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MCFAM - Minnesota Center for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics


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Chelsea Zhao

Austin Mutual Insurance Company - Minneapolis, MN
Actuarial Class of 2014
Hebei, China

The most exciting part about actuarial science for me is using analytical skills to solve real-world problems. The most motivating thing about studying actuarial science at the U of M is that there are many great resources students can take advantage of. The curriculum for actuarial specialization at the U of M is great because you will be amazed by the level of involvement with local experienced actuaries and the actuarial mentoring program definitely gives me an opportunity to talk with successful actuaries as well as help me understand better about what kinds of work actuaries do.

MCFAM is the University of Minnesota’s Center for all Financial and Actuarial programs and initiatives within the College of Science and Engineering's School of Mathematics. We provide students, prospective employers and the overall financial mathematics, actuarial and academic communities the benefit of an interdisciplinary and structured framework that combines faculty and industry expertise in shaping academic, professional and competitive excellence and integrity.

MCFAM Advantage

  • World Renowned Mathematics Faculty
  • Balanced Coursework, Mix of Faculty and Industry Instructors
  • Strong Network of Distinguished Lecturers
  • Collaborative Academic and Industry Relationship
  • Great Employment Opportunities
  • Excellent Career Development Support and Placement
More details on the MCFAM Advantage page.

Our Mission

  • Provide professional mathematics programs, academic and career advancement support that meets regional, national and international best practices.
  • Establish a working environment that enables professional interactions between MCFAM students, academics and members of the financial and actuarial mathematics industry.
  • Promote cross training for well-rounded financial and actuarial mathematics graduates.
  • Encourage industrial research and development to solve ongoing problems in the field and create new products using University developed tools.