Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications

Weather Intelligence and Risk Management (WIRM)

Weather Intelligence and Risk Management (WIRM)

The WIRM specialization is a response to the growth in the private sector of the weather and climate enterprise and the national trends in workforce needs that demand highly skilled scientists and technically-astute professionals with good business sense, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment. With a third of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) coming from weather sensitive businesses, as well as a greater emphasis on global markets, it is imperative that professionals be able to understand, articulate, and communicate the role of science in the boardroom. This track prepares individuals for careers in sectors where weather and climate are important factors in the decision tree. The WIRM curriculum is designed to build proficiencies in quantifying uncertainty, analyzing and managing risks, understanding weather derivatives and valuation, balancing economic exigencies, and mining information for the optimization of value within the context of the business enterprise.

Career Opportunities

Listed below are just a few of the job areas that are relevant to the WIRM specialization:

  • Energy Trader
  • Weather Risk Analyst
  • Weather Related Commodity Trader
  • Weather Derivatives Valuation
  • Weather Insurance Management

Major Sequence and Degree Requirements
36 Credits (face-to-face, online, and hybrid course delivery formats)

Core Courses (24 credit hours)

  • BSN 511 Business Operations and Analysis (4)
  • BSN 512 Accounting and Finance (4)
  • BSN 514 Strategic Management/Leadership (4)
  • ISS 570 Information Analysis (3) or EMGT 633 GIS Applications (3)
  • ECON 507 Environmental Economics (3)
  • MATH 535 Statistical Methods (3)
  • ISCA 698 Field Experience Practicum (3)

Specialization Courses (12 credit hours, at least 4 courses are required)

  • ISCA 551 Global Markets: Sensitivity & Susceptibility to Weather and Climate (3)
  • ISCA 552 Business Weather and Intelligence w/ Cross-Sector Case Studies (3)
  • ISCA 607 Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation (3)
  • BIOL 647 Chesapeake Bay Systems (3)
  • ISCA 651 Environmental Risk Management w/ Case Studies (3)
  • ISCA 652 Weather Derivatives and Valuation (3)

Admission Requirements
Applicants must provide an official transcript from all institutions of higher education attended showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of a 2.75/4.00 cumulative grade point average. Applicants with grade point averages less than 3.00 must also submit an official score from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT test taken within three years of the date of application. An official application form and fee, three professional letters of recommendation, an academic and professional goals statement, and a current resume are also required. Applicants may also be asked to complete a telephone interview with the MSISA program coordinator.

Next Steps

For more information on the MSISA program, please contact the program coordinator:

Dr. Rich Clark
Phone: 717-872-3930

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