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Earn a Certificate or Bachelor's degree in Insurance & Risk Management around your schedule and give your career a boost in Ohio's expanding insurance industry.
Insurance companies need to fill a variety of jobs, from entry-level to management. ODU's experienced instructors and industry-specific curriculum prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need for a successful and rewarding career.

Upon graduation, you are guaranteed an interview with one of our insurance industry partners.
Certificate in Insurance & Risk Management
  • Classes are all online - each course runs 8 weeks.
  • Take courses one or two at a time, completing the certificate in 6 or 10 months.
  • Prior post-secondary education is not required.
  • Once you complete your certificate, you can put those credits toward an IRM-related associate or bachelor’s degree.
  • Certificate in IRM Course Requirements
    Students complete 15 credits from the courses below to earn the Certificate in Insurance & Risk Management.

    If you have already completed Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) courses, as many as two of the certificate courses can be waived, giving you a jump start toward earning your certificate. 
    Required Courses Credits
    IRM 210 Fundamentals of Insurance & Risk Management 3
    IRM 220 Operations & Management of Insurance Companies 3
    Pick three of the following courses:  
    IRM 301 Personal Property-Casualty Insurance & Risk Management 3
    IRM 303 Project Management 3
    IRM 350 Life & Health Insurance  3
    IRM 401 Commercial Property-Casualty Insurance & Risk Management 3
    Total Credits Required 15
  • Insurance Apprenticeship Program

    ODU is proud to partner with Pearl Interactive Network to help prepare military veterans, people with disabilities and those living in geographically challenged areas for entry-level positions in the rapidly expanding insurance industry.

    How the Partnership Works

    • You will complete ODU’s Insurance & Risk Management Certificate online program.
    • Pearl will work with insurance companies to form apprenticeship opportunities for you.
    • During this time, you will work for the insurance company on a part-time basis while completing the certificate program. ODU will help you explore options to finance your certificate, such as the G.I. Bill and other resources.
    • Pearl will provide you a mentor to guide your progress throughout the apprenticeship program.
    • Once you have earned your certificate, the insurance company can choose to hire you on a full-time basis.

    Contact Information

    For more information on the Insurance Apprenticeship Program, please contact:

    Pearl Interactive Network
    1105 Schrock Road, Suite 107
    Columbus, Ohio 43229
    614-258-2943

    Carol Blaine, CPCU, PMP
    Program Director, Insurance & Risk Management
    Ohio Dominican University
    Carol.Blaine@ohiodominican.edu
    614-251-4559

Bachelor of Science in Insurance & Risk Management
  • Classes run 8 weeks, offered in both online and hybrid formats.
  • You can take one course at a time, one night a week.
  • Prior post-secondary education is not required.
  • Students with industry credentials may receive academic credit toward their degree. (Based on the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service.)
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to waive two of the eight parts of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.
  • 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
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for B.S. in Insurance & Risk Management
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 ACT 220
    ECN 207 BUS 220
    ACT 210 ECN 208
    MTH 140 THL
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279 BUS 250
    BUS 240
    PHL 346
    FIN 325 IRM 220
    IRM 210 CIS 107
    HST Art/Music/Theatre
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 BUS 343
    BUS 318
    IRM 303
    IRM 301 Required Elective
    Required Elective THL
    LNG 242 Social/Behavioral Science
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BUS 479 Natural Science
    IRM 401
    Elective
    LIT Elective
    PHL Elective
    Elective
    Elective

    Student either needs a Minor or Emphasis (complete 9 credit hours) but could also do both.

    • Required Elective – choose two classes: BUS 370, ECON 260, ECN 325, FIN 410, IRM 350, IRM 497, PRS/BUS 265

    Academic Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.