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Statistical Science


What is Actuarial science?

A discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk and uncertainty.

What are common undergraduate majors?

Students usually major or double-major in Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, or Statistical Science.

Can I need a degree in Actuarial science?

Np.  To be considered an actuary, the Society of Actuaries, the professional organization, requires taking and passing five exams.

What classes should I take?

The Math Department at Duke has course recommendations for this career path. 

How do I prepare for the actuarial science exams?

The Duke University Libraries has purchased recommended texts that you can use to study.  

Library resources

Collection resources to support the first three actuarial exams are listed below.

Books recommended for Exam P: Probability

Books recommended for Exam FM: Financial Mathematics

Books recommended for Exam IFM: Investment and Financial Markets

From the Society of Actuaries

Please click the link to the exam info pages to review the most current syllabus containing lists of recommended resources and links to practice exams.  

Exam P–Probability

Exam F–Financial Mathematics

Exam IFM–Investment and Financial Markets