Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

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 various fields. The main goal is to prepare students for careers in industry and for the doctoral program. Students may pursue an optional master thesis. 

Admission Requirements 

The program normally requires a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or applied mathematics. Candidates whose degree is in another field (for example, computer science, physics, or engineering) and whose background in mathematics is strong are also eligible for admission and are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0. A combined verbal and quantitative GRE examination score of at least 304 and an analytic writing score of at least 2.5 are required. TOEFL scores (if required) should be a minimum of 80/213/550 (internet-based/computer-based/paper-based test scores). A professional statement of goals/objectives (two pages) and a curriculum vitae must be submitted. Two letters of recommendation are required. Students must remove deficiencies in essential undergraduate courses that are prerequisites for the degree program, in addition to fulfilling all other degree requirements. Typically, admitted students score at least 156 on the quantitative portion of the GRE; however, meeting the minimum or typical GPA and test score requirements does not guarantee admission. 

The Director of Graduate Studies serves as temporary academic adviser for newly admitted graduate students in the master of science and the Ph.D. programs until an appropriate faculty member is selected as the adviser. Students are responsible for following all departmental procedures, as well as the general requirements of the Graduate College.

Curriculum

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
Probability3
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

1

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

2

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.

3

Students pursuing the thesis option must complete five to eight credit hours of MATH 591.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination requirement is fulfilled by a master's thesis (five to eight 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.