The requirements and information described below are for information purposes only. I believe they are correct at time of writing, but may not be kept up-to-date in future. The undergraduate calendar is the definitive source for degree requirements. In the case of any discrepancy between the information here and in the calendar, the calendar should be taken as correct.
The curriculum changed in September 2018. Students who started their degree before that change have the option to complete their degree following the old requirements. However, some of the previously required courses are no longer offered, so even if you started before 2018, it might be impossible to complete the old requirements. The curriculum change was made to reflect changes in the Society of Actuaries exams. Therefore, even if you can complete the old requirements, it is highly recommended that you follow the new requirements instead.
In order to become a qualified actuary, you need to pass examinations by either the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society. A number of courses at Dalhousie cover the material in these examinations. There is also a component of the actuarial examinations called VEE which can be satisfied by passing courses at Dalhousie. Details of the courses that are relevant to the Society of Actuaries exams (from July 2018 - if you have already passed exams, look on the Society of Actuaries website to see how the credits transition) are as follows:
|VEE Mathematical Statistics|
|VEE Accounting and Finance|
No specific courses at present. We are aiming to develop a course to help with this once it becomes clear what is required.
The Society of Actuaries has a scheme whereby they will refund the exam fees for up to three Dalhousie students sitting SoA exams each year. The application is made by the university on behalf of students. Details of how to apply and which students will be reimbursed are here.
To qualify as an actuary, you will need to obtain VEE credits in both Economics and Corporate Finance. The following diagram shows how you can do this at Dalhousie
Here are descriptions of the Actuarial courses that are currently offered.
ACSC/STAT 3720: Life Contingencies I was first offered in Winter 2015.
ACSC/STAT 4720: Life Contingencies II was first offered in Fall 2015.
ACSC/STAT 3703: Actuarial Models I was first offered in Winter 2015.
ACSC/STAT 4703: Actuarial Models II was first offered in Fall 2015.