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Admissions Timeline

Deadlines

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to ensure it is reviewed before the program has reached capacity.

Notifications will be delivered through the online application system.

Fall
Deadlines
All Students
Priority Deadline January 15
The application review period begins. Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Second Review Date March 15
Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Deadline May 15
Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
International Students
Recommended Application Date March 15
Students requiring an F-1 visa are strongly advised to apply by this date. Applicants who submit a completed application by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks; contact us for exceptions.
Spring
Deadlines*
All Students
Priority Deadline September 1
The application review period begins. All applications completed by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks.
Deadline October 1
All applications completed after September 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
International Students
Recommended Application Date September 1
Students requiring an F-1 visa are strongly advised to apply by this date. All applications completed by this date will receive a decision within 6 weeks; contact us for exceptions.

* Online option only available for Fall intake.

 

Applicant Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Knowledge of elementary economics (ECON W1105), linear algebra (MATH V2010), and multivariate calculus (MATH V1202)
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking and analysis
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (most successful applicants)

Application Process

  1. Gather all materials and enter all requested information in the online application form. See Application Requirements below
  2. Submit your online application and fee payment.
  3. Receive an admissions decision notification online.

international students

  1. Immediately after receiving your letter of admission, complete the Application for Visa Certificate. See Visa Requirements below

 

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form

  • $95.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency)

    Fee payment must accompany the online application.

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

    Domestic Transcripts From institutions in the U.S. or Canada

    If your transcripts are from an institution in the U.S. or Canada, we strongly recommend submitting unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official documents prior to enrollment for verification before the offer is considered official.

    For those applicants who are offered admission, official transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institutions certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Copies, opened or unsealed envelopes, unofficial printouts, or facsimiles will not be accepted. Many schools take a number of weeks to fulfill transcript requests; please plan accordingly. The admissions committee reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission already made if there is a discrepancy between the self-reported transcript and the official transcript.

    International Transcripts From institutions outside the U.S. or Canada

    If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the U.S. or Canada, the Office of Enrollment Management requires you to submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a third party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation.

    Instructions for using WES

    WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with GPA and course-levels) and request to have WES send your evaluation to Columbia University School of Continuing Education. The school can be found by searching Columbia University and then selecting School of Continuing Education. (Recently, the School’s name changed from the School of Continuing Education to the School of Professional Studies. Although the new name does not yet appear in the WES system, the School of Professional Studies will receive all evaluations sent to the School of Continuing Education.) The evaluation provided to the School of Professional Studies becomes an official academic record and sole property of the School of Professional Studies upon its receipt.

    WES evaluations will be reviewed by the School of Professional Studies administrators and the determination of degree equivalency to U.S. degrees is at the discretion of the School of Professional Studies.

  • Your résumé

    Note if you passed any of the SOA/CAS exams.

  • Three letters of recommendation

    Written by teachers or professional supervisors who are well-positioned to comment on your intellectual strengths and professional promise. Applicants who have received their bachelor’s degree within the last five years must submit at least one recommendation from a teacher who can comment on your academic aptitude.

    Applicants notify their recommenders of the request through the online application system and are strongly encouraged to do so as early as possible to compensate for any potential delays in submission on the part of the recommender. Recommendations are submitted through the online application system.

  • Statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words)

    The statement of academic purpose should address your purpose and interest in pursuing a degree in actuarial science, how the degree program fits into your overall professional growth, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience, how the program relates to your immediate and long-term professional plans, and how you expect to contribute to the field.

  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.
    The admissions committee pays particular attention to the quantitative reasoning score. For complete information regarding the GRE go to www.gre.org. School report code: 3602.

  • An admissions interview may be required

  •  Students whose native language is not English must include proof of English proficiency.

    English Language Proficiency

    Applicants taking the TOEFL must have a score of at least 100 on the Internet-based version (600 paper based). Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of 7.0 or higher. Applicants receiving scores below the posted minimums may be advised to apply directly to the American Language Program.

    Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official scores from either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The requirement is only waived if:

    • The applicant has completed all coursework for and earned their undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a country where English is the sole official language. Please note that graduate level work does not exempt applicants from meeting this requirement.

    • The applicant has completed at least two years at an undergraduate U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where the sole official language is English and earned the undergraduate (or bachelor's) degree at that institution.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial documents through the online application system at the time of application. Candidates offered admission will later be required to supply official scores sent directly from either TOEFL or IELTS prior to enrollment for verification before the admission offer is considered official. (Use school code 2594 to report TOEFL scores.)

  •  International students must fulfill visa requirements.

    Visa Requirements

    Since the Actuarial Science program offers a full-time study option, international students enrolled in a full-time course load—registered for at least 12 points of credit-bearing courses a term—are eligible for a student visa.

    Eligible international students who wish to apply for a student visa should do so immediately after they have received their letter of admission to Columbia University. This should be done by completing the Application for Visa Certificate (AVC). Applicants should be aware that after admission into a program it may take up to four weeks to receive the documents needed from Columbia to obtain a student visa, so please plan accordingly.

    International students who require a student visa to study at Columbia are required to pay an International Services fee. See Tuition and Fees for more information.

    You can find the online application for visa certificate by clicking here: http://isso.columbia.edu/. While you are not permitted to submit the application until you have gained admission, we strongly encourage you to read the instructional information provided.

    For questions about individual cases, please contact:
    International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
    212-854-3587
    isso@columbia.edu
    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/isso

Mailing Address and Contact Information

All submitted materials should clearly bear the applicant’s name and the name of the program to which he or she is applying.

Actuarial Science Program
Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902

Phone 212-854-9666

Email

apply@sps.columbia.edu
Office hours
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.