Bachelor’s Degree Program in Business Administration with a Specialization in Risk and Insurance
"The highlight of the Specialization in Risk and Insurance program was the management simulation in the 7th semester. As part of a management game, we simulated the running of an insurance company and were able to combine what we had learned in the various course modules and apply it in practice."
Gilles Meier, Graduate, Business Administration with a Specialization in Risk and Insurance
The insurance sector needs highly qualified professionals and managers with extensive knowledge of business administration and practically oriented know-how. The specialization Risk and Insurance is a part-time program that helps you prepare for the challenges of this industry.
At a Glance
Title: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Administration (UAS) Zurich with a Specialization in Risk and Insurance
Academic Achievement: 180 ECTS credits (one ECTS corresponds to approx. 30 hours of study time)
Study Format: Full-time, part-time
Duration: 6 semesters (full-time), 8 semesters (part-time)
Start of Program: Mid-September (calendar week 38)
Language of Instruction: German; some modules are taught in English
Semester Fee: CHF 720.- (subject to change)
Application Deadline: 30 April 2023 - apply now
The specialization “Risk and Insurance” will enable you to become an insurance specialist. The focus of this specialization is on acquiring analytical skills and solid specialist knowledge. You will gain an overview of value creation processes as well as product development and maintenance in the insurance market. You will analyze and formulate product strategies and develop marketing and sales concepts. Finally, you will also deal with the legal aspects of insurance contracts and insurance supervision.
You will learn how an insurance company operates as a whole, where the relevant levers are, and what process of change the industry is currently undergoing. Risk and Insurance was developed in cooperation with practitioners and is recommended by the Swiss Insurance Association (SIA).
- Project management
- Management support
- Team management function
- Specialist function
- Staff function
- Private insurers
- Health and accidence insurers
- InsurTech companies
- Pension funds
- Financial services providers
A specialization in Risk & Insurance provides sound scientific knowledge as well as practical know-how. As a full-time student, the program takes six semesters, as a part-time student eight semesters to complete. The specialization "Risk & Insurance" offered at the ZHAW School of Management and Law is unique in Switzerland.
- A federally recognized vocational baccalaureate: no entrance exam or additional professional experience required
- A non-commercial vocational baccalaureate: no entrance exam required; at least one year of regular work experience in the commercial field
- A federally recognized academic baccalaureate: no entrance exam required; at least one year of regular work experience in the commercial field
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In 2019, this program was awarded the PREMIUM seal by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) for its excellent quality in study and teaching.
The detailed assessment and further information about the accreditations of the ZHAW School of Management and Law can be found here.