Columbia’s M.S. in Actuarial Science is a rigorous program of study focused on the core knowledge required of all actuaries and tested in SOA Exams P, FM, M, and C, and CAS Exams 1–4. Based in the New York metropolitan area, where roughly a quarter of all actuarial positions nationwide are located, Columbia is uniquely situated to create a dynamic community of faculty, professional practitioners, and students in the field. Coursework covers a variety of disciplines: probability and statistics, business and economics, and actuarial models and methods. Individualized programs of study may be developed to accommodate those students who have completed some of the required coursework prior to entering the program as well as those students who wish to do additional coursework in risk management, data analysis, and mathematical finance. Options for full- and part-time study can be customized based on each student’s academic background, aptitudes, and work demands.