Suggested Course Sequences

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. The following document offers a probability self-assessment for incoming MS/AcSci students, and helps students self-identify their probability background as “very strong”, “strong”, or “insufficient”. 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).

Probability Self Assessment

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 Fall Year 1 Spring Year 2 Fall
AS 5101 AS 5104 AS 5107
AS 5102 RMI 5101 RMI 5104
AS 5108 Elective Elective
Elective

Spring Enrollment
Year 1 Spring Year 1 Fall Year 2 Spring
AS 5101 AS 5107 AS 5104
AS 5102 RMI 5104 RMI 5101
AS 5108 Elective Elective
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 Fall Year 1 Spring Year 2 Fall
AS 5101 AS 5102 AS 5107
AS 5108 AS 5104 RMI 5104
Elective RMI 5101 Elective
Elective

Spring Enrollment
Year 1 Spring Year 1 Fall Year 2 Spring
AS 5101 AS 5102 AS 5104
AS 5108 AS 5107 RMI 5101
Elective RMI 5104 Elective
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 Fall Year 1 Spring Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring
AS 5101 AS 5102 AS 5107 AS 5104
Independent Study* AS 5108 RMI 5104 Elective
Elective RMI 5101 Elective

Spring Enrollment
Year 1 Spring Year 1 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Fall
AS 5101 AS 5102 AS 5104 AS 5107
Independent Study* AS 5108 RMI 5101 Elective
Elective RMI 5104 Elective

* 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

Enrollment – Fall versus Spring

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.


Which path is right for me?

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.


Part-time students

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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