May 19, 2024  
2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, Actuarial and Financial Mathematics Concentration, M.S.

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Don Hong, Program Director
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The Actuarial and Financial Mathematics concentration is for students who need specialized training in actuarial and financial mathematics as well as internship experience.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission normally requires completion of the GRE or MAT with acceptable scores. Successful applicants typically have combined GRE scores of 291 or above or MAT scores of 402 or greater.

Applicant must

  1. have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. have an acceptable grade point average for all college work taken;
  3. have completed 21 semester hours of college-level mathematics (including calculus) with at least 9 hours of mathematics beyond calculus.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official scores on the GRE or MAT;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. two letters of recommendation are also recommended, but not required.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics requires completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours.

Candidate must

  1. participate in the graduate seminar and give an oral presentation of an approved topic;
  2. successfully complete a master’s thesis or engage in internship or a written comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice).

Curriculum: Mathematics, Actuarial and Financial Mathematics

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Required Core Courses (9 hours)

Thesis/Internship Option

Students may opt in a thesis or internship option. Students who write a master’s thesis (MATH 6640 ) or engage in an internship (ACSI 6910 ) may substitute one math core course by one of the following data analysis and programming courses in order to prepare them for thesis research or internship working.

For the thesis option, students should enroll in MATH 6640  for at least 3 credit hours.

For the internship credits to be awarded, the location must be approved by the faculty advisor and the internship work must be related to actuarial science. Students must keep a portfolio during the internship and do a presentation upon completion of the internship.

Comprehensive exam will be waived if students write a master’s thesis or engage in an internship.

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