## Program Requirements:

The Master of Science degree may be earned by satisfying the requirements of the mathematics or the applied mathematics option. The mathematics option is a flexible program emphasizing advanced mathematical concepts in the core areas of mathematics. Students may either complete a traditional curriculum in mathematics or develop, with a graduate advisor, a plan of study that is tailored to their individual needs. Either option can provide a solid foundation for doctoral study in mathematics or for a career in teaching, industry, or government.

All master’s degree candidates are required to pass comprehensive written examinations. The department makes provision for part-time degree candidates by offering courses in the late afternoon or evening.

### Applied Mathematics Concentration

The Master of Science degree program in Applied Mathematics option is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, mathematics or statistics, who wish to acquire a solid foundation in applied mathematics. The applied mathematics option is structured but still allows students considerable latitude in designing a course of study. The option focuses on the computational tools of modern applied mathematics and the mathematical theory underlying these tools. It can provide a solid foundation for doctoral study in mathematics or for a career in teaching, industry, or government.

In addition to the undergraduate degree, applicants for admission to the Applied Mathematics program should have completed courses in multivariable calculus, ordinary differential equations and linear algebra. Students should also have some experience with computer programming or the use of computational software packages. Courses in partial differential equations and physics are desirable. Applicants with insufficient preparation may be admitted on the condition that they complete certain prerequisite work to be specified by the department at the time of admission.

The M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics requires 30 semester credits of course work chosen so as to satisfy the following program requirements.