For students wishing to study Actuarial Science and who have already earned a Bachelor's degree in a different field, FSU Mathematics offers the following options in cooperation with its popular Actuarial Science undergraduate program.
Pursuing a BS in Actuarial Science requires 30 hours of coursework, which can often be completed in one year by students whose original bachelor’s degree was in mathematics, with prior course work in probability, economics, and finance. Some students opt to begin by taking a few courses as a non-degree student, possibly converting to degree status after a term or two. This options does not require graduate admission.
Although we do not currently offer a Master's degree in Actuarial Science per se, we do have two Master's degree options that allow students to take Actuarial Science courses and seminars during a 2-year course of study.
MS in Financial Mathematics.
This is a Professional Science Master's degree with a core of required courses aimed at preparing graduates for careers in the investments/finance industry. Effective 2015, an Actuarial Science track is available with courses aimed at preparing for actuarial exams. See the Financial Math program pages for more information: www.math.fsu.edu/finmath/ and www.math.fsu.edu/finmath/Degree/ms.html.
MS in Pure or Applied Mathematics, utilizing a Directed Program of Study.
This option involves completing either a Pure (http://www.math.fsu.edu/puremath/) or Applied (http://www.math.fsu.edu/applied/) Mathematics MS degree, with some of the required courses replaced by a set of courses focused on actuarial science. This individualized option can be more flexible than the Financial Math MS, allowing for more elective choices to maximize coverage of actuarial exam topics.