Eastern Kentucky University will offer an online degree in risk management and insurance beginning in Fall 2017
The bachelor’s of business administration will be the only online undergraduate insurance degree offered in Kentucky and one of the few available in the United States.
The EKU risk management and insurance degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and have been offered on campus since 1977. The College of Business and Technology selected the bachelor’s of business administration in risk management and insurance as its first fully online degree due to increased demand from those in the profession.
“Our online program will have the same rigor and quality as the on-campus program,” said Dr. Thomas L. Erekson, dean of the College of Business and Technology. “Students will take the same courses and study with the same professors. It’s a unique opportunity for those working in the field or looking for a new career to continue their education.”
Thanks to an agreement between EKU and the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, online students will also be able to waive two of the exams required for CPCU certification. Graduates are prepared for careers in risk management, underwriting, claims adjustment, company operations, agency and brokerage, and related occupations.
Burning Glass Labor Insight reported that regional demand for bachelor’s-level risk management and insurance professionals grew 50 percent between 2013 and 2016. According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, those with a bachelor’s degree and multiple years of related work experience can earn $50,000-$100,000 annually.
EKU Online students will benefit from:
· quality instruction from an accredited brick-and-mortar university.
· a 100-percent online program with no required campus visits.
· accelerated eight-week terms rather than the traditional 16-week format.
· advisers who will work with them from application through graduation.
Applications are now being accepted for the fall term. For more information, visit https://go.eku.edu/rmionline.
EKU Online provides more than 30 online degree options and has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
EKU to offer bachelor’s in social work online
Eastern Kentucky University will offer the bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) online in Fall 2017. The new format will prepare students for success in a growing field.
“Individuals in social work bring a strong commitment to serving others to their work,” said Dr. Sara Zeigler, interim dean of the EKU College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences. “They are passionate, dedicated and public-spirited.”
In addition to personal fulfillment, social work offers a positive employment outlook. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that specialty areas within the field could grow nearly three times as fast as what is predicted for all other occupations. Moreover, salaries for social workers are increasing steadily.
According to salary.com, the average annual salary for a social worker in the Ohio Valley region (including Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois) is $46,000 to $60,000, depending on the location.
Social workers with bachelor’s degrees may find employment in a variety of fields, including mental health, substance abuse treatment, criminal justice, child welfare and gerontology.
“Many of those currently working in the field need a bachelor’s degree to advance in the profession,” said Dr. Caroline Reid, associate professor and coordinator of the online program. “It’s a privilege to offer an online program to meet their needs.”
From EKU Communications