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Actuarial & Financial Mathematics Concentration

Actuarial Science - A Top Ranked Career, Year After Year!

For many years, actuarial science has been ranked one of the nation's top careers.  Actuaries enjoy high pay, low stress, good job security, and solve important, high impact problems.

Can SDSU prepare me for a career in actuarial science?

Absolutely!  To understand our approach, it's useful to know that actuaries advance in their profession by passing actuarial exams, and that companies will typically give you paid time to study for and pass exams after you're hired into an entry level position.  Thus, at SDSU, our goal is to prepare you for that entry level position.  Then, rather than you paying us to prepare you for more exams, your employer pays you!  We offer specific coursework that will prepare you to pass the first two written exams and all three VEE exams.  This is more than enough to get an entry level actuarial position, after which you can continue to study for and pass additional exams while you earn.

Financial Mathematics - It's Not Just For Actuaries Any More!

For many years, actuarial science (primarily the use of mathematics and statistics in the insurance industry) has been ranked one of the nation's top careers. Now the rest of the financial industry and many other industries and businesses have caught on to the value mathematics and statistics can have for them. The result is the field of Financial Mathematics.

Can SDSU prepare me for a career in financial mathematics?

Absolutely. We have a strong financial mathematics program whose graduates are sought after by regional employers. Our financial mathematics faculty are excellent teachers, and have active research programs that feature extensive undergraduate and graduate student involvement.

What do financial mathematicians do?

  • Business strategy development
  • Financial product development
  • Financial scenario simulation
  • Forecasting
  • Risk management
  • Portfolio structuring and management
  • Derivative securities valuation
  • Fraud detection

Who hires financial mathematicians?

  • Consumer Banks
  • Commercial Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Hedge funds
  • Investment firms
  • Government agencies
  • Credit and Prepaid Card Companies
  • Corporate finance divisions