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Master of Science in Actuarial Science


The objective of the master of science in actuarial science degree program is to educate future actuarial industry leaders in actuarial theory and methods in a wide spectrum of applications involving probabilistic and statistical models. All students will be prepared to take five actuarial preliminary exams and will take two advanced actuarial classes to prepare for professional accreditation. Furthermore, students who did not take classes required for Validation of Educational Experience credits in statistics, finance and economics will have such opportunity. With this combined knowledge of mathematics — particularly of probability, statistics and decision theory — and financial mathematics and insurance, the expected passing of five actuarial exams and the three required VEE credits, graduates will be able to work as senior actuaries in insurance, consulting, finance, government and emerging markets.

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Actuarial Science

Catalog page: MS

MS in Actuarial Science Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Test score required: Yes

GRE scores of at least 143 verbal, 155 quantitative and 310 combined are preferred. Higher standards prevail for applicants seeking teaching assistantships.

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Resume required: Yes

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Dr. Ron Dearing
Office: FO 2.410A
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Possible Careers

Professionals in insurance industry, government, consulting, financial or accounting firms

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.