Ph.D. in Mathematics with Thesis in Actuarial Science


  • The University of Connecticut’s actuarial program is a vibrant program for undergraduate, master’s students and  PhD students majoring in Actuarial Science.
  • It is one of the leading actuarial science programs in the country and the only one of its kind in New England.
  • For PhD students, UConn offers a unique blend of rigorous theoretical framework with practical grounding in problems of intense emerging interest in the marketplace.
  • The Janet and Mark L. Goldensoned_cae_color_solid backg Research Center for Actuarial Science provides a unique window into emerging problems in actuarial practice and the opportunity both for joint work with practitioners and for identifying pragmatically focused PhD dissertation topics.
  • Our faculty also blends academic and practical industry experience. More on our program is available on its website.
  • While emphasizing research that will benefit practicing actuaries, the PhD program prepares for an academic career in research and teaching.   It is not intended to prepare students to become practicing actuaries. Those intending a career in actuarial practice should pursue the M.S degree.

Overview of Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a PhD in Mathematics, a student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • Course Credits:
    • 45 credits, including 15 doctoral dissertation research credits/GRAD 6950
    • If you have a Master’s degree in mathematics at UConn, then 30 credits are required, including 15 doctoral dissertation research credits.
  • Pass three preliminary exams and two core courses (details below).
    • Pass at least one prelim exam after each semester for the first three semesters of their graduate study.
    • Finish all prelim exam requirements by the beginning of the spring semester in their second year.
    • Finish all core course requirements by the end of their second year of graduate study,
  • Choose a thesis advisor no later than the end of the fall semester of the third year.
  • Form your advisory committee:  Major Advisor and at least two Associate Advisors or Co-Major Advisors and at least one Associate Advisor.
  • Pass the General/Oral Exam
    • Meant to further the student’s education, scholarship and professional development.
    • Material should be in the broad area in which the student intends to write a dissertation, but should not focus on the actual thesis research.  Students present and answer questions about the material they have studied.
    • The exam is normally taken at the end of the third year or beginning of the fourth year.
  • Submit Dissertation Proposal
  • Submit Plan of Study
  • Apply for Graduation in Student Admin by the fourth week of the final semester.
  • Write, defend and submit dissertation.
  • Submit Approval PageStep 7
  • Complete Survey of Earned Doctorates – Step 7
  • Add Diploma Address in Student Admin and Diploma Info.

Preliminary Examination and Core Course Requirements

Actuarial Science:


    Past Prelim Exams