Lois Keller Horwitz

Prof Lois HorowitzAssociate Professor of the Practice and Chair of Actuarial Science

MA, University of Rochester
BA, Brandeis University

Professor Horwitz’s extensive experience in actuarial science includes over twenty-five years in product development, product management, and financial reporting for John Hancock Financial Services and New England Financial Services/MET Life. She has served as a mentor to graduate students from several universities; she is also a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

View Horwitz’ article, “Quants at the Gate: The Unique Education of Actuaries,” in the New England Journal of Higher Education, coauthored with Jay Halfond, associate professor of Administrative Sciences.

  • MET AT 721 – Mathematics of Compound Interest
  • MET AT 751 – Individual Insurance Applications of Actuarial Principles


“Quants at the Gate: The Unique Education of Actuaries.” New England Journal of Higher Education (August 27, 2012). With Jay A. Halfond.


“Quality of Care in the Treatment of Burn Injuries: Validation of Clinical Guidelines and Their Impact on Patient Outcomes.” Shriners Hospitals for Children, $38,696.

What advice do you have for new students?

I welcome you as future actuaries into this challenging profession, where you will have many opportunities to apply your mathematical and statistical expertise to problems of measuring and reducing risk for both businesses and individuals.

As a graduate student earning a Master of Science degree in Actuarial Science, you will be able to build a rigorous foundation in the technical skills that actuaries need to have, while also studying industry practices for life insurance, health insurance, and property/casualty insurance from actuaries working in those specialties in the Boston area.

Our program attracts students from all over the globe and I encourage you to visit us when you are in the Boston area. If you have any questions at all, please write to us at actuary@bu.edu.