Your Future In Risk, Insurance and Financial Services

The two programs we offer — Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) and Financial Planning — provide excellent opportunities for creative work, professional recognition and financial reward. With a BBA degree in RIFS in the RMI program, you may find employment in a variety of career paths, including:

  • Broker
  • Claim adjuster
  • Risk analyst
  • Risk control specialist
  • Risk manager
  • Underwriter

In addition to a BBA degree with a concentration in risk management and insurance, you can also earn an RMI minor or an RMI certificate. In 2018 the RMI program was awarded the prestigious Global Centers of Insurance Excellence (GCIE) designation by the International Insurance Society.

With a BBA degree in RIFS in the Financial Planning program, you may find employment as a personal financial planner helping individuals, families and small businesses achieve their financial goals. Students receiving this degree are currently eligible to sit for the examination administered by the Certified Financial Planning Board to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).

What we offer

Our rigorous curriculum in the Risk Management and Insurance program gives you an in-depth understanding of areas related to risk management and insurance, while the Financial Planning program provides the same in the area of financial services.

Faculty members in the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law (FIREL) are experienced professionals and dedicated teachers who exercise a “learn today, apply tomorrow” classroom philosophy.

Scholarships sponsored by the department are available to help you pursue your education. Our students in the Risk and Insurance program have also earned scholarships from local chapters of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU), the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) and Texas Risk and Insurance Professional Society (TRIPS).

We encourage you to participate in one or more organizations to enhance and expand your classroom learning experience. The Beta Zeta Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma focuses on the professions of insurance, risk management and actuarial science. If you’re pursuing the Financial Planning program, you’re encouraged to join the C. Steven Cole Chapter of the Financial Management Association. Both are internationally recognized professional coed fraternities that will assist you with developing the skills needed for a successful career. They offer guest speakers and networking opportunities with business professionals, résumé and interviewing workshops, and other activities.

You also may join the Professional Leadership Program to work with an industry mentor and develop career-enhancing skills.

All G. Brint Ryan College of Business students may use the Business Leadership Building Trading Room, a state-of-the-art research facility equipped with 12 terminals running Bloomberg Professional software. Through Bloomberg Professional, you will have access to real-time market data, news and analysis and have the opportunity to earn Bloomberg Certification through the self-paced course available through the terminals.

The G. Brint Ryan College of Business, one of the nation’s largest business colleges, is accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750; Tampa, Fla. 33602; telephone 813-769-6500). This means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.

What to expect

Your class schedule for the first few semesters will consist of university core classes and required pre-business classes. From there, you’ll take 24 semester hours of business foundation courses and 30 semester hours of risk, insurance and financial services courses and supporting courses.

The coursework in the Risk Management and Insurance program will focus on areas such as:

  • Corporate risk management
  • Introduction to risk management and insurance
  • Insurance company operations
  • Property/liability risk management and insurance

You also have the option to take independent studies with selected professors, as well as participate in internships for credit. Several courses offered by our program qualify for waivers for the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

The coursework in the Financial Planning program will focus on areas such as:

  • Estate planning
  • Life insurance
  • Investments
  • Principles of federal income taxation
  • Techniques in effective financial planning