Master's in Applied Mathematics Degree

Margo MacKenzie, math alumna, with a co-worker GREAT PREP FOR ACTUARY Margo MacKenzie '12, BS, and '14, MS in Applied Mathematics (left), is an actuarial analyst at Ernst & Young. "I could not be happier about my decision to attend IUP. The professors were outstanding, the class sizes were perfect, and I was able to walk away with a great education," she said.

Learn more about the Applied Mathematics MS program, including course information and how to apply.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Applied Mathematics graduate program provides students with the skills and ability to intern and work at high-profile companies such as NASA, MetLife, and many government agencies. The practical application of mathematics is a cornerstone of industry, business, research, and government services. IUP offers graduate assistantships and scholarships to qualifying students in the master's program.

The skills gained in this master’s degree can be used in many fields. In fact, Forbes Magazine has ranked applied mathematics as one of its “Best Master’s Degrees for Jobs,” thanks to high compensation and demand in a variety of industries. Here are a few examples of real problems applied mathematicians work on:

  • Computational modeling of climate, agriculture, and natural phenomena
  • Creating statistical designs for clinical trials
  • Estimation of impacts on society
  • Modeling financial information
  • Modeling spread of infectious diseases
  • Optimization of utility and objectives under constraints

Specializations in Data Science or Community College Instruction

Depending on your career goals, you might be interested in Data Science or Community College Instruction specialization.

The Data Science Specialization

Students develop skills in designing, analyzing, and utilizing complex databases. You'll use these databases to provide real-world, real-time solutions that incorporate predictive analytics and forecasting to improve decision-making.

The Community College Instruction Specialization

If you’d like to teach at a community college, this specialization can provide the preparation you need. This certification combines applied mathematics courses with valuable teaching techniques so you can succeed as a faculty member in a two-year higher education institution.

Classes and Requirements

The MS in Applied Mathematics program requires you to have completed the following:

  • A calculus sequence.
  • Introductory courses in linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, and probability and statistics.
  • Skills in computer programming are also recommended.

Thanks to our small classes, students receive individual attention from doctoral-level IUP faculty members. To make it easier to combine graduate school with your full-time job, classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening. You'll attend classes in a flexible multi-media format.

You’ll also have opportunities for practical experience in research and industry. As part of the graduation requirements, you must complete either an internship or a thesis.

Applied Mathematics Curriculum

Core courses include Deterministic Models in Operations Research, Mathematical Statistics, and Analysis for Applied Mathematics. Students also choose from a broad range of electives such as Complex Variables, Applied Regression Analysis, Applied Statistical Methods, Nonlinear Programming Models, Advanced Simulation, and more. To help students succeed in these classes, IUP's Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department provides high-performance computing resources not found elsewhere on campus.

To earn the master of science degree, students must complete a minimum of 27 credits of coursework and complete either a thesis project or an internship.

Careers in Applied Mathematics

Our faculty members often help students find the most appropriate internship to fit their skill set and career interests. While earning an MS degree in applied mathematics, students apply what they've learned at internships in industries such as agriculture, software, pharmaceuticals, information services, healthcare, and more. Many graduates have accepted full-time employment with their internship companies after graduation.

Graduates have gone on to work as data scientists, analysts, supervisors, and technical leads. With a strong network of IUP alumni, applied mathematics students have opportunities to connect with major businesses in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Graduates of this program have also been accepted into PhD programs at some of the most prestigious universities in the United States, including Penn State University, Temple University, Clemson University, Florida Institute of Technology, and others.

Explore our Applied Mathematics Master's Program

The Applied Mathematics graduate program at IUP boasts a history of successful alumni who have used their degree to intern and work at major organizations. Interested in learning more about the program? Request information today.