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Curriculum & Courses

This curriculum and course listing is for students starting the program in fall 2018. Students who enrolled in the program prior to fall 2018 are required to follow the fall 2017–spring 2018 curriculum.


  • 36 points for degree completion
  • On campus or online
  • Fall and Spring intake
  • Up to 6 consecutive terms to complete*

*Non-native English speakers may be required to successfully complete an American Language Program (ALP) course at Columbia prior to their first semester.

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.

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.

Core ERM Courses

All seven courses are required.

Risk Category Courses

Choose two.


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

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