As part of the MS in Applied Mathematics program requirements, students must complete a three-credit thesis or six-credit internship course.


Many students obtained internship positions in well-known companies and government agencies around the nation. Some of them continue working for those companies after graduating from the program. Here are samples of internship placements within the last five years:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • The Prudential
  • Punxsutawney Area Hospital
  • UPMC Health System
  • Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.
  • Idlewild and SoakZone
  • Bucyrus America
  • PA Power and Light Co.
  • MetLife

Graduate students choosing an internship must meet the MS in Applied Mathematics Internship Requirements.


Students may choose a topic of interest in applied mathematics, operations research, or statistics-related areas. Some students found their topics from course projects or discussions with faculty members. Recent thesis topics include:

  • "Minor Dreams: The survival of players through baseball's farm system"
  • "Defining the problem of solving Reversi"
  • "A rank sum test on the outcomes of a seeded tournament"
  • "Modeling the effect of an HOV lane on a heavily traveled highway"
  • "A study of multiple-objective linear programming problems and the techniques that generate the best' solutions"
  • "A budget, salt usage, and anti-skid usage analysis for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation engineering district 10-0"
  • "Optimal cutoff value and corresponding receiver operating characteristic curve"