Candidates for the Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics degree must pass two comprehensive examinations (Part I and Part II). Comprehensive examinations are offered twice per year, in the beginning of the autumn and spring quarters. The following applies to all but the Applied and Computational Mathematics concentration.
The Part I comprehensive examination is a four-hour closed-book exam that is offered on the first Saturday of the autumn and spring quarters, and covers material from the MAT 451-452-453 course sequence. An official formula sheet will be provided. No tablets or cell phones may be used at any time during the exam.
The Part II comprehensive examination is a three-hour closed-book exam that is offered on the second Saturday of the autumn and spring quarters, and is based on the student's area of concentration.
- Part II - Actuarial Science: Covers material from MAT 461 and 462.
- Part II - Mathematical Finance: Covers material from MAT 455 and 468.
- Part II - Statistics: Covers material from MAT 456 and 459.
For the Applied and Computational Mathematics concentration: Part I covers material from the MAT 484-485-486 course sequence, and part II covers material from MAT 451 and 482.
Students should register with the graduate program director before the beginning of the quarter they plan to take the comprehensive examinations.