Actuarial Science, Master of Science
Actuaries are professionals who use their strong quantitative skills to place a price on risk. Pricing risk allows insurance companies to provide coverage against a variety of loss events, occurrences that can range from a tree falling on a house to a satellite launch failing to a cargo ship sinking. The pricing of risk is also essential for governments to successfully provide social welfare programs and insurance protection against catastrophic risks such as flooding.
The actuarial profession is often ranked as one of the best career paths to pursue. The number of actuaries is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This strong demand for actuaries makes the MS in Actuarial Science an attractive choice for someone with strong quantitative skills.
The School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University is recognized by the Society of Actuaries as a Center of Actuarial Excellence since 2009, is a winner of University Award from the Casualty Actuarial Society, and is a Global Center of Insurance Excellence designated by the International Insurance Society. The Master of Science in Actuarial Science program offered by the School of Risk Management, located on our Manhattan Campus, provides career preparation to students seeking entry into the profession of actuarial science. The curriculum is designed to enhance students’ critical and analytical thinking, as well as prepare them to pass professional examinations required to be a credentialed actuary.
The Manhattan campus of the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science provides a unique advantage to its students: the proximity to the world’s financial center. With the School’s extensive network of professional alumni and its involved corporate Board of Overseers, our students have vast networking and career opportunities. Many students work as paid interns during the academic year and summer, and enjoy interaction with risk actuarial professionals and alumni who visit the campus regularly. The Ellen Thrower Center for Apprenticeship and Career Services prepares and connects actuarial students with internships and full-time jobs through a variety of activities including two actuarial and risk management career fairs every year.
All candidates with strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply for the MS-ACT program. Two semesters (at least six credit hours) of college-level calculus and one semester (at least three credit hours) of calculus-based probability courses are required. Applicants who have passed the professional exam Probability (Society of Actuaries Exam P/Casualty Actuarial Society Exam 1) will receive scholarships of at least $10,000 each if accepted. The highest level of scholarship, $35,000, can cover 90 percent of the program tuition.
All applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or the international equivalent prior to enrollment at the graduate level. In addition to the application form and non-refundable application fee candidates should submit the following:
- Statement of professional goals and resume which can be uploaded as part of the application for admission;
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended;
- Official GMAT or GRE scores, taken within the last five years;
- Two letters of recommendation, obtained from professional or academic references; and
- Official TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English.
For additional information about the application process, please contact:
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Office of Graduate Admission
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
For more information about the curriculum, you may contact the program director, Ping Wang, Ph.D.