Risk Management and Insurance (RMI)

Offering insurance course work for over 70 years, the University of North Texas' Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program is one of the premier programs in the Southwest. With a professional focus on risk and insurance, it offers a comprehensive insurance curriculum, preparing our students for a variety of career possibilities. Many of our students have internships, which also count toward credit hours for our degree plans. In addition to a BBA degree, students can also earn an RMI minor or RMI certificate.

The program works closely with the risk management and insurance industry at both the national and regional levels to bring real world experience to the students. In addition to an abundance of locally sponsored scholarships, UNT RMI students have been winners of nationally competitive scholarships whose value often reach into the thousands of dollars.

The University of North Texas’ Risk Management and Insurance program has been awarded the Global Centers of Insurance Excellence (GCIE) designation by the International Insurance Society. To receive the designation, a program needs to meet stringent criteria including accreditation, curriculum, faculty qualification, student employment and involvement with industry. As of 2018, only 29 universities from around the world had received the award and UNT is the only program to be honored in Texas.

Why Risk Management and Insurance?

With more than 40 thousand insurance industry positions available in the DFW Metroplex alone, the demand for UNT RMI students has never been higher. The UNT RMI program is uniquely positioned to help you launch your career.

Consider the following.

  • Nationally renowned program
  • Numerous scholarships and paid internships
  • High demand for graduates
  • Strong industry network
  • Award winning student insurance organization
  • Annual career fair focused solely on RMI opportunities
  • Extensive alumni network
  • Study abroad opportunities
 

Insurance is a global industry that employs well over two million people in the US alone. The insurance industry provides flexible work environments, excellent salary and benefits, great career advancement potential, and much more.

 

Examples of career opportunities include:

  • Actuaries
  • Underwriters
  • Risk Managers
  • Claims Adjusters
  • Risk Analysts
  • Brokers/Agents
  • Financial Planners
  • Loss Control Specialists

Curriculum

The RMI program offers major and minor degrees, as well as insurance certificates. Our curriculum consists of the following seven courses:

  • Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance
  • Property/Liability Risk Management and Insurance
  • Insurance Company Operations
  • Risk Management
  • Life Insurance
  • Estate Planning
  • Employee Benefit Programs

Offering maximum scheduling flexibility, there are three RMI degree paths from which to choose:

A B.B.A. in RMI gives students an in-depth understanding of risk management and various types of insurance. Armed with this knowledge, students have a competitive advantage over other (non-RMI) applicants when competing for insurance industry positions.

Required courses:

  • RMIN 2500 Intro. of Risk Mgmt & Insurance
  • RMIN 4300 Property/Liab Risk Mgmt & Insur.
  • RMIN 4310 Insurance Company Operations
  • RMIN 4600 Risk Management

Select two courses from the following:

  • RMIN 4800 Internship
  • RMIN 4200 Life Insurance
  • RMIN 4400 Employee Benefit Programs
  • RMIN 4500 Estate Planning
  • RMIN 4900 Special Problems

Select two courses from any 3000 or 4000 level CoB courses (approved in advance by the RMIN Faculty Advisor), or any 3000 or 4000 MATH of ECON courses approved for actuarial certificate.

Required courses:

  • RMIN 2500 Intro. of Risk Mgmt & Insurance
  • RMIN 4600 Risk Management

Select two courses from the following:

  • RMIN 4300 Property/Liab Risk Mgmt & Insur.
  • RMIN 4310 Insurance Company Operations
  • RMIN 4800 Internship
  • RMIN 4200 Life Insurance
  • RMIN 4400 Employee Benefit Programs
  • RMIN 4500 Estate Planning
  • RMIN 4900 Special Problems

Select two courses from: 3000/4000 level MATH, ECON, EADP, or any CoB courses approved in advance by the RMIN Faculty Advisor.

Required courses:

  • RMIN 2500 Intro. of Risk Mgmt & Insurance
  • RMIN 4600 Risk Management

Select two courses from the following:

  • RMIN 4800 Internship
  • RMIN 4900 Special Problems
  • RMIN 4200 Life Insurance
  • RMIN 4300 Property/Liab Risk Mgmt & Insur.
  • RMIN 4310 Insurance Company Operations
  • RMIN 4400 Employee Benefit Programs
  • RMIN 4500 Estate Planning

Student Fraternity

Our strong, active and award-winning insurance fraternity, the Beta Zeta Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), stands as a galvanizing, student-led organization that facilitates bringing together our students and the insurance industry.

Membership affords students:

  • Conference travel
  • Professional development
  • Enhanced internship opportunities
  • Company visits and job shadow opportunities
  • Access to professional contacts
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Preferred consideration for scholarships
  • Fun social events

Faculty

Our classes are taught by nationally renowned full-time faculty members. Our faculty are well-published and have won multiple national teaching and research awards. Additionally, the Journal of Insurance Issues, a leader in the insurance academic journal field, currently calls UNT’s G. Brint Ryan College of Business home as two of the RMI faculty currently serve as co-editors of the Journal.

Yu-Luen Ma


Professor
Department of FIREL
G. Brint Ryan College of Business

BLB 378A

Stephen Poe


Professor
Department of FIREL
G. Brint Ryan College of Business

BLB 329F

Nat Pope


Associate Professor
Department of FIREL
G. Brint Ryan College of Business

BLB 336F

Jianren Xu


Assistant Professor
Department of FIREL
G. Brint Ryan College of Business

BLB 394E