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Risk Management and Insurance program

Risk Management and Insurance Program

Practical Education, Flexible Career, Rewarding Life

Everybody needs insurance, because everyone faces risk: individuals, businesses, governmental units, and non-profit organizations. The range of careers includes underwriting, loss control, claims investigation, risk management, actuarial, and insurance agents, as well as finance, sales, marketing, and more in support of insurance companies. The industry remains strong during economic downturns, and provides for a rewarding life with competitive salaries and the opportunity to help people and businesses to avoid disasters and rebuild lives when disasters are unavoidable.

The Risk Management and Insurance program thoroughly covers insurance law, risk management principles, property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, personal insurance, and insurance company operations. The program requires an internship to cement and enhance classroom learning; students have recently interned at Auto-Owners Insurance Company, EMC Insurance, and Farmers Insurance.

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Program Details

  •  Admission Requirements

    New Student Admission Requirements

    SAT Scores
    • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
    • Two of the Three Criteria:
      • 1. ERW SAT score of 450 or higher.
      • 2. Math SAT score of 500 or higher. Placement in MATH 109 or 110 will be considered (Math SAT score of 480 or higher).
      • 3. Composite SAT of 900 or higher. 
    ACT Scores
    • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
    • Two of the Three Criteria:
      • 1. English ACT score of 16 or higher.
      • 2. Math ACT score of 19 or higher.
      • 3. Reading ACT score of 19 or higher.

    Transfer Student Admission Requirements

    • Combined college or university GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended.
    • GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.
    • Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
    • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require an English ACT score of 16 or higher; or ERW SAT score of 450 or higher; or English Accuplacer score of 6 or higher.
    • Transfer equivalency for Ferris State University’s MATH 114 or 115 or placement during the first semester at Ferris State University which would require a Math ACT score of 19 or higher; Math SAT of 500 or higher; or Math Accuplacer scores: Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0 to 49.
  •  Degrees
  •  Faculty and Staff

    Lori Armstrong

    Academic Advisor

    Gayle Lopez, JD

    Professor
    Management Department Chair

    Jenni Pattillo

    Adjunct Instructor

  •  Key Courses
    • Foundations of Risk Management & Insurance
    • Commercial Insurance
    • Personal Insurance
    • Insurance Company Operations
    • Enterprise Risk Management
    • Insurance Law

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Program Mission

Our mission is to prepare students for successful careers in the risk management and insurance industry by providing industry-aligned technical education, exercises in critical and analytical thought, tailored academic paths, and experiential learning opportunities. We will continually seek and nurture collaborative relationships with a variety of industry entities, and serve as a resource to the industry by preparing competent interns and graduates, and by proactively addressing industry needs.