Become an actuary suited to excel in today’s workplace.

Columbia University’s Master of Science in Actuarial Science program goes beyond core study in probability and statistics. Designed to anticipate and exceed industry needs, the program provides you with essential skills in leadership, management, and communication, and enables you to focus your study on cutting-edge subjects including predictive modeling, machine learning, risk management, and financial markets.

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Program Features

Industry-Driven Mission
Our curriculum is designed to anticipate and exceed industry needs. It equips students with knowledge and skills to excel in the evolving workplace, and fosters leaders in the rapidly expanding actuarial profession.

Academic Excellence
An academic committee staffed by faculty from Columbia’s Department of Statistics, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), and elsewhere at the University, steers the curriculum quality, admissions criteria, course approvals, and faculty hiring.

Interdisciplinary Study
Students have access to many courses offered across the University, including through the Departments of Statistics, Math, and Economics, and the M.S. in Enterprise Risk Management and Business Certification programs.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty
All core courses are taught by actuaries and analytical professionals who have a Ph.D. and 15+ (most of them 20+) years of industry experience. Most also have SOA/CAS (Society of Actuaries/Casualty Actuarial Society) designations.

Worldwide Recognition
Eduniversal ranks the program third among master’s or MBA in insurance/risk management programs worldwide.

Leadership Development
The program’s professional and career development features and courses have been tailored to build leadership, presentation, and communication skills.

Global Network
Students and graduates join an elite global network of 650+ Ivy League alumni who hold pivotal roles, and industry thought-leaders who are aligned with the program.


Curricular Design Strategy

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A Powerful Global Network

This list represents a sample of the 160+ organizations that are part of the program’s global network. Many of these organizations provide employment opportunities to our students and alumni, participate in the Proseminar lecture and networking series, act as mentors for the Integrated Project elective, and take part in annual events including the Columbia Actuarial Science Career Day, Columbia Actuarial Science Program Career Fair, and the Actuarial Society of Greater New York’s Actuarial Career Fair.


American Express

Aon Hewitt

Arch Insurance

Atikus Insurance

AXA Equitable


Buck Consultants


Credit Suisse

CSAA Insurance

Delaware Life



EY (formerly Ernst & Young)

FIRM, Inc.

Frenkel Benefits LLC

General Life

General Re

Guy Carpenter

Hanover Life

Hay Group

ING Group

John Hancock

MassMutual Financial Group



MIB Group


Mutual of Omaha

New York City Department of Education

New York City Department of Finance

New York Life

Ocean Capital

Pension Associates

Plymouth Rock Assurance


Prudential Insurance

Swiss Re

The Hartford




Who Should Apply

With strong quantitative skills who are looking to transition into the actuarial field.

Prospective Actuaries
Interested in starting a career, career advancement, and exam preparation.

All applicants require knowledge of elementary economics, linear algebra, and multivariate calculus.

Additional program option in Actuarial Science

Online Certification of Professional Achievement in Actuarial Science

In as few as two semesters, build and expand your knowledge of actuarial science and provide a foundation to successfully enter the field.

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