Gain innovative expertise managing operational risk

The risk management and insurance specialization from the Wisconsin MBA Program combines a strong core curriculum in fundamental business disciplines with expertise in managing organizational risk. Students develop exceptionally strong critical thinking and analytical skills, and benefit from a wide variety of interactions with business professionals in risk management, insurance operations, consulting, brokerage, and related health care fields. Wisconsin MBA graduates specializing in risk management and insurance are placed at leading firms across the country, earning an average salary of six figures.

Global Center of Insurance Excellence 2017

The Wisconsin School of Business's Risk and Insurance Department was designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence by the International Insurance Society. We are one of 20 institutions worldwide to receive this honor, which recognizes our commitment to the industry.

Janet Zeaiter

The small class size allowed me to really get to know my professors and fellow classmates. I wanted a top-rate education at a business school where the faculty was accessible and committed to helping me succeed, and the Wisconsin MBA definitely lived up to my expectations.

—Janet Zeaiter, MBA
Director of Safeco Agency Field Operations, Liberty Mutual Insurance

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The Experience You Need to Lead

The Wisconsin MBA Program in risk management and insurance is dedicated to giving you crucial practice in using the latest strategies and analysis techniques needed to succeed in an ever-changing business environment. Applied learning projects with prominent companies such as American Family Insurance, United Airlines, CUNA Mutual Group, Trek, and Willis Towers Watson give you valuable experience in teamwork, leadership, strategy, and project management. These projects also put you in front of top management teams to present recommendations on issues of real importance to the organization. Opportunities to attend internationally renowned conferences and regular presentations by visiting alumni and leading practitioners keep you in the loop on shifting industry trends. Under the guidance of leading executives and innovative researchers, you will gain the practical and technical experience you need to lead your organization to success.

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Make a Major Impact on Your Career

The Wisconsin MBA Program specialization in risk management and insurance will prepare you to be successful in a variety of roles, including rotational corporate development programs. Common positions students pursue include: enterprise risk manager, broker, consultant, and insurance industry roles. Graduates have accepted full-time positions with six-figure salaries at some of the nation's most respected firms, such as Ernst & Young, PwC, Aon, Marsh, American Family Insurance, and Liberty Mutual Insurance. A comprehensive preparatory program, in conjunction with an impressive network of alumni and other professionals, will prepare you for a leadership role in whatever field of risk management and insurance you choose.

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Grow Your Career Network

Students in the Wisconsin MBA Program specialization in risk management and insurance are supported by an advisory board and an extensive alumni network of leading consultants, CEOs, and CFOs in a wide range of specialties and industries. Alumni are actively engaged in your career development and placement throughout your time at the Wisconsin School of Business. Each year, alumni return to campus to discuss current industry topics, conduct mock interviews, offer career advice, and participate in recruiting events.

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A Specialized Curriculum

The Wisconsin MBA curriculum integrates a strong foundation in general management with highly focused preparation in your chosen career field. Starting with your first semester, you will take courses related to risk management and insurance that balance the specific analytical and strategic skills required by the industry with the communication and general management skills necessary to become a successful leader. This early start helps you achieve your full potential and makes your applied learning experiences richer.

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The Risk Management and Insurance Experience

“From the fundamentals of risk management and insurance to cutting-edge InsureTech practices, I gained knowledge and hands-on learning experiences that broadened my horizons extensively. The Wisconsin MBA experience was a great investment in my future career success.”

—Xiaoming Gu, MBA

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