Membership & Education

A Career as an Actuary

Canadian Universities Offering Actuarial Studies

Calgary

The University of Calgary offers a minor, major, and honours degree program in actuarial science. The required courses cover most of the material for the associateship examinations of the Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society. A co-operative education degree program in actuarial science is also available, allowing students to supplement their classroom experience with 16 to 20 months of work terms in the actuarial industry. Students can combine an actuarial program with a second degree program in commerce, economics, or statistics. Instruction in commerce is provided by the Faculty of Management, which also houses Canada’s first English university-level specialization and chair in insurance and risk management. Courses offered by the Insurance and Risk Management Faculty cover many of the senior associateship and fellowship examination topics.

Dr. R.S. Ambagaspitiya, Dr. David P.M. Scollnik, Dr. Alex Badescu, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Tel: (403) 220-5202
Fax: (403) 282-5150
Website: http://www.math.ucalgary.ca/undergrad

 

Concordia

The Mathematics and Statistics Department offers a BA and a BSc specialization or honours program in Actuarial Mathematics, both in a regular or co-op format. The programs prepare students for the joint examinations of the Society of Actuaries and Casualty Actuarial Society, courses 1 to 4. Gradute studies in actuarial mathematics at the Msc and PhD level are also offered.

Dr. Jose Garrido, Director, Actuarial Mathematics Program, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Concordia University

Tel: (514) 848-3250
Fax: (514) 848-2831
Website: http://www.mathstat.concordia.ca/

 

Laval

Un baccalauréat spécialisé en actuariat qui offre une formation dans cinq secteurs d’activités : les risques de personnes, les risques de dommages, les risques financiers, les risques collectifs et les régimes de retraite. Un programme alliant les aspects qualitatifs et quantitatifs de la pratique. La possibilité d’un stage de formation pratique en milieu de travail crédité et rémunéré à la fin de la 2e année. Une excellente préparation pour plusieurs des examens des associations professionnelles américaines que sont la Society of Actuaries et la Casualty Actuarial Society. Un diplôme dont la réputation dépasse nos frontières, aves des finissants œuvrant sur les cinq continents. Et de la formation continue pour les professionnels de l’entreprise.

M. Louis Adam, Directeur du programme de baccalauréat en actuariat

Tél: (418) 656-5309
Téléc: (418) 656-7790
Courriel: ladam@act.ulaval.ca
Site web: http://www.act.ulaval.ca

 

Manitoba

Students can obtain Honours Science of Commerce degrees in actuarial studies through any of three undergraduate degree programs. All programs expose students to mathematics, statistics, economics, finance, accounting and numerous actuarial courses. Graduates are equipped to attempt the first 5 examinations of the Society of Actuaries, and all three Validation of Education Experience (VEE) courses.

Dr. Jeffrey Pai, Director, Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research

Tel: (204) 474-7426
Fax: (204) 474-7545
Website: http://www.umanitoba.ca/management

 

Montréal

L’orientation actuariat du programme de BSc spécialisé en mathématiques vise à donner une formation générale en mathématiques à l’étudiant et à le préparer aux examens de la Society of Actuaries et de la Casualty Actuarial Society. Des cours en démographie, sciences économiques, administration, droit des assurances et informatique compléteront sa formation. Une version de type coopératif avec quatre stages en milieu de travail est offerte.

Sabin Lessard, Directeur, Département de mathématiques et de statistique

Tél: (514) 343-6710
Téléc: (514) 343-5700

 

Queen's

Students in any of the honours bachelor of science programs in mathematics and statistics may take courses within these programs, which will prepare them for most of the materials in the exams of the Society of Actuaries up to and including course 150. Some of these courses are specifically designed for actuarial studies, although there is no separate actuarial studies program.

Dr. Malcolm Griffin, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Tel: (613) 545-2438 or 545-2390
Fax: (613) 545-2964

 

Regina

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is the largest department in the faculty of science at the University of Regina, and offers degrees in mathematics and statistics both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department has offered a program in actuarial science since September 2000. Interested students begin this program in their first year (see program details following). There are also courses offered online. The department strives to make it possible for students to transfer in or out of the actuarial science program in the first or second year. Successful students graduate with a bachelor of science degree in actuarial science. The actuarial science program provides a strong statistical and mathematical background in preparation for (most of) the required associateship courses of the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society. The program allows for optional courses from other related disciplines, such as, administration, economics, computer science, mathematics and statistics.

