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Becoming an Actuary or Risk Analyst

Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Our actuarial science courses and degree programs (both the BA, the BS and the MS) are designed with the requirements for certification by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) in mind.

The actuarial science courses in the curriculum cover most of the topics in the syllabi of SOA Exams P, FM, MLC, MFE, and C, and CAS Exams 1, 2, 3F, 3L, and 4; the textbooks used are often those specified in the corresponding exam syllabi. While these courses provide an excellent means to prepare for the Societies' exams, they cannot cover all of the topics on the exams. With some self-study, undergraduate students should be prepared to take at least the first two exams before graduation, and graduate students by the end of their first year.

In addition to their exams, the Actuarial Societies are requiring demonstration of competence in the areas of economics, finance, and applied statistics, known as Validation by Educational Experience (VEE). Each VEE requirement may be satisfied by passing, with grades of A or B, courses which the Societies have approved. Roosevelt University has received approval for courses in all three areas, and both undergraduate and graduate students can complete all three VEE requirements before graduation. The necessary courses are a required part of the undergraduate major and minor and may be taken as part of a graduate degree program.

By graduation, all actuarial students will be well prepared to progress up the ladder of success in this field.

The SOA has two different pathways to membership, Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA) or Associate of the SOA (ASA), which is the first step to become a Fellow of the SOA (FSA). For more details on these different pathways go to the SOA website. The CAS has only one pathway to membership, Associate of the CAS (ACAS), which is the first step to become a Fellow of the CAS (FCAS). For more information go to the CAS website.

The tables below show how our courses correspond to the Actuarial Societies' Exams and VEE requirements.

ACAS, ASA and CERA Exams
ExamTitleRoosevelt Courses for Preparation
SOA Exam P
CAS Exam 1
Probability AcSc 347, 348   or
Math 447, 448
Probability & Statistics I, II
AcSc 380  or
Math 480
Actuarial Science Seminar: Probability
CAS Exam 2
AcSc 367 Financial Mathematics
Math 380 or
Math 480
Actuarial Science Seminar: Financial Mathematics
SOA Exam MLC* Actuarial Models/
Life Contingencies
AcSc 369, 370   or
Math 469, 470
Actuarial Mathematics I, II
CAS Exam 3F
Actuarial Models/
Financial Economics
Math 475 Derivatives Markets
CAS Exam 3L*** Actuarial Models/
Life Contingencies
and Statistics
AcSc 369, 370   or 
 Math 469, 470
Actuarial Mathematics I, II
Math 446 Stochastic Processes
AcSc 349   or
Math 449
Regression and Time Series
SOA Exam C
CAS Exam 4
Construction and Evaluation
of Actuarial Models
AcSc 376   or
Math 476
Loss Models
Math 475 Derivatives Markets

VEE Requirements
VEE AreaApproved Roosevelt Courses
Macroeconomics Econ 101 or 
Econ 321 or 
Econ 421
Principles of Economics I, or Macroeconomic Theory
Microeconomics Econ 102 or 
Econ 323 or 
Econ 423
Principles of Economics II, or
Microeconomic Theory
Corporate Finance** Fin 311, 321, or
Fin 408, 485
Business Finance and Investments
Applied Statistics** AcSc 349 or 
Math 349 or 
Math 449
Regression and Time Series

* Not needed for ACAS or CERA, but waives CAS Exam 3L

** Not needed for CERA

*** Not needed for ASA or CERA

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