Master of Science (MSc) in Actuarial Science

Student testimonial


General content

This Master’s degree offers a complete basic education for future actuaries. An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty, typically in insurance firms, multinationals and pension funds.

Most of the subjects taught involve applied mathematics, the actuary’s most important working tool. Good knowledge of management, finance, economics and information technology is also necessary to ensure an adequate level of professional expertise.

This program fulfills the requirements of the syllabus of the Swiss Association of Actuaries and prepares students to some exams of the Society of Actuaries.

Practical information

HEC Lausanne
Department of Actuarial Science (DSA)

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc) in Actuarial Science

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
English. Level necessary for your studies: C1.

Admission requirements
A Bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university in Economics, Management, Finance, Information Systems or Mathematics.
Another degree or university qualification in the same field of study may be deemed equivalent and give access to the Master’s program, with or without conditions.

Enrolment and final dates
The degree course begins in the autumn semester only.
Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Department before the deadline.
Final enrolment date: 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.

More information
Timetables and course descriptions

Career prospects

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, many transversal skills such as  : oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to take decisions.

This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is an excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities in financial sectors. The following career prospects may be cited as examples  :

  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • Consultants
  • Pension funds
  • Control authorities
  • Social security systems
  • Multinationals

Information about career prospects for students of the Faculty of Business and Economics:

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 20 February 2024

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