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Launch Your Career as an Actuary with a Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science

The Wisconsin School of Business Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science will broaden your knowledge and give you a competitive edge in pursuing your career as an actuary.

Designed for math-savvy students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than actuarial science, this high-quality certificate program will prepare you for passing the preliminary professional exams required by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) or the Society of Actuaries (SOA).

You also will benefit from real-world learning experiences by engaging with actuarial science, risk management, and insurance industry professionals. A key strength of this program is its flexibility and relatively short time to completion.

Pursue a Lucrative Actuarial Career

Actuarial science is consistently rated as a top career, with the potential to earn from $150,000 to $250,000 annually, according to the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 22 percent increase in the employment of actuaries from 2016 to 2026. Actuaries will be needed to develop, price, and evaluate products for the insurance industry and to calculate the costs of new risks for businesses and industries.

The Wisconsin School of Business Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science will strategically prepare you for success in this growing, lucrative field.

Mallory Grossman

“I’ve noticed that employers who’ve hired alumni from the Capstone program know the value that a Capstone job candidate brings to the workplace.”

—Mallory Grossman

Read about Mallory's career shift

Program Overview

The Capstone Certificate curriculum consists of 15 credits (five courses) which can be completed in as little as nine months.

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How to Apply

Applications are accepted for both Fall and Spring semesters. Take the next step toward a successful career as an actuary.

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Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science at a Glance




15 graduate level credits

Time Frame

Two semesters;
start in the fall or spring


Bachelor’s degree; GPA 2.0; semester-long mathematical probability course

Certificate Awarded

Capstone Certificate
in Actuarial Science

Offered By

Wisconsin School of Business
at UW–Madison

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