ERM. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term, starting Fall 2019
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

(Students must complete ERMC PS5100 Value-Based Enterprise Risk Management prior to registering for this course.) Explores key concepts of behavioral economics and cognitive psychology, how to identify key cognitive biases in ERM activities, and how to apply techniques to address these, enhancing the quality and integrity of an ERM program. The course also includes best practices in leveraging analytic models to improve decision making.

ERMC PS5600. ERM Internship. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Not offered
Online: Every term

Description

This course requires students to experience firsthand an ERM-related job in a real working environment. With six bi-weekly class sessions, this course supplements the on-the job experience with support from the instructor and peers. Students will learn: how to set and achieve professional goals in the ERM field; how to identify and strengthen skills valued in their profession; and how to add value for employers in an ERM-focused role. This course is Pass/Fail. In advance of registration, students must secure their own internship and receive formal approval of its suitability for this course.

ERMC PS5900. Capstone. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Every term
Online: Every term, starting Fall 2019

Description

You will work through a case assignment as a team, demonstrating the key knowledge and skills you have gained throughout the program. The capstone will involve the student team working with a case study, which is based on a blend of actual ERM programs in the marketplace. The student team will assess a case study of an organization’s ERM program and recommend/implement enhancements, potentially to all aspects of the case ERM program, depending on the case assignment. Teams will work with the instructor at the outset of the course to select and customize the case parameters to match the ERM curriculum paths of the case team.

TMGT PS5135. Enterprise Information Security: Threats & Defense. 3 pts.

Availability

On Campus: Not offered
Online: Fall and Spring

Description

Competition, espionage, theft, sabotage, and warfare, traditionally carried out “in the field” have erupted online. State-sponsored cyber-attacks target critical infrastructure, financial systems, government agencies, political adversaries, retail, and consumer databases, and the intellectual property of technology firms. This course covers the defensive techniques that address perimeter and data security. Business model relationships to security architecture are examined, in particular managing vulnerability introduced through mergers and acquisitions, and Active Directory migrations. Service and Administrative account management and other aspects of network design will be analyzed. Students will investigate recent newsworthy cases and devise countermeasures aimed at both incident prevention and effective CIRT (Cyber Incident Response) management.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.