Enterprise Risk Management Option

Learn about Risk Management's Enterprise Risk Management option. Gain information about careers, academics, and faculty.

Contact Information

Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
355 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-1809
On the Webhttps://www.smeal.psu.edu/risk-management

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Career Overview

The goal of the enterprise risk management function is to enhance firm value through the optimal treatment of risk. Corporate interest in enterprise risk management has grown steadily in recent years, fueled in part by regulatory mandates for improved risk management systems. In addition, organizations like Standard & Poor’s, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the New York Stock Exchange now require increased risk management disclosure and assessment in corporate financial statements.

Employment Prospects

The Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) option prepares students to work in the risk management departments of major multinational and domestic corporations. The risk management function interacts with a firm’s internal and external auditing functions. Demand for risk management expertise has grown throughout the economy since 2000, especially among healthcare, energy, and financial services firms. Students are also recruited by firms in industries related to risk management, including accounting firms, insurance companies, insurance brokerage, consultancy, and benefits management.

ERM Option Overview

The Enterprise Risk Management option coursework teaches students to conceptualize decisions involving risk, analyze options, estimate risk, and communicate their analysis to others. Students will explore liability risks, operational risks, employment practices risk, financial risks and political risks, spanning a wide array of disciplines such as finance, business law, and strategic risk management.

Preparing to Enroll in the Major

Enrollment in the Risk Management (RM_BS) major is contingent upon several criteria, which include the timing and completion of a specified range of cumulative credits at Penn State. Students apply for the major once they have earned a minimum of 40 but no more than 59 cumulative credits. These credits include required business foundation and related courses. In addition to the course and credit window requirements, students must attain an overall competitive GPA in all courses.

Fast Facts

Enterprise risk management (ERM) is a senior corporate function that focuses on the identification and assessment of the key risks of an organization, and the development of strategies to handle these risks in a way that increases the value of the firm.

  • Several checkpoints have driven the need for enterprise risk management:
  • Greater transparency
  • Financial disclosures with stricter reporting and control requirements
  • Security and technology issues
  • Business continuity and disaster preparedness in a post-9/11 world
  • Focus from rating agencies
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Globalization in a continuously competitive environment

ERM commonly focuses on four general areas of risk:

  1. Hazard Risk: Lawsuits or damage from natural disasters
  2. Operational Risk: Risk resulting from failed systems, poor design, or worker error
  3. Financial Risk: Changes in commodity prices or currencies
  4. Strategic Risk: Corporate gains and losses from changes in consumer demand

Enterprise Risk Management Option Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.

Prescribed ERM Courses (9 credits)

RM 301 (3): Risk and Decisions

RM 320W (3): Risk Management and Insurance

RM 405 (3): Corporate Risk Management

ERM Option Electives (9 credits) select three courses from the following:

RM 440 (3): Risk, Strategy, and Decision Making

RM 475(3): Quantitative Analysis for Business

BLAW 441 (3): Business Law II: Agency, Employment and Business Structure

FIN 406 (3): Security Analysis and Portfolio Management

Select a Two-Piece Sequence (6 credits) from one of the following areas or complete an approved University minor.

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Law
  • Business Sustainability
  • Corporate Benefits
  • Corporate Diversity
  • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Statistics
  • Supply Chain and Information Systems

Employment Statistics

Averages Amounts
Starting Salary $57,628
Signing Bonus $4,900
Internship Wage $19.50/hour

Employment By Industry

Industry Percentages
Financial Services 37%
Consulting Services 34%
Other 29%

Top Full-Time Companies

  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • PWC
  • Vanguard

Top Internship Companies

  • Grant Thornton
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • KPMG

Faculty Advisers

David Cather
Clinical Professor
Email: dac32@psu.edu
Phone: 814-863-5455

Lisa Posey
Associate Professor
Email: llp3@psu.edu
Phone: 814-865-0615