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Actuarial Science

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.

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#3 The program is ranked #3 worldwide for the best master's program in actuarial science and ranked #8 for best master's program in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science by Eduniversal (2019).
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27% Employment of actuaries in the U.S. is expected to increase 27% by 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
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#1 Columbia University’s actuarial science program is ranked #1 worldwide by (2017).
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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