The risk management and insurance specialization in 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 fields. Wisconsin MBA graduates specializing in risk management and insurance are actively recruited by prospective employers.
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“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
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 United Airlines, CUNA Mutual Group, 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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The specialized curriculum of the Wisconsin MBA Program in risk management and insurance will prepare you to be successful in a variety of roles, including rotational corporate development programs. Positions you will be prepared to succeed in include broker, consultant, risk manager, and insurance industry leader. Past graduates have experienced a 100 percent placement rate, and 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.
Students in the risk management and insurance specialization are supported by 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.
The curriculum of the Wisconsin MBA Program in risk management and insurance balances the specific analytical and strategic skills required by the industry with the communications and general management skills necessary to become a successful leader. You will learn how to use the most most widely accepted decision-making frameworks and financial tools from world-renowned faculty who bring their latest research into the classroom. The risk management and insurance specialization in the Wisconsin MBA Program provides the practical skills and industry-specific knowledge to give you an edge in your career.
“To me, the clear advantage of the Wisconsin MBA program is the deeper level of learning that results from the close-knit community and interactions with fellow MBA students. Small class sizes and 10 specialization programs allow each student to maintain close relationships. ...Read More”
—Gunwoo Choi, MBA
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