Actuarial Science, Bachelor of Science

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus, Manhattan Campus


An actuary is a business professional who analyzes the financial consequences of risk. They interpret statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters. Actuaries use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to study uncertain future events, especially concerning risk management and insurance programs. Actuaries are considered the “financial architects” of the insurance world.

The field is highly competitive and requires students to pass exams that lead to professional certification by the Society of Actuaries, the Casualty Actuarial Society and other international societies.  Actuaries are in high demand and work for insurance companies, consulting and investment firms, government, employee benefit departments of large corporations, hospitals, and banks.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, forecasts a 21 percent increase in the number of actuarial positions by 2018. The rates actuary one of the three best jobs of 2011.

This multifaceted, professional 130-credit degree program is fully accredited by the prestigious the AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Leveraging St. John's metropolitan location, students have access to the University's longstanding relationships with leading New York-area financial and insurance organizations as well as to mentoring support from local alumni – who are leading professionals in the field of risk management. We also offer apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities, scholarships, job placement services, and student discounts for exam preparation courses offered by the Center for Professional Education.

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Admission for the Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science requires demonstration of a high level of mathematical aptitude measured by the applicant's rigor and achievement in advanced courses taken in high school. Also, a score of 600 or higher on the mathematical section of the SAT exam is required.

  • For undergraduate admission and transfer, Margarita David (Assistant Director for Admissions) at or 718-990-7533.
  • For academic advisement, Anita Webb (Advisement Coordinator) at or 212-277-5190. 
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Career Outcomes

Students will be prepared to:

  • Identify, measure and manage risk and exposure to catastrophe losses
  • Apply probability pricing models for insurance products and insurance-related events
  • Recognize market needs and develop new markets
  • Use sophisticated productivity software
  • Identify sources of new capital and analyze the impact of globalization
  • Formulate an effective business plan
  • Integrate in-depth knowledge of legal and regulatory environment in decision making process
  • Deliver effective and well-written presentations.
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Global Approach to Education

In addition, all business majors can serve those in need while learning about the world of micro-financing by participating in GLOBE. This student-managed academic program works with the University's strategic partners to provide loans for aspiring entrepreneurs who would otherwise be unable to secure loans.

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.

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Additional Information

Along with outstanding courses and renowned professors, Actuarial Science majors at St. John's benefit from the world-class academic, professional and technological resources of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business — and the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, a unit of the Tobin College that is one of the nation's leading collegiate schools of its kind.

The School of Risk Management is based at St. John's Manhattan campus, an award-winning, ten-story facility with state-of-the-art classrooms, business labs and other resources. The Manhattan campus is close to New York City's financial district — the global center of business and finance. Nearby attractions include Battery Park City, the Hudson River waterfront, SoHo, TriBeCa, Chinatown and Little Italy.

The Manhattan campus's Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library has an outstanding collection of worldwide insurance materials dating back to 1569. The Tobin College's Financial Information Lab features  state-of-the-art learning tools including 29 computer workstations. Each computer offers the latest FactSet financial software. The lab provides access to Bloomberg systems as well as news, stock market information and financial data to enrich every student’s understanding of the business world.

Drawing on St. John's extensive contacts in New York City's business sector, the Executive-in-Residence Program (EIRP) is a unique feature of the Tobin College. Guided by leading executives who serve as teachers and mentors, students engage in real-world consulting for actual businesses and non-profit organizations.

The Undergraduate Student-Managed Investment Fund is a highly selective program that gives students hands-on experience with managing a substantial portfolio.

Students gain an academic and professional edge by joining any one of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Business-related clubs in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business include the following:

  • Gamma Iota Sigma: Academic organization for Actuarial Science and Risk Management.
  • APICS, The Educational Society for Resource Management
  • Economics and Finance Society
  • Accounting Society
  • Actuarial Club
  • Advertising Club
  • Marketing Club
  • National Association of Black Accountants 

The Tobin College also offers membership in the following honor societies:

  • Beta Gamma Sigma: The Iota Chapter of this honor society for colleges of business administration
  • Beta Alpha Psi: The national scholastic honor society in accounting
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon: The Theta Chapter of this national honor society in economics
  • Sigma Iota Epsilon: The Sigma Chapter of the national honor society in management

Of course, Risk Management and Insurance majors also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy. For example, all new students receive their own laptop computers with access to the University's award-winning wireless network.

Facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls a Starbucks and full-service food court.

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Joseph Borrino ’90CBA, ’97MBA
A proud graduate of St. John’s Staten Island campus, Joseph Borrino ’90CBA, ’97MBA has enjoyed a unique career. He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Jay Z’s Roc Nation, LLC, one of the most successful full-service entertainment companies in the world.