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MS – Applied Mathematics

MS: Concentration in Applied Mathematics

The Master of Science (MS) in Mathematics degree with concentration in Applied Mathematics is designed for students who have a strong background in undergraduate mathematics and have completed a bachelor's degree in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or physical or biological sciences. This program lays the foundation for doctoral work or prepares students to pursue a career in industry.

The student must fulfill the Graduate College requirements specified in the Graduate College Catalog as well as departmental requirements detailed in the MSCS Graduate Handbook, which includes:

Minimum Semester Hours Required 32.

Course Work At least 24 hours must be in mathematics courses, of which 12 hours must be at the 500-level. The student must complete a course of study in one of the following concentrations or, in exceptional cases approved by the Graduate Studies Committee, a general program of study without a concentration can be followed.

Core courses (16 credit hours)*

  • MATH 417 (Complex Analysis with Applications)
  • MCS 471 (Numerical Analysis)
  • MATH 481 (Applied Partial Differential Equations)
  • At least one course selected from: Math 414 (Analysis II), Math 480 (Applied Differential Equations), Math 539 (Functional Analysis I), Math 576 (Classical Methods of Partial Differential Equations), Math 585 (Ordinary Differential Equations), or MCS 571 (Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations)

Departmental 500-level courses completed with an A or B (12 credit hours) selected in consultation with an advisor

  • Courses may include independent study.
  • Courses CANNOT include MATH 589 (Teaching and Presentation of Mathematics).

Remaining courses to be selected in consultation with an advisor.

  • Other courses may be substituted with the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Courses may be selected from other departments with advisor's approval.

Master’s Exam or Master’s Thesis

  • Students must pass the master’s exam in Applied Mathematics, or
  • Achieve a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the core courses, earn 5 credit hours in master's thesis research (Math 598), write an acceptable thesis, and pass an oral defense.

Satisfy the Graduate College requirement among the 32 credit hours completed toward the degree:

  • Complete 9 hours of 500-level courses, NOT including independent study.

*Students who have completed the core courses at another institution must meet with their faculty mentor to identify suitable courses to substitute for those previously taken. Once the course substitutions have been identified, the students must submit a request to the Director of Graduate Studies, signed by the faculty mentor, listing the recommended course substitutions.