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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Candidates for the degree must complete at least 48 quarter hours of graduate level work in applied mathematics and pass two sets of comprehensive examinations. Comprehensive examinations are offered twice a year, in the autumn and spring quarters. At the beginning of the quarter when students plan to take the comprehensive  examinations, they notify the program director to register for the exams. 

Concentration Requirement​

Applied Mathematics students must choose one concentration: Actuarial Science, Statistics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, or Mathematical Finance.

C omputer Usage

The department places strong emphasis on computation and is well supported with equipment and software necessary for research. The computer is used for data analysis and to find solutions to problems that arise in numerical analysis, simulations, and mathematical modeling. The computer packages used in these courses are likely to play an important role in the solution of the problems students will encounter in their places of employment.


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Comprehensive Examinations

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 autumn and spring quarters, during last two weekends in October and April. The following applies to all but the Applied and Computational Mathematics concentration.

The Part I comprehensive examination covers material from the MAT 451-452-453 course sequence, and is split into two parts, Part I-A and Part I-B. The Part I-A exam is a three-hour closed-book exam, covering analytical and theoretical concepts of probability. No tablets or cell phones may be used while taking the Part I-A exam. The Part I-B exam is a three-hour open-book exam, covering topics of statistical inference. Notes, books, tables, and calculators, but not cellphones, may be used while taking the Part I-B exam. The Part I-A and Part I-B exams are administered on the same day.

The Part II comprehensive examination is based on the student's area of concentration. It is a three-hour closed-book exam.

  • Part II - Actuarial Science: Covers material from MAT 461, 462, and 463.
  • Part II - Mathematical Finance: Covers material from MAT 455, 461, and 468.
  • Part II - Statistics: Covers material from MAT 448, 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 437, 470, and 482.

Students should register with the graduate program director at the beginning of the quarter they plan to take the comprehensive examinations.​​​​