In the state of California, students can pursue education that can prepare them for a variety of careers in the insurance industry. Seven schools in the state have degree programs or certificate programs that include insurance classes, with preparatory coursework designed for prospective insurance professionals or individuals already employed as insurance agents, brokers, underwriters, financial planners or field representatives. Insurance is often offered as a concentration within a business degree program. Students may also get the opportunity to complete an internship. The following schools include three members of the California State University system and four public community colleges.
California State University - Dominguez Hills
The city of Carson is home to California State University - Dominguez Hills, selected as the site for a state college in 1965. Through the College of Extended and International Education, students can pursue a six-course program leading to a Certificate of Completion in Medical Insurance Billing. Courses include third party payers, insurance problem solving, regulatory requirements, coding and applied billing techniques.
California State University - Fullerton
The Fullerton campus of the California State University (CSU) system was the 12th public state college upon its founding in 1957. Through the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in risk management and insurance. Core coursework covers financial and managerial accounting as well as business calculus. Other program courses include quantitative business analysis in probability, statistics and management science, estate planning, liability risk insurance, insurance marketing and distribution, as well as actuarial science.
California State University - Northridge
Originally approved in 1955 as a satellite campus of Los Angeles State College, the Northridge campus of the CSU system houses the College of Business and Economics and the Department of Finance, Real Estate and Insurance. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance with an optional concentration in insurance and financial services. Program courses cover topics such as insurance principles, business law, life and health insurance, risk management and retirement planning.
Located in Norwalk, Cerritos College is a public 2-year institution founded in 1955. The college offers a Certificate in Insurance as career preparation for field representatives, loss control specialists and underwriters, as well as agents and brokers. Courses in the include topics such as property and liability, commercial insurance, codes and ethics, personal insurance and an insurance internship.
Glendale Community College
Founded in Glendale in 1927 to serve the communities of La Crescenta, Glendale and Tujunga, Glendale Community College is a public 2-year institution. Students can pursue an Associate of Science in Insurance Specialist through a program that includes liability insurance, property insurance, commercial insurance, personal insurance and workplace ethics. Students may also choose to pursue a Certificate in Insurance Professional through a 16- to 17-credit program designed for individuals who already have a degree or work experience in the insurance industry.
Santa Monica College
Santa Monica College was opened in 1929. Students can pursue an Associate in Arts in Business with an insurance specialist area of emphasis. Coursework for the program includes personal and commercial insurance, business law, insurance codes and ethics. Students may also choose a 31-unit Certificate in Insurance Professional or a 12-unit Certificate in Insurance Specialist program.
Solano Community College
The rural community of Fairfield is home to Solano Community College, established in 1945 as Vallejo Junior College. Students can pursue an Associate of Science in Business - Insurance: property and casualty. Program courses include personal insurance, commercial insurance and an introduction to property and liability risk. Students may also choose to pursue a Certificate in Business - Insurance: property and casualty or complete the job-direct insurance specialist program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Insurance Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|California State University - Dominguez Hills|| 4-year; public
|Certificate in Medical Insurance Billing|| $6,942 in-state
|California State University - Fullerton|| 4-year; public
|Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Risk Management and Insurance concentration|| $6,886 in-state
|California State University - Northridge|| 4-year; public;
|Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Bachelor of Science in Finance - Insurance and Financial Planning concentration|| $6,893 in-state
|Cerritos College|| 2-year; public
|Certificate in Insurance|| $1,346 in-state
|Glendale Community College|| 2-year; public
| Associate of Science in Insurance Specialist,
Certificate in Insurance Professional
| $1,175 in-state
|Santa Monica College|| 2-year; public
| Associate in Arts in Business - Insurance Specialist area of emphasis,
Certificate in Insurance Professional,
Certificate in Insurance Specialist
| $1,142 in-state
|Solano Community College|| 2-year; public
| Associate of Science in Business - Insurance: Property and Casualty,
Certificate in Business - Insurance: Property and Casualty
| $1,140 in-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator