Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

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Thesis option

The Master of Science in Applied Mathematics degree program provides a broad background in the fundamentals of the advanced mathematics that is applied to solve problems in other fields. The goal is to prepare students for careers in industry and for the doctoral program, and students may pursue an optional thesis.


Core Courses (9)
A minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 is required in the core courses.
MATH 500Applied Analysis I3
MATH 577Computational Mathematics I3
Select a minimum of one course from the following:3
Discrete Applied Mathematics I3
Mathematical Statistics3
Additional Requirements (0)
MATH 593Seminar in Applied Mathematics 10
Elective Courses (15-23)
Select 15-23 credit hours 215-23
Thesis Research (0-8)
MATH 591Research and Thesis M.S. 30-8

Minimum degree credits required: 32


Students must take the colloquium/seminar course MATH 593 at least twice with a satisfactory grade.


The remaining courses in each student’s program are selected in consultation with, and approval of, the director of graduate studies. The program may include at most three courses at the 400-level and at most two courses outside the department.


Research students pursuing the thesis option must complete 5 to 8 credit hours of MATH 591.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination requirement is fulfilled by a master's thesis (5-8 credit hours of MATH 591)  under the supervision of a faculty member, or by passing written tests in two of the five core areas of study at the master of science level.