M.Sc. IN Actuarial Science


The Actuarial Science M.Sc. program requires a total of 36 units consisting of a 6-unit project and a further 30 units of course work, of which at least 24 must be at the graduate level. Students who have completed the Actuarial Science major or honours undergraduate program at SFU or have received approval of the Graduate Chair based on an equivalent program are required to complete 24 graduate course units plus 6 project units for a total of 30 units in total.

Formal course and other requirements are described in the SFU Calendar. In addition to the listed courses, students may be permitted to take graduate level statistics courses or courses in other departments


All students must submit and successfully defend a 6-unit project (STAT 898) based on the application or development of actuarial methodology. See the Graduate General Regulations Section 1.10 for further information.


Students with a good undergraduate background in actuarial science will normally complete the course work in four terms or fewer. The project, including the defense, is expected to require up to two terms, including terms in which students are completing course requirements. Students with backgrounds in other disciplines or with an inadequate background in actuarial science may be required to complete certain undergraduate courses in the department in addition to the formal calendar requirements.


All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the graduate general regulations as well as the specific requirements of the program in which they are enrolled.