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Actuarial Science & Statistics - Opt. 1: Actuarial Science BS

Missouri’s One and Only Program

Through the Actuarial Science and Statistics program at the University of Central Missouri, high-achieving mathematics students like you will be prepared to use mathematics to predict the future in insurance, business and the economy. UCM’s program is recognized as a Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs—Advanced Curriculum (UCAP-AC) by the Society of Actuaries, making it the only one of its kind at a public institution in Missouri. 

Experiential Learning 

Through hands-on learning as you pursue an actuary degree, you’ll expand your knowledge in mathematics, actuarial modeling, finance and economics. Your engaging learning experience at UCM will also provide you with opportunities to get involved in student organizations and service learning projects. You’ll be prepared for careers in actuarial science or statistics, which are consistently ranked among the top, highest paying jobs in America.


Experienced Faculty

The actuarial science and statistics faculty are highly qualified and dedicated. All hold a terminal degree in their field and are active in their professions either through research and/or continuing professional development. They work with students in small groups to help them to succeed in their majors.

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UCM's Actuarial Science Program

The Actuarial Science program at the University of Central Missouri will prepare you to earn the credentials you need to become a highly sought after professional actuary, capable of developing and communicating solutions for complex financial issues. Our 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio allows your professors to get to know you and to provide the personalized attention you deserve. You’ll learn from seasoned professionals, including a SOA-credentialed actuary with education, research, and industry experience. 

SOA Recognized

UCM’s program has met the eligibility requirements to be recognized as a Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs—Advanced Curriculum (UCAP-AC) by the Society of Actuaries - the only program of its kind offered at a public institution in Missouri.

College Values Online also ranks the UCM program #19 among the best value actuarial science degrees.

Your Studies

As an actuarial science major, you’ll take courses in mathematics, probability, statistics, finance, economics and computer programming. While your studies may be challenging, you’ll have the student support services you need to succeed in the classroom and to pass your Society of Actuaries exams. 

Your courses will include:

  • Calculus & Analytic Geometry
  • Managing Financial Derivatives
  • Principles of Insurance
  • Life Contingencies

Your Future

Your degree in actuarial science could lead to careers at: 

  • Banks
  • Colleges and universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Government insurance departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Investment firms 



Andrew Stallmann, an Assistant Actuary with Reinsurance Group of America in Chesterfield, Mo., says he always knew if he needed anything he could stop by one of his actuarial science professors’ offices. "I cannot stress enough how beneficial the accessibility of each of my professors was to my experience at UCM," says Andrew. "I was also able to form bonds with fellow students that I maintain to this day."



Program Recognition

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UCM Actuarial Science program is recognized by the Society of Actuaries and listed as an Undergraduate-Advanced program on the SOA website. UCM is one of approximately 60 universities in the United States to be in this top classification. 


Phoebe McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Professor and Assistant Chair
WCM 227
Tel: (660) 543-8931


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