The MS in Actuarial Science is awarded by by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The degree is only available without a thesis.
Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).
Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.
Decisions for Graduate Financial Support are typically made by April 15 for the upcoming academic year, so applications from students requesting financial support should reach us by Feb. 15.
- Fall semester—June 15 (April 15 for international students)
- Spring semester—Dec. 1 (Oct. 1 for international students)
- Summer session—Not offered
All applicants are considered for financial support, for graduate assistantships, such as research assistants, teaching assistants and graders. However, it is important to note, that the applications must be fully complete by the Feb. 1 to be considered for this financial support for the fall semester. Support is highly unlikely to be available for students who begin in the spring session.
The graduate application process has two steps
- You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
- Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email instructing you on how to upload your supporting documents and submit letters of recommendation. A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile in MyUI, our online service center for applicants and students. You can only access this AFTER you have submitted your application.
The application requirement section of your Profile includes an electronic letter of recommendation feature. If your program of study requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders including their email on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email giving them instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.
Students interested in our PhD Statistics with an emphasis on Actuarial Sciences, must apply for the MS in Statistics and NOT MS in Actuarial Science. Be sure to indicate this emphasis is in your statement of purpose and/or your personal statement.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
Materials to send to Admissions
- A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be required before your enrollment. For international records, all records should bear the original stamp or seal of the institution and the signature of a school official. Documents not in English must be accompanied by a complete, literal, English translation, certified by the issuing institution.
- Your official GRE General Test scores from the Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681)
- International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
- Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement (PDF).
Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.
Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science
The University of Iowa
241 Schaeffer Hall
20 East Washington Street
Iowa City, IA 52242
Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
108 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396