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Actuarial Science, Master of Science

Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial 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.

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Applicants to the Tobin College of Business Graduate programs* will automatically be considered for GMAT/GRE waivers for the 2021 academic year.   Applications with a GPA below 3.2 may be strengthened by submitting a GMAT/GRE score. 

*M.S. Finance and M.S. Actuarial Science program applicants may request a waiver to [email protected] after submitting their application, resume, and transcripts.  Students who earned their degree outside of the United States must also submit a foreign credit evaluation and TOEFL/IELTS/DuoLingo scores.

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 2019 and 2029, 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 its students 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.


The program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours, and can be completed by full-time students in 18 months. The courses cover the syllabi of four Society of Actuaries examinations (FM- Financial mathematics, IFM- Investment and Financial Markets, STAM – Short Term Actuarial Mathematics, and LTAM – Long Term Actuarial Mathematics) and three VEE (Validation by Educational Experience) subjects (Economics, Applied Statistics and Corporate Finance). Students who pass actuarial exams during their studies will be reimbursed of their exam fees through a generous corporate fund. A writing-intensive course, RMI 621 Risk Project, allows students to work on an actuarial related topic of their interest.

Below is the curriculum along with the related Associate of the Society of Actuaries exam or education credit.  

Fall Semester: 

ACT 601 Financial Mathematics I (Exam FM) 
ACT 603 Actuarial Modeling I (Exam STAM) 
ACT 610 Mathematical Statistics (VEE – Mathematical Statistics)

Spring Semester: 

ACT 604 Actuarial Modeling II (Exam STAM)
ACT 611 Modern Actuarial Statistics (Exam SRM) 
RMI 660 Finance for Actuaries (VEE – Accounting and Finance) 

Summer Session: 

RMI 621 Risk Project 

Fall Semester:

ACT 602 Financial Mathematics II (Exam IFM) 
ACT 615 Long Term Actuarial Mathematics 
ACT 600 Actuarial Economics (VEE - Economics)

Career Outcomes

The Ellen Thrower Center for Apprenticeship and Career Services at The School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science in Manhattan is dedicated solely to supporting the career objectives of students enrolled in the risk, insurance and actuarial science degree programs.  With personalized career advising and referrals, a strong alumni network, speaker panels, networking events and two specialized career fairs each year, our students successfully connect with internship and job opportunities. 

Our graduates are working in the fields of enterprise risk management, corporate risk management, commercial underwriting, claims and brokerage, consulting and actuarial.

The following employers work with the Thrower Center and recently hired MS Actuarial Science graduate students as interns or in professional positions:

  • AIG
  • AXIS Insurance
  • Buck Consulting
  • Deloitte
  • Prosperity Life Insurance
  • MIB Solutions
  • New York Life Insurance
  • Starr Companies
  • TriNet
  • Verisk

Academic Scholarships

Applicants who have passed the Society of Actuaries Exam P are eligible for consideration for the $10,000 Promise Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes the significant academic and professional potential of students who have passed the exam prior to beginning their studies in the M.S. in Actuarial Science. Highly qualified students can receive in total up to $35,000 in scholarship awards from the Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science.


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.  In lieu of the courses, applicants are encouraged to pass the professional exam Probability (Society of Actuaries Exam P/Casualty Actuarial Society Exam 1) prior to acceptance or classes beginning.

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.

*MS applicants may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher.  To be considered for the waiver, please submit the online application, all transcripts, and resume. International Students should also submit the foreign credit evaluation and TOEFL/IELTS scores.  Once complete, please email [email protected] to request waiver consideration.

For additional information about the application process, please contact:

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Office of Graduate Admission
Suite 114
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
(718) 990-1345
[email protected]

For more information about the curriculum, you may contact the program director, Ping Wang, Ph.D.

STEM Visa Extension for International Students

The Master of Science in Actuarial Science is a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field of study. Students with an F-1 visa who complete this field of study may be eligible to receive a STEM-based optional practical training (OPT) extension. Contact the International Student and Scholar Services Offices at 718-990-6083 or [email protected] for additional information. 

Faculty Program Director

For additional information on the Master of Science in Actuarial Science, please contact the faculty program director:

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Ping Wang

Professor, School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science

101 Astor Place, 223
[email protected]