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Global Affairs and Fundraising Certificate in Risk Management and Scenarios Planning

Diploma Description

The contemporary world of global affairs is increasingly complex; a seemingly endless array of factors are combining to create interdependent forces that generate a dizzying variety of possible outcomes. Whether we are talking about world politics, international business, global energy, cybersecurity, or the environment, the challenge for global leaders is the same: how do we navigate in an unknown future, filled with risks and opportunities?   

The Certificate in Risk Management and Scenarios Planning will provide a strong foundation in understanding and managing uncertainty in a global context.  Explore a variety of tools and techniques used to gauge possible and plausible futures, allowing you to develop treatment options. Moreover, learn how to communicate your findings effectively to a variety of internal and external stakeholders—including donors, funders and investors; supervisors; and the population at large. Design relevant and effective frameworks and learn the required methods to conduct data collection, analysis, and reporting. Through lectures and exposure to case studies drawn from relevant organizations, you will gain the skills needed to be able to conduct an effective risk management and scenarios planning program.

The focus of this program enables you to create comprehensive analyses of potential futures, ranging from simple single-subject projects to global, multifaceted campaigns and was developed by Center for Global Affairs professors Dr. Christopher Ankersen, Clinical Associate Professor, and Michael Oppenheimer, Clinical Professor.

The program consists of three required courses designed to be taken over the course of at least two semesters. Students are required to complete the Managing Risk and Uncertainty and Scenarios Planning courses before taking the Applied Project course. Courses include a combination of synchronous sessions scheduled for evenings and weekends Eastern Time, as well as asynchronous elements that can be completed on your own time.

Must be completed within

2 years

You'll Walk Away With

  • An understanding of the conceptual meanings of uncertainty, risk, and scenario planning
  • The ability to apply and design appropriate frameworks for assessing and evaluating uncertainty
  • Knowledge of data collection methods, both qualitative and quantitative
  • An understanding of how to collect data in the field
  • The ability to utilize analytical techniques for both risk management and scenarios planning approaches
  • The skills to write relevant reports, including making timely, relevant recommendations

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

CERTIFICATE IN RISK MANAGEMENT AND SCENARIOS PLANNING

All Courses Required

Managing Risk and Uncertainty

Operating in conditions of uncertainty can be disorienting and bewildering. A risk-informed approach can allow global leaders to make informed...

2021 Fall
1 section

Scenarios Planning

The course addresses scenarios as a forecasting and planning tool. In a turbulent world, organizations-in public and private sectors-must make...

2021 Fall
1 section

Applied Project - Managing Risk and Scenarios Planning

Working with a dedicated faculty advisor, students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the previous courses to...

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General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required