Virginia Commonwealth University [View Image]School of Business

AcademicsFinance, Insurance and Real EstateB.S. in finance, concentration in risk management and insurance

The concentration in risk management and insurance prepares students for careers in the insurance industry on all levels including (but not limited to) underwriting, claims adjusting, employee benefits, risk modeling and analysis, risk management in all sectors of the economy, financial planning, and graduate-level study of risk management.

Our program has been part of VCU for more than 40 years, and we’ve achieved 100 percent job placement for the past eight years in a row.

As a student, your networking opportunities will include multiple industry conferences and access to three local industry associations’ business meetings through the VCU Risk Management and Insurance Program.


The goal of the risk management and insurance concentration is to provide students with skills in financial management, risk management and financial planning. Graduates will be able to analyze and communicate findings on complex financial issues.

Career opportunities

Risk management and insurance is a high-demand industry with 500,000 new jobs projected in the next five years. Students who graduate with a degree in finance and a concentration in risk management and insurance/corporate are typically employed in the risk management and insurance industry, Careers include include underwriting, claims adjusting, employee benefits, risk modeling and analysis, risk management sales and financial planning. VCU alumni from the risk management program are employed with notable property and casualty insurance companies, agent/brokers, and various wealth management companies.

  • Alumni employers include:
    • Markel Corporation
    • James River Insurance Company
    • Argo/Colony
    • Kinsale
    • Continental Underwriters
    • Various agents and brokers
  • Careers in the field:
    • Premium Auditors
    • Financial Managers, Branch/Dept.
    • Risk Control Professionals
    • Financial or Credit Analysts
    • Insurance Sales Agents
    • Insurance Underwriters
    • Insurance Claim Adjusters
    • Investment Fund Managers
    • Personal Financial Advisors
    • Risk Management Specialist

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  • No other club, organization or class offers the opportunities that the Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program at VCU offers. By becoming involved in RMI, I received numerous scholarships, internships, industry connections, and a full-time position upon graduation at a company I love, doing what I love. I can say without a doubt the RMI program at VCU is the reason I am where I am in my professional development.
    Olivia G.
    Class of 2018

Contact us

Undergraduate Recruitment
Snead Hall, Room B2111
(804) 827-8888

Robert W. Taylor
Director, Risk and Insurance Studies Center
Snead Hall, Room B2170
(804) 828-3169 

For information about our programs, faculty and student organizations, visit the FIRE department page and the Risk and Insurance Studies Center.

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