The Master of Actuarial Studies, UNSW Sydney, prepares you for an interesting and in-demand career path in actuarial science. Students specialise their high-level mathematical skills in risk management for financial services, insurance or superannuation industries.
Within 1.5 years, or less with recognition of prior learning, students gain technical expertise in quantitative analysis and accreditation for professional recognition from global Actuarial organisations.
Master of Actuarial Studies students become mathematical specialists in risk management in the financial services industries, especially insurance and superannuation. Graduates of the Master of Actuarial Studies are well-prepared with advanced technical know-how and in-depth industry understanding.
Why choose this master’s degree?
The Master of Actuarial Studies provides a thorough mathematical and technical background in actuarial work. The program draws on professional actuarial syllabuses and exceptional research by the staff of the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies. The UNSW Business School of Risk and Actuarial Studies is recognised as a Centre of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries.
The program is built around core actuarial skills in probability, statistics and financial reporting; along with financial mathematics and business economics. In addition, choose from electives including superannuation and retirement benefits, stochastic modelling, risk and capital management, actuarial data and analysis. Students can also choose pre-approved non-actuarial business electives in finance and economics.
See the program structure for detailed information.
Graduates earn internationally recognised accreditation from the Australian Actuaries Institute and the Society of Actuaries (USA). This accreditation provides exemptions to the professional standard examinations – putting students on a career fast-track.
Students who wish to complete their studies with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK) may be eligible to receive credit for subjects for which they have credit with the Actuaries Institute via Transfer of Prior Learning (TPL).
UNSW Business School students have exclusive access to
Career Accelerator, a portfolio of professional development opportunities that include:
This Master’s degree is
approved by Centrelink – eligible students can receive financial assistance.
Several of the professors had transitioned to academia post-corporate life. The real-world practicality of their teachings and their professional advice has been indispensable.
UNSW Business School degrees are shaped by industry leaders and world-class academics who recognise the future will present career opportunities that don’t exist today. The skills and insights gained from your Master of Actuarial Studies can have an immediate positive effect on your career.
Who is this degree for?
- People with a strong background in actuarial studies, econometrics, mathematics or statistics
- Those seeking to advance their Actuarial career
If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in actuarial studies, consider the Master of Actuarial Studies (Extension), which offers 4 additional courses in Actuarial topics.
Job and career prospects
- Actuarial analyst
- Business consultant
- Investment banker
- Asset management trainee
- Credit analyst
- Insurance analyst
- Risk assessment officer
- Superannuation advisor
- Wealth management analyst
Find out how we prepare our graduates for career success.
Why the Business School?
We're a leading Business School in the Asia-Pacific, and we rank 1st worldwide for Risk and Actuarial Studies research. Read more about our rankings and reputation.
Our students build professional networks among more than 90,000 Business School alumni worldwide and begin their new career before graduation. This postgraduate degree incorporates a suite of professional development opportunities offered by
Career Accelerator, that are exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students. Career Accelerator helps you build industry connections through
mentoring, and you can undertake
global business practicums for credit towards your degree.