Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

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Why Choose the Applied Mathematics Program?

The Master of Science degree program in Applied Mathematics provides students with a thorough introduction to application-oriented mathematics. The objectives of the program are two-fold: to develop the student's ability to analyze and solve a variety of real-world problems and to increase the student's understanding of specific problems encountered in other fields. Students may tailor their programs to emphasize discrete or continuous mathematics, or probability and statistics. Coursework in an area of application, such as computer science, engineering or physics is also encouraged. Students may choose to complete a modeling project as part of their program.

The Applied Mathematics degree requires 30 semester credits of course work. The program is designed primarily to prepare graduates for careers in business, industry, or government, but can be tailored to provide a solid foundation for doctoral studies in mathematics. The department makes provision for part-time degree candidates by offering all required courses in the late afternoon or evening.

Academics and Curriculum

View Master of Science in Applied Mathematics program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.


Admission Requirements

The Applied Mathematics option is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, mathematics or statistics, who wish to acquire a solid foundation in applied mathematics. Applicants for admission should have completed courses in multivariable calculus, ordinary differential equations and linear algebra. In addition, students should have some experience with computer programming or the use of computational software packages, and courses in partial differential equations and physics are desirable. Applicants with insufficient preparation may be admitted on the condition that they complete certain prerequisite work to be specified by the department at the time of admission.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through the University's Graduate School. Please identify the concentration of your interest by name and number on the "Application for Admission to a Graduate Status":

  • Master of Science in Applied Mathematics – 452

International Students: Please visit the University Center for International Education website for application instructions and requirements for international students.

Graduate Assistantships

All applicants to the MS in Applied Mathematics program are eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship. For information on deadlines and how to apply, see the Graduate Teaching Assistantships page.


Yuqing Chen
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