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Risk Management

Planning to manage the unimaginable.

New 10-week courses now available due to popular demand from our students

Formats (Online / In-Person)


The Risk Management Program offers courses in two different learning formats (in-person and online).  It is important that you consider the learning format and its suitability for you in order to ensure that you have a successful learning experience.  

In-Person Format

  • Courses meet one time per week for three hours and run for 13 weeks.
  • Class size ranges from 12 to 50 students.
  • You should expect to allocate at least three hours per week for reading, study and assignments, in addition to class time.
  • Courses are held at McMaster’s Downtown Centre, One James North, Hamilton, unless otherwise indicated.
  • You should attend all classes as the classroom work represents a significant part of the learning experience.

Considerations for Taking an In-Person Class

  • Your schedule allows you to attend class at the same time each week.
  • You prefer interacting with your peers and feeling part of a classroom environment.
  • You prefer weekly feedback from an instructor.
  • You occasionally need reminders and reinforcements to get your studying done.
  • You prefer the instructor explain the readings and the assignments.

Online Format

  • Teaching methods include weekly readings, facilitated discussion boards, videos, narrated PowerPoint slides, group and individual projects, assignments.  You will be interacting with your classmates and your instructor each week.
  • You should expect to allocate approximately six to eight hours per week to complete your work but you don’t need to log on at a specific time.
  • Most online courses have final assignments, not exams. 

  • Courses are activated in Avenue to Learn 3 days prior to the course start date. Once your course is active your will see the course details, including a complete course syllabus.

Considerations for Taking an Online Class

  • You are good at keeping yourself on task to complete a project.
  • You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email or a discussion board.
  • You are able to read the textbook (and the assignments) on your own and understand the concepts.
  • You are able to work independently.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology.