Programs, regulations, schedule, preparatory courses

Course schedule

Courses start every year in September.

See the UNIL academic calendar and the Masters timetable and courses.

Credit allocation and workload

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

  • 90 credits awarded for the first three semesters
  • 30 credits for the thesis (upon the condition of obtaining the initial 90 credits)

Teaching language


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).


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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