Actuarial Science
Location: Chase Building
6316 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-2572
Fax: (902) 494-5130

Actuarial Science is the quantitative study of risk, particularly financial risk, and the methods for managing it. It is traditionally associated with insurance and pension plans, but can be applied to a wide range of other areas where there is need for assessment of risk. An Actuarial Science degree provides students with the background for a career in Actuarial Science. Course offerings provide the knowledge and techniques needed by students to prepare to write most of the Society of Actuaries preliminary examinations. Students will learn the relevant mathematical and statistical techniques, with specific applications to Actuarial Science, and acquire a basic understanding of Economics and Business.

The Dalhousie Actuarial Science program is offered through the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Degree Programs

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the following degree programs in Actuarial Science

  • BSc (120 credit hour) Honours (Concentrated)*
  • BSc or BA (120 credit hour) Combined Honours*
  • BSc (120 credit hour) Major*
  • BSc or BA (120 credit hour) Double Major*
  • Minor in Actuarial Science
  • A post-baccalaureate diploma

* May be combined with Minor programs from other disciplines

Departmental Requirements for these programs are described below. In addition to departmental requirements, students must satisfy the requirements outlined in the Academic Regulations and the College of Arts and Science Degree Requirements sections of this calendar.

A student is governed by the academic regulations in place at the time of initial enrolment, as long as the degree is completed within the time permitted (10 years). Subsequent changes in regulations shall apply only if the student so elects. Students applying the old academic regulations should consult the calendar of the appropriate year. 

Students should plan their programs of study carefully and are strongly encouraged to do so in consultation with the Actuarial Science undergraduate academic advisor.