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Applied and Computational Mathematics MS

Program overview

The ideas of applied mathematics pervade several applications in a variety of businesses and industries as well as government. Sophisticated mathematical tools are increasingly used to develop new models, modify existing ones, and analyze system performance. This includes applications of mathematics to problems in management science, biology, portfolio planning, facilities planning, control of dynamic systems, and design of composite materials. The goal is to find computable solutions to real-world problems arising from these types of situations.

The master of science degree in applied and computational mathematics provides students with the capability to apply mathematical models and methods to study various problems that arise in industry and business, with an emphasis on developing computable solutions that can be implemented. The program offers options in discrete mathematics, dynamical systems, and scientific computing. Students will complete a thesis, which includes the presentation of original ideas and solutions to a specific mathematical problem. The proposal for the thesis work and the results must be presented and defended before the advisory committee.

Curriculum

Applied and computational mathematics (discrete mathematics option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-611 Numerical Analysis 3
MATH-651 Combinatorics and Graph Theory I 3
MATH-671 Number Theory 3
MATH-601 Methods of Applied Mathematics 3
MATH-605 Stochastic Processes 3
MATH-652 Combinatorics and Graph Theory II 3
Second Year
MATH-771 Mathematics of Cryptography 3
  Electives 6
MATH-790 Thesis 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Applied and computational mathematics (dynamical systems option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-611 Numerical Analysis 3
MATH-651 Combinatorics and Graph Theory I 3
MATH-631 Dynamical Systems 3
MATH-601 Methods of Applied Mathematics 3
MATH-605 Stochastic Processes 3
MATH-731 Advanced Dynamical Systems 3
Second Year
MATH-741 Partial Differential Equations I 3
  Electives 6
MATH-790 Thesis 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Applied and computational mathematics (scientific computing option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MATH-611 Numerical Analysis 3
MATH-651 Combinatorics and Graph Theory I 3
  Elective 3
MATH-601 Methods of Applied Mathematics 3
MATH-605 Stochastic Processes 3
MATH-612 Numerical Linear Algebra 3
Second Year
MATH-711 Advanced Methods in Scientific Computing 3
MATH-712 Numerical Methods for PDEs 3
  Elective 3
MATH-790 Thesis 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in applied and computational mathematics, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in mathematics or any related field (applicant's should have completed course work in multivariable calculus, differential equations, matrix theory, and probability and statistics. Knowledge of a programming language is required.),
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives,
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (Internet-based) is required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 6.5. For additional information about the IELTS, please visit www.ielts.org. Those who cannot take the TOEFL will be required to take the Michigan Test of English Proficiency at RIT and obtain a score of 80 or higher.

Although Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required, submitting them may enhance a candidate's acceptance into the program.

A student may also be granted conditional admission and be required to complete bridge courses selected from among RIT’s existing undergraduate courses, as prescribed by the student’s adviser. Until these requirements are met, the candidate is considered a nonmatriculated student. The graduate program director evaluates the student’s qualifications to determine eligibility for conditional and provisional admission.

Additional information

Student’s advisory committee

Upon admission to the program, the student chooses an adviser and forms an advisory committee. This committee will oversee the academic aspects of the student’s program, including the selection of a concentration and appropriate courses to fulfill the program’s requirements.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education enables students to alternate periods of study on campus with periods of full-time, paid professional employment. Students may pursue a co-op position after their first semester. Co-op is optional for this program.

Part-time study

The program is ideal for practicing professionals who are interested in applying mathematical methods in their work and enhancing their career options. Most courses are scheduled in the late afternoon or early evening. The program may normally be completed in two years of part-time study.

Nonmatriculated students

A student with a bachelor’s degree from an approved undergraduate institution, and with the background necessary for specific courses, may take graduate courses as a nonmatriculated student with the permission of the graduate program director and the course instructor. Courses taken for credit may be applied toward the master’s degree if the student is formally admitted to the program at a later date. However, the number of credit hours that may be transferred in to the program from courses taken at RIT is limited for nonmatriculated students.


Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Reliability analyst, manufacturing engineering consultant, data analyst, consultant

Functions

Probability modeling, optimization, data analysis, performance evaluation, risk analysis

Recent Employers

American Express Corporation


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