Programs, regulations, schedule, preparatory courses

Study plan and regulations

Study plans
MScAS official study plan 2022-2023  (156 Ko)
MScAS official study plan 2021-2022  (148 Ko)
MScAS official study plan 2020-2021  (114 Ko)
MScAS part-time program  (122 Ko)

Course schedule

Courses start every year in September (see UNIL academic calendar).

Masters timetable and courses

Information relating to timetables and study programmes may be found on the display boards of the 2nd floor (lifts) of the Internef building as well as on our web page. A network of television screens provides regular updates about timetable changes and other useful information.

Program structure

The MScAS program includes a total of four semesters. The first three comprise a collection of compulsory and elective courses. During the third semester, students can ask to participate in an exchange program in another university. The fourth is entirely dedicated to the Master thesis.

First semester

All students must attend a set of five compulsory courses.

Second semester

Students gain knowledge of actuarial mathematics for life assurance, risk theory, modeling distributions of claims/losses, social security, simulation and advanced probability theory.

Third semester

Students gain knowledge of actuarial mathematics for life insurance, advanced actuarial modeling, credibility theory, insurance accounting, asset management and risk management, analysis of results and international social protection.

Fourth semester

The last semester is dedicated to the Master's thesis. The student may opt for a research thesis or an internship thesis.

Credit allocation and workload

The 120 ECTS credits of this Master's program are allocated in 4 semesters as follows:

  • 90 credits awarded for the first three semesters of coursework
  • 30 credits for the Master's thesis (contingent upon the earning of the initial 90 credits)

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Career prospects

This Master's degree offers a complete training for future actuaries. Learn more

Accreditation, certification and partnerships

Professional accreditation

The Master of Actuarial Science program meets the educational requirements of the Swiss Association of Actuaries syllabus (SAA). Moreover, a few courses prepare the students for the first exams of actuaries (SOA).

Due to the inclusion of certain optional courses, the Master program will be in compliance with the future syllabus of the International Actuarial Association, which is currently working on promoting a new specialty track in the field of social security at the international level.


The Master of Actuarial Science has been awarded with the Global Centers of Insurance Excellence (GCIE) designation by the International Insurance Society (IIS) in July, 2018.

The GCIE certification program recognizes universities and colleges with outstanding Risk Management and Insurance programs. It is retained for five years and places HEC Lausanne’s Master of Actuarial Science in the selective list of 29 universities and colleges worldwide.

Collaboration with the International Labor Organization

Established experts from ILO will deliver courses on social security financing, based on recent ILO series of textbooks on social security financing, actuarial practice, health financing and social budgeting.

Recommended courses prior to MScAS

2nd year Bachelor
Statistique et économétrie I (6 credits)
Risk Management (3 credits)
Principes de finance (6 credits)

3rd year Bachelor
Assurances sociales et prévoyance professionelle suisses (6 credits)
Statistique et Econométrie II (6 credits)
Financial Markets (6 credits)
Mathématiques de la finance (3 credits)

Preparatory courses

Candidates who are required to successfully complete a preparatory program (French command necessary):

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