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The Actuarial Studies and Quantitative Finance Certificate Program is an undergraduate certificate program housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Leeds School of Business, designed to provide the foundation for a lifetime of analytical problem solving. The Program appeals to accomplished students who enjoy solving analytic problems as applied in their career of choice. Students with these skills and interests are in high demand in the business world which becomes more analytical and mathematical every year. In addition, successful candidates will be well-prepared for further study at the graduate level. The program offers two tracks:

The two tracks differ only in application. If you are unfamiliar with the two fields, see the links to the left for an overview. Although similar, each curriculum is tailored to the area of application.

Curricula are rigorous and multi-disciplinary, with required coursework drawing from the Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and the Economics Department, as well as the Finance Division of the Leeds School of Business. The confluence of such widely varying material is one of the unique features of the program. Successful completion of the Program requirements is a significant accomplishment.

The Program is not a major and is open to students majoring in any subject. However, the program has extensive course requirements which mesh most closely with students majoring in Business (finance emphasis), Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Economics.



Students who successfully complete the program receive a certificate to complement their chosen degree. The certificate status of the program allows students of all schools at the University of Colorado to participate.

Any student at the university can join the program, regardless of which department they are enrolled in. However, students that are majoring in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Economics, and Finance will find it easiest to complete the certificate due to the overlap of many course requirements.

Once you have completed the required courses to earn a certificate, you must submit the certificate completion form along with a copy of your transcript to your program advisor.


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Wednesday, October 29, 7-8:30 p.m. in MATH 350

There will be an Open House for the Actuarial Studies track on Wednesday, October 29, 7-8:30 p.m. in MATH 350. Refreshments including pizza will be served. Christopher Mast, FSA, MAAA, of Mercer, Jim Sherrill, ASA, MAAA, of Hannover, and Mary van der Heijde, FSA, MAAA, of Milliman will discuss actuarial careers. This will be a good chance to learn about work in the field and local employment prospects.