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ODU's Bachelor of Science in Insurance & Risk Management program prepares you for a successful career in Ohio's insurance industry, which is expected to add 26,000 jobs by 2020.

As you pursue your degree in Insurance & Risk Management, you will make professional connections that enhance your development and career prospects, and acquire in-depth knowledge of key aspects of the insurance and risk management industry, including accounting, product and pricing analysis, compliance, claims and underwriting.

You also will examine important decision-making processes that are essential to facilitating effective assessment and management of personal and organizational risks. 

Program Highlights
  • Classes are offered in an accelerated six-week format.
  • You can take one course at a time, one night a week.
  • Prior post-secondary education is not required.
  • Classes are offered in hybrid and online formats.
  • Graduates are eligible to waive two of the eight parts of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) exam upon completion of the program.
  • Students with industry credentials may receive academic credit toward their degree.  Based on the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service.

Course Requirements & Descriptions

  • B.S. in Insurance & Risk Management

    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in addition to the major requirements listed below.

    Major Courses
    Courses Credits
    IRM 210 Fundamentals of Insurance & Risk Management 3*
    IRM 220 Operations & Management of Insurance Companies 3*
    IRM 301 Personal Property-Casualty Insurance & Risk Management 3*
    IRM 303 Project Management 3*
    IRM 401 Commercial Property-Casualty Insurance & Risk Management 3*
    Select two courses from the following:

    Courses Credits
    BUS 370 Professional Selling 3*
    ECN 260 Financial Institutions & Markets 3*
    ECN 325 Intermediate Microeconomics 3*
    FIN 410 Investments 3*
    IRM 350 Life & Health Insurance 3*
    IRM 497 Internship in Insurance & Risk Management 3*
    PRS/BUS 265 Business Writing & Presentations 3*
    Business Core Courses

    Courses Credits
    ACT 210 Accounting for Financial Decision Making 3*
    ACT 220 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making 3*
    BUS 220 Principles of Marketing 3*
    BUS 240 Management & Organization Behavior 3*
    BUS 250 Legal Environments of Business 3*
    BUS 318 Business & Society 3*
    BUS 343 Human Resource Management 3*
    BUS 479 CORE: Strategic Management 3*
    FIN 325 Managerial Finance 3*
    ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics 3*
    ECN 208 Principles of Macroeconomics 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    CIS 107 Computer Applications 3*
    CIS 234 Database Management Systems 3*
    Required Correlatives

    Courses Credits
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3
    PHL 346 Principles of Business Ethics 3
    Total Credits Required 63
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA
Graduates of the program will be able to:
  • Analyze past and current economic issues in the insurance industry as well as the potential impact of future challenges, such as information technology.
  • Develop foundational knowledge and analytical skills in several functional areas of business, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, human resource management and economics.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of insurance products, pricing, claims, underwriting, taxation and financial reporting, and regulation. 
  • Critically examine the role of public policy, including social insurance, in personal financial planning and risk management.
Visit the Ohio Insurance Institute's website for a fun, interactive way to discover careers in the insurance field.