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Actuarial Science

Master of Science

Certification of Professional Achievement

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Join a distinguished community of actuarial leaders.

The Master of Science in Actuarial Science program at Columbia University is internationally renowned for its breakthrough curriculum and esteemed faculty. The program equips students with the tools, skills, and knowledge to excel in today’s rapidly evolving actuarial and related workplaces, with a course of study designed to anticipate and exceed industry needs. Students are prepared to assume leadership positions and meet ever expanding opportunities. Columbia’s location in New York City, the financial and actuarial capital of the world, allows students access to the world’s foremost practitioners and leaders.

The program's academic rigor greatly benefits from partners and advisors in the Actuarial Science Academic Committee (ASAC). ASAC members are professors across Columbia University's Statistics Department, the Engineering School, and the School of Professional Studies. ASAC steers the program's academic affairs, including curriculum and faculty recruitment.

Learn more about the program in the Actuarial Science Fact Sheet.

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#3 The program is ranked #3 worldwide for the best master's program in actuarial science and ranked #6 for best master's program in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science by Eduniversal (2019).
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24% The employment of actuaries in the U.S. is expected to increase 24% by 2030 compared to an 8% growth average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Program Options
Program Options Required Experience Course Formats Time Commitment
Master of Science (full‑time)

Knowledge of elementary economics, linear algebra, and multivariate calculus


3 semesters

Master of Science (part‑time)

Knowledge of elementary economics, linear algebra, and multivariate calculus


Up to 3 years

Certification of Professional Achievement

Strong academic record in mathematics, statistics, economics or quantitative studies


2 semesters

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Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure Requirements

Institutions providing distance education are required to provide certain general disclosures for educational programs, regardless of modality, that prepare students for professional licensure or certification. The required information relates to whether or not the educational program meets the requirements for professional licensure or certification in all other states. Where applicable, an institution must also indicate when such a determination cannot be made.

Professional licensure and certification requirements may vary state to state. This information is also subject to change. Students should contact the appropriate licensing or certification agency for his or her home state to obtain the most up to date information.

Actuarial Science

The School of Professional Studies Actuarial Science program prepares students for the associate actuarial certification examinations of Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society and thereby does meets the academic requirements for certification in all 50 states.

Date of Last Revision: July 2020