Through mathematics and statistics, an actuary assesses liabilities and risks a company faces when it offers an insurance product or pension plan. Graduates find careers with insurance companies, actuarial consulting firms or government agencies. You can read more about program highlights here.


The actuarial science program distinguishes itself through leadership, innovation, community, connections, networks, and recognition.

Explore Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an excellent way to gain international experience that enhances your business education. With careful planning, it is possible to study abroad for a semester and complete the actuarial science curriculum. Many students also consider a summer program or a short program embedded in a course. Actuarial science courses are not typically offered abroad, but common course options include core and breadth courses. Students are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad section to learn more about study abroad opportunities and to meet with their academic advisor to discuss course planning.

Course Requirements

Students must be admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business to complete a major in Actuarial Science.

The curriculum requirements for the Actuarial Science major can be found on Guide.


Actuaries are problem solvers with expertise in understanding and managing financial risk.  They use historical information and models to help predict the future.  Actuarial scientists may specialize in life and health (risk of illness, disability or death), pensions (develop and analyze retirement programs) or property and casualty (personal property risks and risks associated with businesses).


Meet the academic and career advisors for Actuarial Science

Lauren Wypiszynski
Academic Advisor
Jamie Mickelson
Jamie Mickelson
Career Coach
Please visit the Contact Advisors and Staff page for information on advising and appointments.