Florida students seeking an insurance education can find options that range from single courses to full undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in risk management and insurance are available at several business schools, and these programs may include internships and feature online study options. Those interested in becoming insurance sales agents can find on-campus and online pre-licensure courses or short-term career programs that meet Florida State licensure requirements. There are also continuing education courses for licensed insurance professionals who need to renew their licensure.
Florida State University
Located in Tallahassee, Florida State University's College of Business opened in 1950 and is now among the nation's ten largest business schools. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in risk management and insurance are available. The bachelor's program provides studies in insurance products, such as health, life, commercial and property insurance plans, as well as financial risk assessment and management.
The master's program is only available online, and it includes studies in insurance contracts, government regulations, insurance agency processes, financial assessment, risk analysis, estimation of value and projection of necessary coverage. The school only admits two students annually into its PhD program, which requires a master's degree and courses in mathematics and economics as prerequisites. Students in the PhD program learn about company benefit packages and financial risk in business. There are also seminars on life, health, property, and liability insurance products.
Florida SouthWestern State College
Florida SouthWestern State College, located in Ft. Myers, offers online non-credit insurance pre-licensing classes for prospective insurance agents, brokers, adjusters, and representatives, as well as continuing education courses for those already licensed. The pre-licensing courses are available with day, evening or accelerated schedules, and they are targeted towards aspiring general line agents; general lines customer service representatives; personal lines agents; life, health, and variable annuities sales agents; and insurance adjusters.
The school also offers an online 40-hour course for those seeking the Registered Customer Service Representative Designation, and graduates won't need to take the Florida licensure exam. Since Florida licensure requires insurance adjusters, agents and representatives to maintain updated professional education standards and knowledge through 10-24 hours of ethics, law and specialized deduction every two years, the school also offers several continuing education courses for this purpose.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate\Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Florida State University||4-year, public; midsize city|| BS in Risk Management and Insurance
MS in Management in Risk Management and Insurance
PhD in Risk Management and Insurance
|Florida SouthWestern State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large suburb|| Personal and Commercial Line Pre-Licensing Courses,
Registered Customer Service Representative Designation Course,
Insurance Continuing Education Courses
Sources: *NCES College Navigator