Suggested Course Sequence

Students can begin the MS/AcSci program in either Fall (August) or Spring (January), and can complete the program on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Typically, full-time students can complete the program in as little as three semesters. However, in some circumstances we recommend full-time students to choose a four-semester path to graduation. We provide some general guidelines below, but all students are encouraged to discuss their individual course sequence with their academic advisor prior to starting the program.

The MS/AcSci coursework is highly demanding and several courses require a very strong probability background. While the degree requirements are identical for all students, we offer different tracks to accommodate students’ various backgrounds, especially regarding their knowledge of probability.

Please note that an “insufficient” background is not disqualifying from the actuarial profession or Temple’s MS/AcSci program, but rather suggests that the student embed a probability class into their curriculum prior to taking the Actuarial Modeling courses (see Path C below).

Path A

This path is recommended if you have a “very strong” probability background, as evidenced e.g. by our probability self-assessment test or by passing Exam P. In this case, you are ready for the most challenging courses in the MS/AcSci program.

Fall Enrollment

Year 1 FallYear 1 SpringYear 2 Fall
AS 5101AS 5104AS 5107
AS 5102RMI 5101RMI 5104
AS 5108ElectiveElective
Elective

Spring Enrollment

Year 1 SpringYear 1 FallYear 2 Spring
AS 5101AS 5107AS 5104
AS 5102RMI 5104RMI 5101
AS 5108ElectiveElective
Elective

Path B

We recommend this path if you have a “strong” probability background (as evidenced e.g. by our probability self-assessment test). Relative to Path A, the course load in your first semester is relatively light, so that you can study for Actuarial Exam P on the side. In addition, the probability-heavy AS 5102 (Actuarial Modeling I) is postponed to your second semester.

Fall Enrollment

Year 1 FallYear 1 SpringYear 2 Fall
AS 5101AS 5102AS 5107
AS 5108AS 5104RMI 5104
ElectiveRMI 5101Elective
Elective

Spring Enrollment

Year 1 SpringYear 1 FallYear 2 Spring
AS 5101AS 5102AS 5104
AS 5108AS 5107RMI 5101
ElectiveRMI 5104Elective
Elective

Path C

This path is recommended for students with an “insufficient” probability background. You will take an additional probability course in your first semester to help you prepare for Exam P.

Fall Enrollment

Year 1 FallYear 1 SpringYear 2 FallYear 2 Spring
AS 5101AS 5102AS 5107AS 5104
Independent Study*AS 5108RMI 5104Elective
ElectiveRMI 5101Elective

Spring Enrollment

Year 1 SpringYear 1 FallYear 2 SpringYear 2 Fall
AS 5101AS 5102AS 5104AS 5107
Independent Study*AS 5108RMI 5101Elective
ElectiveRMI 5104Elective
* Independent Study: Students formally participate in an undergraduate probability class (AS 2101), in order to help them prepare for Exam P. This course does not count towards the 30 required credit hours for the MS/AcSci degree.


Additional Information

For students seeking full-time employment in the United States upon graduation, we recommend that you begin the program in the Fall semester (August) if you plan to graduate in three semesters (Paths A or B) and in the Spring semester (January) if you want to pursue the 4-semester path to graduation (Path C). This accounts for the fact that actuarial recruiting (career reception, interviews, etc.) happens largely in the fall, for both summer internships and full-time positions.

The MS/AcSci program brings together individuals with similar goals but very different backgrounds. Therefore, the above guidelines are merely suggestive and you may find that your circumstances require different considerations. This should be determined jointly with your academic advisor at your initial advising meeting, which occurs—upon your request—sometime between your admittance in and the start of the program.

In addition, note that your precise course sequence is customizable and may depend on your desired electives. This can also be part of your initial advising meeting.

If you intend to complete the MS/AcSci program in more than four semesters, your academic advisor will work with you to set up a course sequence that fits your background, objectives, and constraints. We usually do so at the initial advising meeting, which occurs—upon your request—sometime between your admittance in and the start of the program.

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