Enrollment & Transfers

Individual Course Enrollment

Non-degree students may take no more than four actuarial science (ACTU) courses at Columbia before applying to the master’s degree program. The courses will count towards the master's degree if the students are accepted in the program. No more than four courses will count towards the M.S. degree.

To take individual courses, non-degree students must apply to take a class through Postbaccalaureate Studies.

Enrollment in individual courses as a Postbaccalaureate Studies student is appropriate for those who wish to take courses to prepare to apply for admission to the Actuarial Science program. Successful completion of Actuarial Science courses does not guarantee admission to those who subsequently apply to the master’s program.

Advanced Standing

Previous Course Work — Into the Program

In principle, the School of Professional Studies does not accept transfer credit for degree work done at another institution. However, students enrolled in a Master of Science program may petition Student Affairs for Advanced Standing if they believe coursework they have previously done is duplicative.

Transfer Credit — Out of the Program

Students who seek to apply course credit towards a degree must consult with the degree-granting school in order to determine eligibility and limitations. The School of Professional Studies cannot advise students on the applicability of credit toward another degree.