Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

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Credit Risk Management

2nd level specializing master, see entry requirements

Info for 2020/21 intake still available in the relevant sections


Campus: Milan

School: Banking, Finance and Insurance Sciences

Intake: November 2021

Language of instruction: English

Duration: November 2021 - October 2022

Total ECTS: 60

CRERIM is the only Specializing Master programme on Credit Risk Management in Italy. It combines quantitative training with a multidisciplinary vision of the credit risk, its management and its measurement. Being a SAS accredited Academic Master programme, it offers the possibility to work in software SAS and prepare for the official examination, and a chance to obtain the internationally valued SAS certificate.

The main goals of the programme are:
  • Offer in-depth technical-legal training and vision of risk management to other corporate functions
  • Provide a deeper understanding of innovative and specific areas of credit risk management: communication, retail credit risk, governance and influence of cognitive and behavioral distortions in the emergence of credit risk retail
  • Provide a thematic focus on credit risk in the following credit management phases: client acquisition, portfolio management and planning
  • Offer a solid knowledge of computer analytical instruments in order to carry out the operational side of credit risk management
  • Provide an adequate overview of statistical techniques for acquisition strategies, segmentation and propensity of retail clientele
  • Provide in-depth knowledge of relevant Credit Risk software (SAS) enabling students to perform well day-to-day professional activities
The acquired skills will enable participants to carry out credit risk management activities in banks, insurance companies, consultant firms, IT vendors at an international level.

Graduate placement
The placement rate of CRERIM Alumni is above 90% (100% in the last two years). Placement opportunities are also provided by the internship phase offered, over the years, by a wide range of companies such as: Alba Factoring, Banca di Asti, Banca Mediolanum, Banca Popolare di Milano, Banca Sella, Barclays Bank, Be Consulting, BNP Paribas, CheBanca, Cofidis, Consilia Business Management, Crif, Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Bank, Diner’s, Eurizon Capital, Experian, Farmafactoring, Fiditalia, Generali RE, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo, Juno Consulting, McKinsey Company & C., Prometeia, SAS, Unicredit Spa, Unipol Sai.

Andrea Consonni, Head of Pricing Unit Retail Sub-Department International Subsidiary Banks, Intesa Sanpaolo Director
Elena Beccalli, Dean of the School of Banking, Finance and Insurance Sciences and Full Professor of Banking Faculty of Banking, Finance and Insurance Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Scientific Committee

Elena Beccalli
Mario Anolli
, Full professor of Economics of financial intermediaries, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Tommaso GiordaniHead of Risk Management, Banca Sella
Giovanni Petrella, Full Professor of Economics of financial intermediaries, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Diego Zappa, Associate Professor of Statistics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


Teaching Coordinator

Giuliana Borello, internship tutor, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Lara Faverzani, academic tutor, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Advisory Board

The Scientific Committee is assisted by an Advisory Board composed by managers and corporate consultants from the banking and the financial world.
Antonio Arfè, Partner, Deloitte Consulting
Lorenzo Bocchi, Head of Credit and Operational Risk Practice, Prometeia
Andrea Consonni, Head of Pricing Unit Retail Sub - Department International Subsidiary Banks, Intesa Sanpaolo
Matteo Namari, Responsible for the Italian Markets, Moody’s Analytics 
Emanuele Giovannini, Head of Italy Credit Risk Modelling, Unicredit
Anselmo Marmonti, Director Risk Practice - South EMEA, SAS 

The Master is organized in collaboration with: Gruppo Banca Sella, Deloitte Consulting, Intesa Sanpaolo, Prometeia, SAS, Unicredit.

