Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

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Why Choose Applied Mathematics?

The Master of Science degree program in applied mathematics gives you a thorough introduction to application-oriented mathematics. The objectives of the program are:

  • Develop your ability to analyze and solve a variety of real-world problems
  • Increase your understanding of specific problems encountered in other fields

You may tailor your program 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. You may choose to complete a modeling project as part of your program.

The applied mathematics degree requires 30 semester credits of course work. The program is designed primarily to prepare you for a career 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.


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Don’t limit yourself to one career field! Wright State University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in mathematics and statistics will help you acquire the tools that will provide almost limitless employment options when you graduate.

Our mathematics and statistics graduates learn how to conduct research, solve problems, develop systems—skills that translate well into any career, including medicine and law. Your skills in quantitative analysis of complex problems and interpretation of data will open many doors.

Wright State graduates are already working in actuarial science, teaching, mathematical economics, statistics, finance, health science, mathematical modeling, computer simulation, research and systems analysis. Others have been accepted to graduate and professional schools. And the Dayton area includes plenty of businesses looking to hire Wright State graduates, including the Air Force Research Laboratory, Ball Aerospace, Infoscitex, Canary Consulting, Applied Optimization, Nationwide Insurance, and more.

Learn more about mathematics and statistics career paths and employers.

Real-World Experience

Hands-on experience is part of developing the analytical and quantitative skills you came to college to acquire. Our many business partners in the Dayton area mean you have access to top experts and facilities where you can apply your knowledge to real-world problems—and perhaps find your future career—during internships, co-ops, job shadowing, research, and other learning experiences.

Academics and Curriculum

View the 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 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 M.S. 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.