Actuarial science is an area of mathematical and statistical science that requires expertise in specializations of probability and interest theory, coupled with a strong foundation in accounting, finance and economics. This certificate provides students with preparation for professional actuarial credentialing exams offered by the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Actuarial Science (Certificate)
Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of
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Application RequirementsAll students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Risk is a part of daily life and wherever there is risk, there are opportunities for actuarial intervention. Many actuaries work with insurance companies to calculate premiums, determine reserves needed to ensure an organization's financial health and to ensure organizations conform to stringent, complex legal mandates. Others help companies to establish retirement plans or are employed as consultants. Students with a certificate in actuarial science possess skills that are transferable to any industry and any organization that requires risk modeling and management, including:
- colleges and universities
- consulting firms
- energy, such as utilities, oil and gas
- environment (on issues such as climate change and the financial impact or risk of extreme events)
- financial services, such as banking and investment management
- government agencies such as Social Security, the Department of Labor and Medicare (to manage social programs and to develop regulations and legislation)
- insurance companies
- retirement and pensions
- transportation, such as shipping and air travel
Students can also apply the advanced problem-solving skills learned in the actuarial science certificate program to a variety of other professional careers, including:
- business operations specialists