MSRI New Student Checklist

Congratulations on your admission to Butler University! Use this information as your guide to understanding the important next steps you should take as an admitted Butler MSRI student. If you have any questions about these next steps, contact the MSRI program at

Please accept your offer of admission on your student status page. Once you accept our offer of admission, you will be able to submit your enrollment deposit.

  1. Log on to your student status page and navigate to Status Update. Select View Update.
  2. Select Reply to Offer of Admission under the Forms section. Complete and submit the form.

To officially reserve your place in the MSRI program, submit your $500 enrollment deposit on your student status page. This deposit is non-refundable.

  1. From your status page, select Submit Payment for $500. Complete and submit the form.
  2. Confirm your information, mailing address, and program of study on the main status page. If anything is listed incorrectly, please contact us.

You will use your Butler network account throughout your time as a student. More immediately, this account will grant you access to your course registration and online bill status. Butler network login information and instructions are sent via email on a rolling basis within ten business days after you’re admitted. 

Once you have received your login information, you must change your password before you are able to access any Butler sites. Don’t want to check multiple email accounts? You can forward your Butler email to your primary email account following instructions found here. 

For more information about these steps, preparing your technology, smartphone email set-up instructions, and more, check out Information Technology’s Quick Start for Admitted Students resource

If you have trouble accessing Butler systems, please submit a case for Information Technology via 

Butler University policy requires all students to complete the Acceptance of Financial Responsibility (AFR) process each semester prior to enrollment. The AFR statement outlines the student’s commitment to pay all expenses incurred at Butler University (including any penalties that result due to past due payments).

This requirement must be completed prior to enrollment. To complete the process, log into your account and navigate to:

  • Self Service, then Student Center. Under the Finances section (not Campus Finances), click on Accept Financial Responsibility.
  • Review the complete AFR statement by scrolling down the text box and click on the button next to Accept Terms and Conditions.
  • Click SAVE.

By completing these steps, the Service Indicator (which prevents enrollment) will automatically be removed from the student’s account.

If you have any problems logging in or have technology related questions, please call the Butler University IT Help Desk at 317-940-HELP (4357) or email

Visit to complete your Verify Contact Information on the Self Service home page in the To Do list of tasks. This information would be used in case of an emergency or health and safety matter. As a student, you are able to designate who we may contact in the event of these situations. Please note, a hold will be placed on your account until you complete this process. You will be unable to register, change, or add classes until the hold is removed. To remove the hold today, read these step-by-step instructions.

For information about preparing your technology, phone email set-up instructions, and more, visit the Butler Information Technology website.

If you have additional questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at 317-940-HELP (4357) or email

Graduate students must be degree-seeking and enrolled at least part-time (3.0 credit hours) in order to be eligible for the Federal Aid Program. For more information regarding Financial Aid, visit the website. Financial Aid is located in the lower level of Robertson Hall.

Textbook lists for each course are available in the Bookstore and online at The Butler Bookstore is located in Atherton Union, 704 W. Hampton Drive.

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The Office of Student Accounts publishes billing statements in an electronic only format. An E-Bill is published the second Wednesday of every month and payment is due in full by the due date on the bill. Students receive email notifications when their E-bill is available for viewing.

Questions about your bill can be sent to

The Master of Science in Risk and Insurance program starts every January with a prerequisite term comprised of four non-credit, online courses to help assure that a base-level of knowledge exists prior to the start of program’s core courses. Some of the prerequisites may be waived based on an individual’s undergraduate transcript and/or professional designations. If an automatic waiver is not granted, the student will be required to show competency by passing an exam on the topic area. Successful completion, or waiver approvals, must occur prior to beginning the program’s core courses.

All prerequisites must be completed between December and April to begin the program’s core courses in May.

Deposited students will receive an email from the MSRI team with instructions to register for these courses. This email will include a unique registration link, so please do not register on the general Butler website.

The prerequisites for the program include:

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Risk and Insurance*

* The following designations can be used for this course waiver: Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU); Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC); Certified Financial Planner Certificate (CFP®); Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI); Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU); Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC); Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA); Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA); Associateship in the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS); Fellowship in the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS); Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS); Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Fellow (CEBS Fellow); Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS); and Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

In addition to online courses, the MSRI Program includes two required in-residence experiences:

MRI 544—Fundamentals of Risk & Insurance
Butler University
Indianapolis, IN

MRI 545—Capstone

Participation in both of these experiences is a requirement of the program. Failure to participate in one or both of the in-residency experiences will result is an automatic “F” on your transcript. Please note that these courses carry additional fees due to the in-residency experience.

Please do NOT make any non-refundable travel arrangements for either In-Residence until receiving specific direction to do so from MSRI staff.  Due to Covid-19, dates are subject to change or a transition to an online-only format may be required.