2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Applied Science and Mathematics, PhD

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Program Description:

The IASM Ph.D. program is a cutting-edge educational program with the mission of preparing students for careers requiring both mathematical/computational and scientific backgrounds. Students in this program will tackle today’s exciting research problems that span across multiple scientific disciplines and participate in work involving collaborations with neighboring organizations such as the Air Force Research Laboratory and internships with local research and development companies. The PhD program has three focus areas: Materials and nanoscale science and technology, Modeling and analysis for physical and biological systems, and Computational problems in the physical and biological sciences.  Additional information can be located on our website - www.wright.edu/iasm, which has an “Apply Now” button.   IASM PhD admissions requirements can be found at: science-math.wright.edu/academics/programs/iasm-phd-admission-requirements.  A current list of IASM Program Faculty is linked to the website or can be found at: science-math.wright.edu/academics/programs/iasm-program-faculty.   

Admission Requirements:

  • B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited institution in mathematics, science or engineering, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average in mathematics and science coursework, demonstrating a strong mathematics background, with academic training commensurate with IASM focus areas,


  • M.S. degree from a mathematics or science program, with a minimum 3.25 grade point average in mathematics and science coursework, demonstrating a strong mathematics background, with academic training commensurate with IASM focus areas.  Previous graduate course credit may be applied toward the degree requirements of the IASM PhD program per the WSU Graduate School Policies and with IASM Program approval.  With IASM Program approval, prior academic and/or research accomplishments may also be applied to selected program milestones.

Additionally, students seeking admission will be required to submit:

  • Academic Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • GRE scores
  • A Statement of Professional Goals.  This should include your academic and career preparation and accomplishments, how your experiences have prepared you for a PhD program, your professional/career objectives, and how the IASM program fits your background and goals.  
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: References should address your past academic and/or research performance and provide an indication of your chances of success in our Ph.D. program.

Providing a CV is recommended but not required.

For additional information:

Program Requirements:

Departmental Core Requirements: 14 Hours

Focus Area Courses:

8 courses chosen from focus area courses with at least 2 of these courses chosen from an area different from the student’s own focus area.


4 approved courses, numbered 6000 or above, offered by science, math, or engineering academic departments. An internship is a recommended substitute for up to 2 of these courses.

Dissertation Research: 30 Hours

Total: 90 Hours

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