B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance
Learn how to identify, evaluate, prioritize, and manage risk to protect businesses in an always evolving world
The Risk Management and Insurance major prepares students for exciting careers in an industry that has a high demand for talent. Students at Ole Miss gain marketable skills regarding the assessment and management of risk.
In addition to teaching relevant skills, this program helps students secure jobs by way of a department resume book, two annual career fairs, guest speakers, and funded student travel to local and national conferences. Each year, the department awards over $40,000 in scholarships to Ole Miss students in the program. Our program is one of only 12 US-based Risk Management and Insurance programs designated as a Global Center of Insurance Excellence.
University of Mississippi Risk Management and Insurance graduates become risk analysts, commercial insurance underwriters, commercial insurance agents and brokers, personal insurance agents, employee benefits consultants, personal financial planners, claims analysts, and account managers.
Ole Miss students perform a comprehensive risk management audit, write a report on recommendations and present it to industry experts. Student internships include duties ranging from designing social media strategies for insurance brokers to underwriting insurance policies.
Requirements for the major in risk management and insurance include the B.B.A. core: Accy 201, 202 (3, 3); Bus 230; Bus 271; Bus 250; Bus 302; Mktg 351; Fin 331; Mgmt 371; Mktg 372; Mgmt 493; MIS 309; 300-level business elective (6); and 300-level business/nonbusiness elective (3). The risk management and insurance major consists of 24 semester hours. Required courses are Fin 333, 341, 441, 442, and 542. In addition, students must select 9 semester hours from Fin 334, 338, 351, 361, 431, 445 (3 or 6 hours), 499, 534 or 581. After the introductory risk and insurance course, students take courses addressing the management of potential losses of property, legal suits, life, and health. The loss of property and legal suits by businesses is emphasized throughout, and the corporate risk management course ties together all elements of managing exposures. Emphasis is placed on the summer internship courses specifically designed for risk management and insurance majors.
Students enter the University of Mississippi School of Business as General Business majors and may declare the Risk Management and Insurance major after completing 36 specific hours (See UM Catalog for listing). Student must achieve 2.25 or higher GPA on those 36 hours.
Kristen Miller, Middle Market Underwriter, CNA
Kristen Miller credits the Ole Miss RMI program and GIS fraternity with shaping her into who she is now and teaching her many valuable lessons about her career and her future. Each day at CNA she uses the knowledge and skills gained from classes, internships and a close knit network.
Gamma Iota Sigma fraternity exposes students to the Risk Management and Insurance industry, allows students to network with industry professionals, and emphasizes personal and professional development.