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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Risk Management and Insurance Certificate

The certificate program in risk management and insurance (RMI) is a way for individuals already working in risk management, insurance, and financial services to develop a deeper understanding of the business in which they work without the larger and protracted experience of seeking a complete (or in some cases second) undergraduate degree. The RMI certificate is only available to non-matriculated students.

Can the courses translate into credit towards a professional designation?

The RMI 350  course (Corporate Risk Management and Insurance) qualifies as credit towards two different, highly respected risk management and insurance professional designations.

  1. CRM (Certified Risk Manager): The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research awards the CRM designation to risk professionals after completion of five components (see If you earn a C or better in this course you can earn credit for the “Financing of Risk” component of the CRM designation at absolutely no cost to you.
  2. CPCU (Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter): The Institutes awards many different risk management and insurance professional designations, with the CPCU designation being one of the most recognized designations in the industry. It requires the completion of eight national exams (see The CPCU Collegiate Studies program (see allows students at qualifying universities to earn credit towards the CPCU designation by earning at least a B or better in a qualified course. RMI 350  is a qualifying course, satisfying the CPCU 557 - Survey of Commercial Insurance component.

All of the RMI course are approved for continuing education credits for the Maine state insurance agents license through the Maine Bureau of Insurance.

For more information regarding the RMI Certificate Program contact:
Professor Dana Kerr
(207) 780-4059 -

Program Requirements

Admission to the RMI certificate program is open to those who have completed 54 credit hours with a GPA of 2.33 or higher. Those who have a minimum of three years of risk management, insurance, or other financial services work experience and a high school diploma, or GED may also apply.

The RMI certificate is only available to non-matriculated students.

The RMI certificate program is a 15-hour program consisting of two required core courses and three elective courses. There is no particular order in which either core or elective courses must be taken as long as individual course rerequisites are satisfied.


Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

 Choose any three courses from the following list (with permission, other risk-related courses can satisfy elective requirements):

Additional Information

* Completing LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethics in addition to LOS 300, 301, and 350 (all offered online) may allow the student to also earn the Certificate in Leadership Studies.


Enrollment in specific courses is based on eligibility criteria and availability of space in the courses. Enrollment in some highly demanded courses may be restricted or prohibited in any given semester. Admission into the certificate program does not guarantee admission into any other USM program or enrollment in any specific course.


Students must complete the required 15 credit hours within four years after the application date and must earn a minimum 2.33 cumulative GPA to obtain the certificate. Students may be able to apply earned certificate course credit towards an undergraduate business degree at USM provided they earn a minimum 2.33 GPA in the certificate program courses.


Related courses previously taken in associate or baccalaureate degree programs at regionally accredited colleges and universities in which a minimum grade of C+ was earned may be applied towards the non-RMI elective courses of the proposed certificate program. Transfer credit will not be permitted for the RMI core courses. Non-matriculated students enrolled in this certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.