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Actuarial science is a special discipline for training students to apply mathematical skills and statistical techniques to study uncertain future events, especially those of concern to insurance and pension programs. Read more
Actuarial science is a special discipline for training students to apply mathematical skills and statistical techniques to study uncertain future events, especially those of concern to insurance and pension programs. The Actuarial Sciences concentration in the Professional Science major is a relatively new master’s program at MTSU. The program offers training so that students can make practical use of probability theory and statistical analysis for managing risks and solving problems. An internship takes the place of writing a thesis. Actuaries may work for insurance companies, consulting firms, government, employee benefit departments of large corporations, hospitals, banks and investment firms, or, more generally, in businesses that need to manage financial risk. A career as an actuary is better described as a "business" career with a mathematical basis rather than as a "technical" mathematical career. The occupation of actuary has been ranked for many years as one of the best jobs based on a variety of factors.

The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.

The Professional Science Master's, as it is commonly called, combines the business management skills commonly found in the traditional M.B.A. type program with advanced learning in specific science fields.

This interdisciplinary program is a partnership among the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.

The concentration in Actuarial Sciences offers preparation, basic knowledge, and professional skills to individual who want to work as an actuary and to pass actuarial professional examinations.

Career

A master's degree from MTSU in Professional Science with a concentration in Actuarial Sciences can lead to opportunities for becoming an actuary, a career that is well paying and in high demand. Graduates are well positioned to fill the growing need for individuals with this highly specialized training in the financial services and consulting industries in addition to the traditional insurance and health care industries. Examples of potential positions include:

Actuarial analyst
Actuarial auditing
Annuity pricing actuary
Chief actuary and vice president
Consulting actuary
Data analyst
Financial actuary
General liability actuary
Health actuary
Investment researcher
Investment valuation
Life reinsurance pricing
Life valuation
Model validation financial actuary
Mortality valuation
Product actuary
Risk and hedging
Risk management
Specialty pricing actuary
Underwriting

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Acuff & Associates
Aetna
Alfa Insurance
American General Life and Accident Insurance Co.
Bank of China
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
BPS&M – Wells Fargo Commercial, Brentwood
Caterpillar Finance
China Actuarial Society
China PingAn Insurance
Cigna
Consumers Insurance
Direct General Group of Companies
Farm Bureau Insurance
Farmers Insurance
First Acceptance Insurance
Genworth Financial
Humana Inc., Kentucky
Humana Inc., Texas
Lincoln Financial Group
Nationwide Insurance
Select Actuarial Services
Sigma Actuarial Consulting Group, Inc.
State Farm Insurance
Tower and Watson, Memphis
Tower and Watson, Atlanta
Travelers Insurance
Willis North America Inc.
Zurich Insurance

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Columbia University’s Master of Science in Actuarial Science grounds you in the latest theory and methods, prepares you for all actuarial exams, and equips you with new skills to excel in the workplace. Read more
Columbia University’s Master of Science in Actuarial Science grounds you in the latest theory and methods, prepares you for all actuarial exams, and equips you with new skills to excel in the workplace.

The program’s core faculty are credentialed actuaries and some of the most respected analytical minds in the country. The core curriculum spans probability and statistics, actuarial models and methods, and stochastic processes, with more than 40 comprehensive electives in property/casualty, pensions, life insurance, health insurance, statistics, economics, business, mathematics, and finance. Coursework includes real-world challenges that you solve, document, and present in class to sharpen your professional communication skills. The program has an extensive focus on professional and career development and includes a Proseminar, mentoring, career fairs and professional networking events, résumé and cover letter review and critique, and F1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).

The program, which may be taken on a part-time or a full-time basis, is offered on Columbia’s campus in New York City, with options to complete select coursework online. (International students who are planning to do so may enroll in one online class each semester.) Online, students connect with their instructors and fellow students through a highly collaborative and interactive social learning platform that incorporates weekly live discussion groups, prerecorded lectures, collaborative and independent coursework, and forums. Whether studying on campus or online, all students have the same access to rigorous coursework, instruction by Columbia faculty, intensive career and professional development, and thorough exam preparation.

Funding Information

You can find more information on Financial resources here: http://sps.columbia.edu/actuarial-science/tuition-and-financing/financial-resources

To request more information on this particular program you can fill out the information here: https://inq.applyyourself.com/?id=COL-SCEMS&pid=1686

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