“CRERIM is the only Italian Specializing Master programme on Credit Risk Management. Managing credit model development at Unicredit, I think that after Basilea 2 credit models have become fundamental and today play a key role in financial companies and banks like Unicredit. What we need is the possibility to hire highly specialized resources. That is why this Master’s programme, through its specific design and perspective, allows professionals to meet potentially skilled figures who may become the new generation of organizations like ours”.
Emanuele Giovannini - Head of Credit Models Development Italy at Unicredit

“The specific training in risk management is extremely important to meet the demands of banks nowadays. The placement opportunities in the area of risk management is more and more relevant. The competence provided by CRERIM, besides specializing on contents, has also the plus of equipping participants with a logic approach and methods on which they will be able to rely throughout their future professional experience”.
Tommaso Giordani - Chief Risk Officer, Banca Sella

“CRERIM is a fundamental qualification in order to face in the best way possible the consulting activity, by combining organizational aspects with methods and with the knowledge necessary to develop risk measurement tools and techniques. CRERIM therefore represents an excellent model to consulting companies like Deloitte, that demand highly skilled profiles”.
Antonio Arfè - Partner at Deloitte

“The value of the contribution provided by managers and case studies within the curriculum of the programme enables the participants to acquire a better knowledge of the professional environment, i.e. of their possible activities, and of the issues they will need to face in their field everyday. CRERIM enables them to understand corporate processes and the kind of functions they will be have to manage, thanks to the expertise acquired during the Master’s course”.
Anselmo Marmonti – Manager Business Development, Risk Management Solutions at SAS

“Prometeia is a market leader for risk management solutions and supports an “hands on” approach to teaching. CRERIM is a pragmatic Master with a 90% placement rate. A unique opportunity to learn benefiting from the direct experience of leading managers and in an international environment”.
Lorenzo Bocchi – Director, Deputy Head – Practice Enterprise Risk Management and Deputy Head – Business Line Enterprise Risk Management – Italy, Prometeia

Stefano Marotta - ING Bank

“Thanks to CRERIM, moreover, I had the opportunity to learn a powerful instrument for data analysis like SAS: the Master  gave me the possibility to attend intensive courses for learning the basics of the software and, at the end, gave me also the chance to get a certification.
This is another great result coming from CRERIM as, throughout the internship experience, I’m realizing that having  SAS programming skills is really appreciated  on the job. In addition, CRERIM provided me the right means to get a first job experience within the banking industry since, at the end of the courses, I started an internship within the Retail Credit Risk team of ING Bank and, what is more, in October I will start a traineeship at the European Central Bank within the Single Supervisory Mechanism.”


Filippo Prazzoli – Systems Engineer, SAS

“CRERIM’s courses enable preparation focused on assimilating some of the key skills required to be a successful Risk Manager. The use of specific statistical techniques and software (SAS) enclose the real benefit of the master. Abilities developed helped starting my career in the credit risk sector”.

Paolo Cantiani - Credit Risk Analyst, UniCredit

“I attended Master CRERIM after graduating in finance and having an internship in BNP Paribas. I deeply appreciated the Master for being pragmatic and job-focused, teaching useful statistical software (SAS) and having teachers from key players in the sector. Shortly after graduation I moved into the Risk Management department in UniCredit Group.“

Claudia Plati - Associate, Unicredit

"CRERIM has been 
the connection between the study of the subject and the working environment: thanks to the class lessons held by professionals, to the SAS course and to the final internship at Prometeia, I got a professional background that one usually achieves after at least 2 years of working experience .“

Francesca Mazzei - Assistant Manager, Financial Risk Management, KPMG

“Attending CRERIM is an enriching experience, both from a professional and a human point of view. I’m referring to the acquisition of practical skills in the risk management field; to the quality
of the Faculty and to their concrete approach to the different events within a company, besides definitely being a privileged access to job placement. “

Federico Arnaboldi - Senior Auditor, Royal Bank of Scotland

“CRERIM has been a fantastic opportunity for me to grow personally and professionally learning a lot thanks to a hands-on approach. After the Master my career had a sudden turning point, allowing me to enter the world of Risk Management, improving my career chances and giving me the opportunity to work for one of the leading European banks.“