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Master of Science in Risk and Insurance
Master of Science in Risk and Insurance

MSRI Curriculum

A Comprehensive Education in Risk

The Lacy School of Business believes in the benefits of experiential learning, building a student’s professional network, and facilitating an active community in which students and faculty can learn from one another. These principals apply throughout the Master of Science in Risk and Insurance program.

The MSRI program includes general business courses common to an MBA program mixed with courses on property and casualty, health and life, and other general insurance topics. In addition to online courses, the program includes two required in-residence experiences—one at Butler and one in Bermuda—that occur at the beginning and end of the program.

Butler In-Residence

As a student in the Butler MSRI program, you’re joining a dedicated, encouraging community that embodies in The Butler Way—working hard, helping others, and seeking improvement every day. And there’s no better way to get a feel for the The Butler Way than to visit our campus. A new MSRI cohort will start the program on the beautiful Butler campus. During the three-day experience, students will see our state-of-the-art facilities, participate in sessions led by nationally recognized faculty, and network with top executives from Indianapolis insurance firms. The Butler In-Residence will provide you with a network of new peers and business contacts to further your professional development and open up potential avenues for future career advancement.

Bermuda In-Residence

Bermuda is referred to as the “world’s risk capital,” and the Lacy School of Business is fortunate to have deep connections with Bermudian-based firms and leaders through our Student-Run Captive Insurance Company. As a student in the Butler MSRI program, you, too will have an opportunity to experience Bermuda firsthand at the end of the program. Through a multi-day Capstone Experience, you and the rest of your cohort will have the opportunity to apply what you learned by solving a real-life business problem for a Bermudian firm. This experience allows you to demonstrate mastery of your Butler MSRI education and network with some of the best insurance leaders in the world.

Core Courses (24 hours)

Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance
Thorough review of principles and theories around technology-supported evaluation of risk, analysis of various risk management products, and current market developments regarding products available for emerging risks. Managerial analysis of risk management processes and decision-making specific to organizational alignment of the risk management function within broader management of company operations.

Risk Control
Discussions regarding various managerial approaches to loss control and risk mitigation for property/casualty and life/health exposures, particularly in environments of limited information. A managerial approach to determining corporate governance, employee health and safety, wellness programs, traditional property and casualty, and loss control engineering (property) will also be reviewed with specific attention to their impact on the overall performance of the firm.

Big Data and Analytics
Evaluation of current developments, technology, and analysis of how company leaders look at and utilize information available to evaluate risk, facilitate underwriting of particular risks by product line, claims analysis and actuarial support, and overall company financial results and profitability (corporate and insurance company). A key feature of the analysis will be geared to consider how the resulting information will impact managerial decision making.

Alternative Risk Financing
Review of current methods to finance risk for both insurance companies and corporations. Since this topic may be foreign to many executives, students will master strategies for how to influence top decision makers that need to know about topics like financial tools, traditional risk transfer, and creative alternatives in the marketplace. There will be applied evaluation of insurance transfer, retention, and non-insurance transfer agreements in order to reinforce mastery of the topics.

Leadership
This course is intended to expose you to several key concepts in the domain of leadership, to open up the process of thinking of yourself as a leader, to help you analyze organizations and the “leadership gaps” that hinder organizational effectiveness, and to create an environment that encourages you to develop your own “theory” of leadership. The class will require you to be both introspective and participative.   

Managerial Accounting
This course teaches the application of managerial accounting concepts, techniques, and issues, emphasizing uses of internal accounting information for decisions making, planning or budgeting, and evaluation control. Topics include alternative cost measurement, accumulation, allocation methods, and analysis techniques (job, process, just-in-time, standard, activity based costing, cost behavior, cost, volume profit analysis, contribution approach) that are relevant to various managerial decisions (production, pricing, etc.) and related issues (behavioral implications).  

Financial Management
An analysis of the theory and practice of financial management, this course expands on the topics covered in the finance primer. In general, the course focuses on how firms properly acquire and invest funds in a corporate setting. Specific topics include capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, derivatives, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy.

Capstone with the Butler Captive Insurance Company
Designed to serve as a capstone experience, this course presents students with a client-based challenge that allows students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills from this Master of Science curriculum to deliver a well thought out and documented solution to a specific business problem. This course will require a trip to Bermuda to participate in an experiential project where students work on a client firm’s business problem. In the short term, this business with be the Butler student-run captive. Students in this class will help provide structure and guidance to undergraduates who are running the day-to-day operations of the Captive but don’t have time to think about its long-term, strategic direction.

Elective Courses (6 hours)

Each MSRI elective is 3-credit hours. Electives will include topics such as International Risk Management, Business Valuation, Employee Benefits, Derivatives, Insurance Company Operations, Insurance Law and Contract Analysis, Health Care Economics and Regulation, and Enterprise Risk Management.

Program Prerequisites

The Master of Science in Risk program starts every January with a prerequisite term comprised of five 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.

The prerequisites for the program include:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • 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).

All prerequisites must be completed between December 2018 and April 12, 2019 to begin the program’s core courses in May 2019.

Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Program Costs

The following tuition and fee charges are in effect for the 2018–2019 academic year and are subject to change for future years. Tuition and fee charges for the 2019–2020 academic year are published in early 2019.

Program prerequisites cost $350 each; up to $1,750 total for all five courses. Tuition is $950 per credit hour for a total of $28,500 for 30 credit hours. In addition, students will be responsible for some expenses related to the two in-residence experiences at the start and end of the program.

Butler makes payment plans and loan options available to its graduate students. Visit the Financial Aid website for more information. For information about a monthly payment plan you can also contact the Office of Student Accounts.