Mar 31, 2023  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Risk Control, M.S.

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Master of Science Degree To remain competitive in today’s global economy, organizations need to effectively protect their human, financial, legal, property and natural resources. UW-Stout strongly embraces this resource protection perspective with a M.S. degree in Risk Control that prepares individuals to serve as consultants in the areas of employee safety, facility and environmental protection. This masters degree program is nationally recognized by major corporations for developing a broad range of technical as well as managerial skills that align with the demands of a highly dynamic profession.

The Risk Control program is a comprehensive course of study is designed to meet both the personal and professional needs of the student by emphasizing a technical base in employee, legal, environmental and property protection; and a solid management perspective in those areas.

The program stresses the means by which loss prevention as well as loss reduction-based activities are integrated into an organization’s day-to-day practices. Individuals from business, industry, education and government-oriented backgrounds seek this program to assist with professional growth and/or a possible career change. Students in the program continuously integrate theory with realistic, practical problem solving experiences with local industries and thus hone their ability to work in a team-oriented professional setting. The M.S. in Risk Control program maintains a competency-based focus which stems from close collaboration with successful business leaders that work in the risk control/safety profession.


To be admitted to this program with full status, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. Applicants with an overall grade point average ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission. In addition, the applicant must have appropriate academic coursework in the areas of general safety, chemistry and organizational leadership. A deficiency in these prior coursework requirements does not preclude admission, but would still require completion of additional undergraduate work and/or increase the amount of graduate credit required to earn the degree. Professional, industrial/trade or educational experience is a definite plus for those who enroll in the program. An individual program of study will be designed to accommodate the requirements of the profession and the needs of the student. Final student  selection and admission to the program will be accomplished by the program director and the faculty. The application deadline for fall semester admissions is February 1 while spring applications are due by October 1. Late applications may be considered after these dates only if openings exist for the coming term.

Primary Evaluation Processes

The primary processes used to evaluate each applicant include his/ her professional goals, related work experience, prior degree and the grade point average of such academic work. Upon acceptance into the program, the faculty provides timely performance feedback on the students’ ability to master the various technical as well as managerial concepts that are promoted in each of the core program courses.


The requirements for the M.S. Risk Control degree include (a) completion of at least 39 semester hours of graduate credit with an overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better, (b) completing a minimum of 20 credits at the 700 level, and (c) and being approved for degree candidacy in relation to the following program-specific courses:

General Requirements
Master of Science Degree

Total for graduation 39 credits  
Management/Applied Research 14-17 credits  
Risk Control/Safety/Property Protection 17 credits  
Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Health 8 credits  

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