2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Risk Management and Insurance

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose the Risk Management and Insurance Certificate?

The Risk Management and 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 management 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 analyzing/pricing insurance applications according to their risk levels (underwriters).

Admission Requirements

  • Applicant should show proof of high school graduation with a 2.35 GPA.  If it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office/SAA that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, all college transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Once admitted, an advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Dual enrolled/concurrent students must complete the high school degree (provide transcript) before the certificate will be granted from FSU.  
  • 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/SAA.

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.

No more than 50% of the credits required for this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor will this certificate be granted if more than six of the certificate credits are specifically required in the student's major.

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:

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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