MS in Applied Mathematics

  • The MS program in Applied Mathematics is designed to produce graduates who are marketable in industry, government, and education. The program is also appropriate for professionals who wish to add to their skills and for secondary mathematics and science teachers who wish to gain a deeper understanding of how mathematics and statistics can be used to solve applied problems. It also provides a solid background for those planning to enter a PhD program.

    Faculty members offer courses in the areas of traditional applied mathematics, operations research, and statistics. The department houses its own computer facilities with which faculty and students engage in activities such as simulation and statistical analysis. Most classes are offered at times convenient for nontraditional students who wish to advance their careers in applied mathematics, secondary education, or statistics. Students have the option of writing a thesis or participating in an internship.

    Admission Criteria

    Applicants should have taken a calculus sequence, linear algebra, differential equations, and an introductory course in probability and statistics and should have computer programming experience.

    Program Requirements

    I. Core Courses* (15 cr.)

    MATH 545 Deterministic Models in Operations Research 3 cr.
    MATH 546 Probabilistic Models in Operations Research 3 cr.
    MATH 563 Mathematical Statistics I 3 cr.
    MATH 564 Mathematical Statistics II 3 cr.
    MATH 625 Analysis for Applied Mathematics 3 cr.

    *Required unless comparable courses have been taken at the undergraduate level. (No more than 3 cr. may be waived from the total of 30 cr. of coursework.)

    II. Controlled Electives† (15 cr.)

    MATH 523 Complex Variables 3 cr.
    MATH 547 Modeling and Simulation 3 cr.
    MATH 551 Numerical Methods for Supercomputers 3 cr.
    MATH 640 Numerical Mathematics 3 cr.
    MATH 641 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations 3 cr.
    MATH 643 Graphs, Networks, and Combinatorics 3 cr.
    MATH 645 Nonlinear Programming Models 3 cr.
    MATH 647 Advanced Simulation 3 cr.
    MATH 665 Applied Regression Analysis and Design of Experiments 3 cr.
    MATH 667 Applied Statistical Methods 3 cr.

    † At least 12 cr. must be at the 600 level.

    III. Additional Electives‡

    Other graduate-level mathematics courses may be selected with the approval of the student’s advisor. Also, with the advisor’s approval, up to six credit hours of graduate work may be taken in disciplines such as chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, management information systems, and physics.

    ‡ The M.S. in Applied Mathematics requires a minimum of 27 cr. of course work in addition to the research requirement listed below.

    IV. Research Requirements (3-6 cr.)

    Option I

    MATH 795 Thesis 3 cr.


    Option II

    MATH 698 Internship 6 cr.

    Total 33-36 cr.