As an Actuarial Science Capstone Certificate Program student, you will learn from globally recognized faculty in the Risk and Insurance Department, as well as industry leaders in actuarial science, risk management, and insurance.

Our inspired learning experience will enable you to build your professional network and to get hired into your first job as an actuary. You also will gain valuable insights, knowledge and connections by participating in Actuarial Club and Risk Management and Insurance Society events.

While you are in the program, you also can get a head start on building your actuarial career by meeting with career advisors, attending the Risk and Insurance Career Fair, and participating in on-campus interviews.

A Focused Actuarial Curriculum Tailored to Your Needs

The Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science is an accelerated program. As a full-time student, you can expect to complete the program in two or three semesters.

Do I qualify for the two or three semester track?

To complete the Capstone Certificate, it is required that you perform well in a semester-long mathematical probability course, or pass Exam P/1 for SOA/CAS accreditation. If you’ve done this prior to applying for the Capstone Certificate, you are eligible to complete the certificate in two semesters.

If you have yet to complete this requirement, you can take one of the following courses as a part of the three-semester track.

  • Stat/Math 309
  • Stat/Math 311
  • Stat/Math 431

After you complete any necessary prerequisite work and 15 credits of the coursework listed below, you will receive a transcript indicating you have been awarded a Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science.

You may also elect to take additional courses fulfilling the Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirements of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) or Society of Actuaries (SOA). Visit to learn more about VEE requirements.

Required classes:

Act Sci 650 Actuarial Mathematics I

(3 credits)

Advanced problems in the mathematical theory of life contingencies; force of mortality, laws of mortality; premiums and reserves for insurance and annuities based on a single life.

Act Sci 652 Loss Models I

(3 credits)

Definition and selection of probability distributions appropriate for insurance data that are heavily tailed and skewed.

Act Sci 303 Theory of Interest*

(3 credits)

Application of calculus to compound interest; interest compounded discretely and continuously; force of interest functions; annuities payable discretely and continuously; bonds and yield rates.

*Students who have passed SOA/CAS exam FM/2 are not required to take Act Sci 303.

Choose at least one of the following:

Act Sci 651 Actuarial Mathematics II

(3 credits)

Continuation of Act Sci 650. Joint life probabilities, annuities and insurances; multiple‐decrement theory; pension fund mathematics.

Act Sci 653 Loss Models II

(3 credits)

Continuation of Act Sci 652. Estimation of parameters of probability distributions appropriate for insurance data that are heavy tailed and skewed; assessment of credibility of data for rate making.

Choose at least one of the following:

Act Sci 654 Regression and Time Series for Actuaries (Predictive Modeling)

(3 credits)

Linear regression and correlation; generalized linear regression models; introduction to time series; time series model building and forecasting with focus on data of interest to actuaries.

Act Sci 655 Health Analytics

(3 credits)

Introduction to the broad area of health, integrating how researchers from multiple perspectives have investigated various aspects of health, along with the hands‐on practice of learning and using statistical tools to analyze these topics.

Gen Bus 656 Machine Learning for Business Analytics

(3 credits)

Applications for solving business problems, including hands-on practice in the context of various real-world data sets. Supervised learning techniques and unsupervised learning techniques are covered.

You may take additional related courses with faculty consent.

Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science Handbook

The Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the program policies and procedures. All students are encouraged to review the handbook annually.

Learn more about requirements and policies in the program handbook