Dr. S. Ejaz Ahmed, Professor & Head
Department Mathematics and Statistics
University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2

Tel: (306) 585-4148
Fax: (306) 585-4020
Website: http://www.math.uregina.ca/

 

Simon Fraser University

The Statistics and Actuarial Science Department at Simon Fraser University offers major and honours degrees in actuarial science. These programs include actuarial, mathematics, statistics, business and economics courses and prepare students to attempt the first four courses of the Society of Actuaries and part of the fifth and sixth courses. There is also a certificate program in actuarial mathematics that is designed to assist graduates from non-actuarial fields.

Dr. Gary Parker, Actuarial Program Coordinator

Tel: (604) 291-4818
Fax: (604) 291-4368
e-mail: gparker@stat.sfu.ca
Website: www.stat.sfu.ca

 

Toronto

Students who enrol in the four-year Specialist Program in Actuarial Science are prepared to write Exam P (CAS Exam 1). By the end of their second year, students will have taken courses to earn credit for Exam FM (CAS Exam 2). At the end of their fourth year, students will have taken courses to earn credit for Exams MLC (CAS Exam 3L), MFE (CAS Exam 3F), and C (CAS Exam 4). In addition, there are courses in the program related to material in some specialty fellowship exams.

Mr. Samuel Broverman

Tel: (416) 978-4453
Fax: (416) 978-5133
e-mail: sam@utstat.toronto.edu
Website: http://www.utstat.toronto.edu

 

UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Le baccalauréat en actuariat de l'Université du Québec à Montréal offre une formation reconnue comme Centre Actuariel d’Excellence (CAE) par la Society of Actuaries (SOA). L’UQAM est aussi membre du Programme d’Agrément Universitaire de l’Institut Canadien des Actuaires. Cette formation prépare notamment aux examens préliminaires de la SOA, et est axée autant sur les aspects professionnels de l’actuariat que ses fondements théoriques.

M. Frédéric Michaud, D.Sc., AICA, CFA
Directeur du programme de premier cycle en actuariat

Tél: (514) 987-3000, poste 2867
Téléc: (514) 987-8935
Courriel: michaud.frederic@uqam.ca
Site web: http://www.math.uqam.ca/actuariat/

 

Waterloo

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo is home to one of the largest and most highly renowned actuarial science groups in North America. The program for the bachelor of mathematics with honours in actuarial science covers a wide range of courses, including full coverage of the material of the SOA/CAS courses 1-4, partial coverage of SOA courses 5, 6 and 8 and of CAS course 5. Many students graduate with four SOA passes, some with more. With eight actuaries on the faculty the range of courses offered is broad and extends beyond the SOA and CAS syllabi.

Candidates wishing to major in actuarial science should apply to the honours mathematics program in their first year. In second year students are invited to declare their major.

Many students combine Actuarial Science in a double honours program with Statistics. Minors in Computer Science are also common.

The University also offers MMath and PhD programs in actuarial science.

Dr. Mary Hardy, Undergraduate Advisor

Tel: (519) 888-4492
Fax: (519) 746-1875
Website: http://www.stats.uwaterloo.ca

 

Western Ontario

Western Ontario offers courses in actuarial sciences, statistics, mathematics and economics that cover the first four exams of the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society, as well as some topics on later exams. We also offer an industry internship program and an exchange program with City University, London, UK. Degrees offered are as follows: Honours BSc. in Actuarial Science (AS) along with AS programs combined with mathematics, statistics, computer science and economics. MSc in statistics with emphasis in AS.

Mr. Steve Kopp, FCIA, FSA

Tel: (519) 661-2111, ext. 86288
Fax: (519) 661-3813
E-mail: kopp@stats.uwo.ca
Website: http://www.stats.uwo.ca

 

York

Actuarial studies at York University are conducted in the framework of the Mathematics for Commerce Program at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Three distinct routes to obtaining a Bachelor diploma currently exist with the Specialized Honours Degree being most comprehensive and preparing the students to write the P and FM exams at the end of their second year, the MLC and MFE exams at the end of their third year and the C exam at the end of their fourth (final) year. All the VEE requirements are also taught with the corresponding courses been approved by the SOA.

Dr. Edward Furman

Tel: (416) 736-5250 Ext 33768
Fax: (416) 736-5757
Email:actuary@mathstat.yorku.ca
Website: http://actsci.math.yorku.ca