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Insurance Management

Facilitating the Future of Insurance

The world is rapidly changing and so is the business of insurance. Climate change, the explosion of data, advancements in technology — these are just some of the disruptive elements that the insurance industry is converting into opportunities for developing new markets and enhancing the client experience. Starting in Fall 2020, Columbia University’s Master’s in Insurance Management will set out to prepare a new generation of professionals to lead the transformation of insurance business management, blending advanced industry knowledge, strategic and operational expertise, and an appetite for turning disruption into profitable innovations. 

The proactive leadership of an insurance enterprise in today’s dynamic environment requires a holistic understanding of the relationships between key functions such as finance, data analytics, and underwriting. Broad knowledge will help professionals balance traditional business methodologies with innovative strategies to deliver timely risk solutions like cyber insurance and parametric insurance that will help their insureds – and themselves – succeed.

A 16-month online program specially designed to accommodate working professionals, Columbia’s Insurance Management program provides a problem-based learning environment led by respected industry professionals. Facilitate the future of insurance join the inaugural class of Columbia University’s Insurance Management master’s program, the only program of its kind in the Ivy League.

Fast Facts

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50% will retire Up to 50% of the current insurance workforce will start retiring within 10-15 years, creating a demand for technical knowledge and expertise.
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1.7 MB per second 1.7 megabytes of data will be generated each second of every day for every person by 2020, with broad potential to shift business strategies.
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$3 Billion Investors are on track to commit over $3 Billion in InsurTech businesses in 2019, providing more insurance business options and partners than ever.​
Program Options
Program Option Required Experience Course Formats Time Commitment
Master of Professional Studies (part-time)

Five years of professional experience

Online asynchronous instruction

Four consecutive terms

Applied research project

Two in-person residencies*

*Domestic students are required to participate in the residencies on Columbia’s campus in New York City. International students are welcome to attend the in-person residencies.  An online version of the residencies is available only for international students who cannot attend in person.

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