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Actuarial Sciences Minor

Offered by: Department of Mathematics and Department of Business Administration

The Actuarial Science minor is a new program designed to satisfy the needs of students interested in actuarial careers, especially in business. The Actuarial Science program at KU will give you the fundamental knowledge and skills vital to meeting the demands of an actuarial career. The Actuarial Science minor will prepare you for two of the required national actuarial exams.   

What are the requirements for the minor?

Minor Program: 18 cr*
1. Required Courses: 12 cr Prerequisites
ECO 11: Principles of Macroeconomics          
ECO 12: Principles of Microeconomics           
MAT 301: Probability and Statistics I                       MAT 224 & MAT 283 #
MAT 305: Mathematics of Finance I              MAT 283
2. Elective Courses: 6 cr  
ECO 205: Intermediate  Microeconomics     ECO 12
ECO 210: Intermediate Macroeconomics     ECO 11
MAT 302: Probability and Statistics II                      MAT 301
MAT 306: Mathematics of Finance II             MAT 305
MAT 372: Independent Study and/or Project in Mathematics**  
MAT 403: Data Analysis                                    MAT 302

Notes on the Actuarial Science Minor:

  1. *No student may count more than three courses from their major program check sheet.         
  2. A student must take at least one course at the 200 level or above from a department outside of their major.
  3. **To count MAT 372 in this minor: the topics should be related to Probability & Statistics, Mathematics of Finance, and/or Economics.
  4. # The prerequisite for MAT 224 is MAT 181 with a C or better.   The prerequisite for MAT 283 is MAT 182 with a C or better.  

What is an actuary?  

Actuaries are business professionals who deal with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty, analyze, manage and measure the financial implications of future risk, develop and validate models and communicate results to guide decision-making.

Why be an actuary?

  • Top-Ranked---one of the top jobs in the United States     
  • High earnings potential---great starting salaries that can double within the first five years       
  • Job security---less sensitive to economic cycles  
  • Impressive impact--- high-level business decision-making in every industry
  • Life in balance--- low-stress, highly sought-after work/life balance

What do actuaries do?

Actuarial Science graduates go on to work for:

  • Insurance Industry
  • Employee Benefit Industry
  • Financial Services Industry
  • Government

What KU students have passed actuarial exams?

  • Exam P/1: ​ Bradley Mayer '15, Michael Pol '15
  • Exam FM/2: Bradley Mayer '15, Ian Haberle

Where can I find more information?

E-mail Dr. Ju Zhou (Department of Mathematics) or visit the following websites: