Earn Your Bachelor’s in Risk Management
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Risk Management program prepares graduates for a future career working in risk management and insurance. Created by the Colangelo College of Business, this program was created to help students obtain jobs in risk, insurance, corporate finance and banking. Upon completion of this risk management degree, graduates will be able to identify, analyze and manage risks within an organization. Offered online, this program is consistent with GCU’s mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders.
Risk Management Degree Online Learning at GCU
GCU has been accredited for over 50 years and stands out as an innovator in online learning. GCU’s online programs are targeted toward working professionals and can be conveniently completed from anywhere at any time. Additionally, online students have access to the same benefits as on-campus students including fully-trained faculty members, supportive counselors, online resources and the ability to use on-campus resources if they so choose.
What Do Risk Management BS Majors Learn?
In GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Risk Management program, students will learn about the risk management process including identifying and analyzing risk, understanding how risk impacts businesses/individuals and what mitigation techniques such as insurance may be available to protect assets. In addition, students will study organizational and enterprise risk management. Finally, students will learn about the accounting cycle and the construction of financial statements, examine the market forces of supply and demand under different market structures, discuss the basic functions of the monetary system, analyze the macro economy in terms of long-run economic productivity and growth and in terms short-run fluctuations, build financial models to help analyze a company and more.
To graduate from this 120-credit program, students must pass courses including:
- Business statistics
- Ethical and legal issues in business
- Fundamentals of business finance
- Management accounting
- Organizational behavior and management
- Global risk management practices
- Implementing risk management strategies
- Property and casualty insurance
- Life and health insurance
Career Fields for Risk Management Degree Graduates
After completing GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Risk Management program, students will be well versed in methods of mitigating and managing risk within an organization. Program graduates may go on to become:
- Claims adjusters/examiners
- Insurance agents
- Loss prevention field representatives
- Customer service
- Sales agent/rep
- Risk analysts
- Risk managers
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.