Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Actuarial Science is a one-year program. The certificate program aims to promote and impart advanced knowledge and skills in mathematics and statistics in order to prepare students to work productively as actuaries in business or government. Students graduating from the program will be ready to pursue productive careers in areas that require the applications of advance quantitative knowledge and skills.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Students will work alongside the department’s nine statisticians with expertise in actuarial and risk analysis, Bayesian techniques and applications, data mining and applications, distributions and applications, measurement errors, spatial data analysis and statistical modeling.

The department offers graduate teaching assistantships to master’s students. Teaching assistantships are determined by the Graduate Committee based on students’ academic credential and previous teaching performance.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Actuarial Science certificate program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
  • Student's must meet the requirements for regular admission to the College of Graduate Studies at CMU;
  • Have completed a minimum of 13 semester hours of mathematics and/or statistics course that include the following: MTH 233 (Calculus III) or the equivalent and one course in statistics or probability;
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in mathematics and statistics course work is required;
  • General GRE is recommended. If the student is applying for a graduate assistantship, GRE scores are required;
  • For international students: TOEFL scores are required. Further detail and minimum scores can be found under Application Guidelines for International Students (See Step Two: English Proficiency Requirements) .

The deadline for applications for the following Fall semester is February 15. Apply online at For details of the admission requirements and how to apply, please visit the Statistics, Actuarial and Data Sciences Department website, under Information for Prospective Graduate Students.

Graduation Requirements

The Graduate Certificate program in Actuarial Science requires a total of 15-16 credit hours of course work, which includes at least two Actuarial Exam preparation courses. 

Career Outlook

For More Information

Eszter Haseli, Department Secretary
Pearce Hall 105, Department of Statistics, Actuarial and Data Sciences
Central Michigan University
(989) 774-7464

Felix Femoye, Graduate Coordinator/Associate Chair
Pearce Hall 132, Department of Statistics, Actuarial and Data Sciences
Central Michigan University
(989) 774-5497

John Daniels
Director, Actuarial Science Program
Pearce Hall 122, Department of Statistics, Actuarial and Data Sciences
Central Michigan University
(989) 774-2894