Why choose Actuarial Science at Dalhousie?

Risk – it’s the potential for damage, loss or harm. Because those outcomes could be detrimental in business and government, many sectors need to understand the risks associated with products, profits, decisions and services.

An actuary uses data and complex calculations to understand risk for their employers and inform smart business and investment decisions about issues ranging from pension plans to emergency relief funds.

An Actuarial Science degree from Dal sets you up for a successful career as a professional actuary. Students completing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Actuarial Science are trained to tackle risk wherever it's found.

The program also prepares you for the Society of Actuaries (SOA) examinations, the final step on the path to becoming a professional actuary with internationally recognized credentials.

Program details

Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • BSc Major/Double Major (20 credits)
  • BSc Honours/Combined Honours (20 credits)
  • Minor (3 credits)
  • Diploma in Actuarial Science (30 credit hours)


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • Pre-calculus or calculus
  • Three additional university preparatory courses

See Admissions Requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

Small to medium class sizes on average.

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing