Actuarial Science, Risk Management, and Insurance
About the Program
The Wisconsin PhD Program in actuarial science, risk management, and insurance is offered by the Risk and Insurance Department at the Wisconsin School of Business.
We are a nationally recognized Center of Actuarial Excellence. We have received grants to support a variety of industry-related research projects and the introduction of our Technology-Enhanced Learning initiative.
Core Areas of Research
Student research is supported by faculty in four core areas:
Decision-making under risk and uncertainty
All students must meet the general PhD requirements of both the UW–Madison Graduate School and the Wisconsin School of Business. Applicants to the program should have the following:
- A strong mathematics and statistics background. We generally look for three semesters of calculus and linear algebra at a minimum for mathematics. For statistics training, we look for coursework covering applied regression models in statistics and/or econometrics.
- A background in some combination of economics/finance, insurance, actuarial science, and statistics.
The course sequence for PhD students in actuarial science, risk management, and insurance is customized to fit each student’s unique research interests and background.
You will work with a PhD faculty advisor to set an appropriate course sequence during your first two years of study. However, all students are expected to take the following minimum core course sequence:
Two semesters of PhD-level Microeconomic Theory
Two semesters of PhD-level Econometrics
Seminar in Actuarial Science, Risk Management, and Insurance I
Seminar in Actuarial Science, Risk Management, and Insurance II
Faculty Research Interests
- Risk evaluation
- Quantitative finance
- Risk management
- Insurance economics
J. Tyler Leverty
- Economics of insurance markets
- Insurance company operations
- Insurance regulation
- Public policy issues in insurance
- Insurance markets
- Development economics
- Law and economics
- Psychology and economics
- Applications of statistics and actuarial science
- Bayesian methodology related to health insurance
- Development of insurance in emerging markets
- Insurance regulation, especially focused on capitalization and solvency
- Reputation risk
- Economics of litigation strategies including cross-country comparisons of liability regimes
- Predictive modeling
- Multivariate regression models
- Longitudinal/panel data
- Asymmetric information in insurance
Connect With Current Students
We encourage you to contact our doctoral students in actuarial science, risk management, and insurance to hear their perspectives on the Wisconsin PhD Program.
See Our Placement Results
Graduates of our PhD specialization in actuarial science, risk management, and insurance have accepted tenure-track positions at top research universities.