About Quality and Risk Management

The quality and risk management concentration focuses on managing product quality, project risk and organizational behavior. In this program, you will learn the fundamentals of process management. In addition, you will understand the core processes that support the beginning-to-end analysis of quality and risk management.

This concentration prepares you to work in a range of industries in the public, private and non-profit sector. This program offers you a practical curriculum that covers how to integrate technology into human processes, analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of organizational processes and improve organizational development. It prepares you to direct individuals, teams, and organizations to maximize their development and performance.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) core curriculum provides you with the skills you need to succeed in today’s global economy. Students who are looking to complete their bachelor’s degree will receive both foundational knowledge and profession-specific skills.

Where can Quality and Risk Management take me?

A Bachelor of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in quality and risk management will strengthen your skills in leadership, group processes, adult learning, and organizational change. The strategies you will learn in the BPS core classes and in the quality and risk management classes will help you enter a new industry or advance your career in organizations of all kinds.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a risk manager – or financial manager – earned a median annual salary of $127,990 in 2018*. By 2026, the BLS predicts that jobs in this field will increase by 19%*. Several core functions of financial managers, including risk management and cash management, are expected to be in high demand over the next decade as organizations expand.

According to Salary.com, a risk manager earns an annual salary of $112,382 with the range often between $92,461 and $129,358**. An operational risk manager in North Charleston earns an average salary of $107,267**.

Risk managers are essential members of every successful business because leaders need to be able to anticipate their liabilities and develop strategic business and financial plans around that analysis. If you work in risk management, you will be asked to diversify, hedge and ensure against risk at every turn. Quality managers work with businesses to make sure that their product or services meets the customer’s demand.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
**Source: Salary.com

Quality and Risk Management Career Opportunities

  • quality control manager
  • operational risk manager
  • consultant
  • risk analytics
  • risk operations
  • quality assurance operator

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Required Coursework

The Bachelor of Professional Studies is a four-year degree program at the College of Charleston. Most students come to this program with some college credit; however, if you are interested in this program and do not have college credit, please speak with an advisor to discuss your options.

Because most students enter the program with some college credit, the BPS program requires that students complete a core curriculum of 20-22 hours. The BPS Core includes professionally oriented courses like Leading Oneself and Others in the 21st Century, Creativity and Innovation in the 21st Century, and Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability in the 21st Century.

Then, each student is required to complete 15 credit hours within the concentration. The courses in the quality and risk management concentration include

  • MGMT 301 Management & Organizational Behavior
  • PMGT 301 Introduction to Project Management
  • PMGT 321 Managing Risk
  • PMGT 341 Managing Project Quality
  • PRST 322 Fundamentals of Process Management

  • Finally, students will need to complete 15 additional credit hours. There are over 35 electives that students can choose from.


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