M.S. Risk Control

Are you interested in promoting occupational safety/health and preserving other organizational assets?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers & Salaries 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.

Photo at top of the page is M.S. Risk Control alumna Xiongmee Lor, Safety Coordinator.

    M.S. Risk Control degree will prepare you to serve in a consultant role that assists an organization to identify, analyze and ultimately control various risks. / UW-Stout

    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. 

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    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 a 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

    Lindsey  (Baker) Hanson Workforce Development Supervisor MN State Services for the Blind
    Cayte  Anderson Executive Director Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI)
    Eric  Batterson Return to Work Consultant Mayo Clinic
    Dean  Berlin Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Veteran's Administration
    Lea Collins-Worachek District Director Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Colleen Etzbach Program Director, BS Rehabilitation Services UW-Stout
    Michelle Hamilton Full Professor Department of Rehabilitation and Counseling, UW-Stout
    Lynda  Hinrichs Staff Development Director MN Vocational Rehabilitation Services
    Debra  Homa Department Chair CEHHHS/Rehabilitation and Counseling
    Kara  James Senior Assistant Director Disability Resource Center,  Purdue University
    Daniel  Kelsey Program Director  
    Kyle  Kleist Assistant Director Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin
    Ben Luer Resource Counselor Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin
    Astrid McDermott   State of Washington, DOL & Industry
    Christine  Peterson Program Director for School Psychology UW-Stout
    Betty  Reinke Retired-Executive Vice President Career Development Center (CDC)
    Sara  Ruckman Employment Counselor Wisconsin Job Service
    TBD TBD MS Rehabilitation Counseling Student UW-Stout
    Tricia  Thompson Family Advocate The Waisman Center (PROMISE Grant)

    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.

    Photo of Ashley at the Rockwell Automation Ladysmith, WI facility.
    Ashley at the Rockwell Automation Ladysmith, WI facility. / Contributed

    Graduate Testimonial - Ashley Neby

    "Upon graduation from the Risk Control program, I accepted a position at the Rockwell Automation Ladysmith, Wisconsin facility. I am currently the Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Manager for the plant and in addition, recently took on a new role as the Rockwell Production System and Productivity Manager. I absolutely love problem-solving, working in manufacturing, and seeing the cultural impact of our work throughout the years. 

    When I was in high school, I was employed by the UW-Stout Dining Service. After graduation, I continued my work while pursuing a Bachelor's in Hospitality Management and enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. To this day, working for the dining service was my favorite job and UW-Stout inspired a long-lasting passion for my career. In 2009, my unit deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and I returned with a new sense of appreciation for occupational safety. Once again, UW-Stout was there to excel my knowledge and experiences in the field. Obtaining my Master's Degree in Risk Control is one of my proudest moments. From dish-washer to safety professional, UW-Stout truly changed my life."

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