Mercyhurst University

Cyber Risk Management


The rapid growth of online environments and global networks of interconnected devices (Internet of Things) leaves governments, businesses and organizations exposed to new types of cyber security risks. As costs of global cyber crimes continue to skyrocket, demand for professionals skilled at assessing and managing cyber risk is growing rapidly as well.

Mercyhurst’s online Cyber Risk Management integrates traditional elements of risk management with cutting-edge science in big data and cyber security, providing you with the skills to assess and mitigate cyber risks and protect intellectual property. Coursework highlights the technical, legal and business aspects of cyber risk management, with special emphasis on monetizing cyber risk through insurance.

Our grads will be leaders in an emerging field, well positioned for careers as cyber security managers with small and large enterprises, as well as in the insurance industry. 

“The construction of new cyber training facilities ensure Mercyhurst remains the vanguard of the field.” 



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Fast Facts

A full-time student will complete this 36-credit program in two years.

Cyber Risk Management students will never take more than one class at a time, making this program ideal for working professionals.

Whereas most risk management programs focus on financial risk, this program addresses the insurance side as it relates to cyber risk and intellectual property on computer systems, which tend not to be insured or protected well.

Cyber Risk Management is a joint offering from Mercyhurst's Walker College of Business and Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences.

The Capstone represents an opportunity for an integrative, intensive experience, during which students will synthesize and apply concepts from the program's coursework to an applied project.

Program Curriculum

Students in this 36-credit online program are required to take the following courses:

CIS 500 Computing & Information Science Concepts
CIS 501 Probability and Statistics
RMGT 520 Cyber Risk Management
RMGT 530 Advanced Property & Liability Insurance
CIS 560 Cyber Networks
CIS 561 Cyber Security
CIS 564 Cyber Law & Policy
CIS 565 System & Application Security
RMGT 540 Advanced Finance & Accounting for Insurance Professionals
RMGT 550 Enterprise Risk Management
CIS 598 Research Methods
CIS 599 Research Project

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Contact Us:

Afzal Upal, Ph.D.

501 East 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546
Phone: 814-824-2117

Meet the Faculty:

Gary Sullivan
Gary Sullivan
Assistant Professor of Insurance Risk Management
M. Afzal Upal, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Computing & Information Science
Mahesh Maddumala, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Computing & Information Science.
Christopher Mansour, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Science