Actuarial ScienceBachelor of Science

"Majoring in actuarial science will reward your love of mathematics,” says Prof. Daniel Cicala. “Actuaries are lifelong learners with a stable career and are well-compensated."

Turn Your Love of Math into a Successful Career

The beauty of pure mathematics inspires a passion in some people that lasts their whole lives. How do you make a career out of it, though? You harness pure mathematics and put it to work. You turn it into applied mathematics. Actuarial science is one of the most powerful applications of mathematics, and it can become a career that enables you to do the thing you love most while being a highly in-demand professional with tremendous earning power.

What is an actuary? Simply, an actuary measures and manages risk for businesses, enabling them to make sound and strategic decisions. Besides having a profound understanding of mathematics, actuaries have serious skills in statistics and business management.

This program leads to success

The University of New Haven's B.S. in Actuarial Science delivers the mathematical background needed to pursue a successful career as an actuary, financial analyst, or market research analyst upon graduation.

Through the program, you will learn to:

  • solve problems involving essential mathematical computations
  • employ various computational software
  • use mathematical, probabilistic, and statistical tools to evaluate future risk and contingent events
  • demonstrate a command of advanced mathematical topics
  • acquire the business skills that businesses and government agencies seek
A lifetime of earning potential

Two actuarial organizations — the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) — require members to pass a series of nine exams over a span of ten years. Fortunately, you can start working in an entry-level actuarial role after having passed one to three exams. Our program has courses and exam prep seminars to ready you for the first three exams.

Our location = a high probability of phenomenal internships and job offers

Hartford, Connecticut — legendary hub of major insurance companies and actuarial consulting firms — is only 40 minutes away. Aetna, Travelers, The Hartford, and United Healthcare, and other insurers, all call Hartford home. Students will have exciting opportunities to intern at these famous firms and attract the notice of managers looking for full-time employees.

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Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Probability and Statistics

    Axiomatic study of probability: sample spaces, combinatorical analysis, independence and dependence, Bayes’ Theorem, discrete and continuous random variables, functions of a random variable, sums of random variables, joint distribution functions, moment generating functions, central limit theorem. 3 credits.

  • Financial Mathematics

    This is a first course in the fundamentals of financial mathematics, with applications in calculating present and accumulated values for various streams of cash flows. These will form a basis for future use in reserving, pricing, valuation, duration calculation, asset/liability management, investment income, capital budgeting, and valuing contingent cash flows. 3 credits.

  • Software Tools for Data Analysis

    Topics include techniques for working with numerical data using analytical and computational tools, e.g., signal processing and post-processing data, numerical and functional approximation for data analysis, and statistical methods.

  • Business Finance

    An introduction to the principles of financial management and the impact of financial markets and institutions on that managerial function. An analytic emphasis will be placed on the tools and techniques of the investment, financing, and dividend decision. In addition, the institutional aspects of financial markets, including a description of financial instruments, will be developed. The course will be structured such that two hours per week will be devoted to lecture and one hour will consist of a hands-on application.

  • Corporate Financial Management

    A comprehensive analysis of the structure of optimal decisions relative to the functional areas of corporate financial decision making. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the applications and limitations of decision models for the investment, financing, and dividend decisions of the corporation. Topics include firm valuation, capital budgeting, risk analysis, cost of capital, capital structure, and working capital management.

  • Full List of Courses and Learning Outcomes for Mathematics

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in actuarial science, check out the Academic Catalog.

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