Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications

Weather Intelligence and Risk Management (WIRM)

Weather Intelligence and Risk Management (WIRM)

The Weather Intelligence and Risk Management specialization (WIRM) 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 ability to work in a team-oriented environment. With a third of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) coming from weather sensitive business, industry, and commerce, and 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 Weather Intelligence and Risk Management specialization:

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

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

Admission Requirements
Applicants must provide an official transcript from all institutions of higher education attended, and verify completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of a 2.75/4.00 cumulative grade point average. Applicants must also submit an official score from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT test that was taken within three years of the date of application. A resume and telephone interview are required.

Core Courses (24 s.h.)

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

Specialization Courses (12 s.h. at least 4 courses are required)

  • BIOL 446 Chesapeake Bay Systems (3)
  • ISCA 551 Global Markets: Sensitivity and Susceptibility to Weather and Climate (3)
  • ISCA 552 Business Weather and Intelligence w/ Cross-sector case studies (3)
  • ISCA 651 Environmental Risk Management w/ Case Studies (3)
  • ISCA 652 Weather Derivatives and Valuation (3)
  • ISCA 607 Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation (3)

Next Steps

For more information on the MSISA program please contact program cordinator:

Dr. Rich Clark
Phone: 717-872-3289


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