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Risk Management and Insurance

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): Business

Why Choose the Risk Management and Insurance Certificate?

The Insurance certificate provides students in any major the basic knowledge and skills in the field of insurance. Topics covered in this certificate are essential foundational courses. This certificate will enhance any degree and provide graduates with distinctiveness.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in risk and insurance management have never been stronger. Almost half of insurance industry professionals are over age 45, with 25% of the industry expected to retire in the next few years. Possible risk and insurance positions include helping people and businesses put their lives back together after disasters (claims professionals), finding ways to minimize risks (loss prevention engineers), managing an organization's risk program (risk managers or risk analysts), matching customers with appropriate insurance products for their needs (insurance agents and brokers), and analyzing/pricing insurance applications according to their risk levels (underwriters).

Admission Requirements

Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate COB certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major.

Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates.

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  • Unless it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, applicants need only show proof of a 2.35 high school GPA. An advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office. 

Graduation Requirements

A Ferris student will receive this certificate after completion of the requirements for the certificate with a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the certificate courses.

More Information

Ferris State University
College of Business Room 212
Management Department
119 South Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: 231-591-2427
Email:

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Foundations Risk Mgmt & Insur
3
Commercial Insurance
3
Personal Insurance
3
Insurance Company Operations
3
Minimum credit hours required for this certificate:
12
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