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Old 09-30-2014, 12:57 AM
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Don't major in AS. Study anything else.

Would pick music over actuarial science so long as you take a calculus series.
what abut stat or financial engineering
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act sci over mathematical finance?
If you are certain about being an actuary, major in Act sci. Other majors may make other careers more accessible than an act sci major.

I personally like the math route. You can readily try for physics, finance, actuary, lots of things with a math degree. The drawback is that you will have to study more for actuary exams outside of your classes. And you will learn math that isn't on the actuary exams.
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Just a heads up that most of these posters are most likely American. In Canada, the majority of actuarial jobs go to actuarial grads, since there are so many of them. Most ELs are from an act-sci program from either Waterloo, Western, UofT, Manitoba, or a couple of schools in Quebec. Mostly act-sci.

If you're sure you want to do act-sci, you might want to consider majoring in act-sci
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The best part is that .... you will learn math that isn't on the actuary exams.
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like it says, uw has a good math finance undergrad program and a fine
actuarial science program. As I looked around a few threads regarding the major, most people do not encourage to major in actuarial science.
I am interested in both finance and math and currently studying actuarial exam. Is there any loss that I would face with regards to act sci field if I choose to major in mathematical finance due solely to my possible career change in the future into finance and strong interest in finance?
Will I be able to manage actuarial exams with a changed major (math finance?)
Why don't you post these questions in the Careers forum? Also, there are a lot of threads there covering the same issues you are raising. To move a thread, go to your original post, and click on thread tools. Then choose move thread and find the forum you want to move the thread into.
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Just a heads up that most of these posters are most likely American. In Canada, the majority of actuarial jobs go to actuarial grads, since there are so many of them. Most ELs are from an act-sci program from either Waterloo, Western, UofT, Manitoba, or a couple of schools in Quebec. Mostly act-sci.

If you're sure you want to do act-sci, you might want to consider majoring in act-sci
That's pretty much it and in Canada, we don't have actsci programs hosted at really weird schools.
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like it says, uw has a good math finance undergrad program and a fine
actuarial science program. As I looked around a few threads regarding the major, most people do not encourage to major in actuarial science.
I am interested in both finance and math and currently studying actuarial exam. Is there any loss that I would face with regards to act sci field if I choose to major in mathematical finance due solely to my possible career change in the future into finance and strong interest in finance?
Will I be able to manage actuarial exams with a changed major (math finance?)
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what abut stat or financial engineering
So long as you can pass the actuarial exams, no one will care what your major was.

Your school and major are really only important when you look for your first job. And that's because you've never held an actuarial job before. Once you have had an actuarial job, the work you've done and the exams you've passed are what people will care about. Your school will mostly be a footnote at that point, and your major even more so.

Plus, is there really that much of a difference between mathematical finance and actuarial science? Aren't you really splitting hairs at this point?

Relax. Major in what you want. Or flip a coin. Either way, pass some exams before you graduate, and you'll be in good shape.

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Psychology professors sell their programs too.

Act sci is a fine degree. No doubt there are doctors, lawyers, and even biologists that majored in it.

If you are pretty sure you want to be an actuary, major in it, fly through exams, and get internships. You will probably get a job right out of school.

But nobody in the actuary field seems to toss other majors to the side - so long as they have exams and internships.
This.

Stop overthinking it, OP. It's really not that impactful a decision.
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UW =[listed by order of significance]

University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
University of Wyoming
University of Westminster
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I honestly didn't even know that Waterloo was "University of" If you'd asked me, I would have guessed "Waterloo University". Granted, I'm a dumb American...
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like it says, uw has a good math finance undergrad program and a fine
actuarial science program. As I looked around a few threads regarding the major, most people do not encourage to major in actuarial science.
I am interested in both finance and math and currently studying actuarial exam. Is there any loss that I would face with regards to act sci field if I choose to major in mathematical finance due solely to my possible career change in the future into finance and strong interest in finance?
Will I be able to manage actuarial exams with a changed major (math finance?)
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