Risk Management and Insurance

    • Graduates from Gannon’s Dahlkemper School of Business hold various high-level positions with Erie Insurance Group, a Fortune 500 company. 
    • Risk management and insurance students gain a competitive edge through Gannon’s rigorous program, which led a recent graduate to be selected by GEICO for their executive-in-training program.
    • The owner of one of Erie Insurance Group’s largest agencies is a graduate of Gannon’s Risk Management and Insurance program.

    You Will Learn

    Risk management and insurance students will achieve an understanding of the principles and mechanics of insurance, financial planning, employee benefits and risk management. Students will also study ways to mitigate business risk. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in the risk management and insurance industry.


    You Will Experience

    Students will experience an innovative education in the Center for Business Ingenuity, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and global software through the SAP® University Alliances program. Students will receive hands-on opportunities through internships and service-learning projects with local and national businesses, as well as through the unique collaboration between Gannon University’s Dahlkemper School of Business, Small Business Development Center and Erie Technology Incubator.  

    You Will Achieve

    Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following positions in the field of risk management and insurance:

    • claims adjustor  
    • cyber and IT risk manager  
    • industrial safety manager  
    • insurance agent or broker  
    • insurance fraud investigator  
    • risk manager  
    • strategic risk consultant  
    • underwriter  

    You will Study

    Students obtaining a degree in business administration are able to choose from 10 concentrations to prepare for a career in the field of their choice. Students also have the opportunity to complete the Master of Business Administration or Master of Public Administration degree with one additional year of study through the five-year MBA/MPA program.  

    The Dahlkemper School of Business offers innovative courses to prepare students to become business leaders in the global economy. Three of the many course selections are:  

    BCOR 240: Marketing in the Global Environment  

    Students in this course will learn the process of creating and presenting a marketing plan by applying the strategic decisions of marketing, including capturing marketing insights, connecting with customers, shaping market offerings, delivering customer value and successfully growing the business enterprise.  

    ENTR 310: Organizational Innovation  

    An examination of where entrepreneurs get their ideas and discover different types of entrepreneurial opportunities will be studied. This course focuses on understanding the process of idea generation, idea evaluation and developing a comprehensive business plan.    

    BCOR 485: Global Policy and Strategy

    As a project-based course, Global Policy and Strategy requires students to integrate analytical skills by analyzing business opportunities and challenges to make more effective business decisions.   

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in business vary depending on the location and type of organization.    

    • accounting: $67,190  
    • distribution manager: $86,630  
    • finance manager: $117,990  
    • financial analyst: $80,310  
    • healthcare manager: $94,500  
    • human resources manager: $104,440  
    • insurance underwriter: $65,040  
    • market research analyst: $62,150  
    • marketing manager: $128,750  
    • sales manager: $113,860  

     All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).