Rochester Institute of Technology

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Applied and Computational Mathematics MS

Program Overview

The Master of Science degree program in Applied & Computational Mathematics focuses on the interdisciplinary application of mathematical models and methods in engineering, business, science, and other areas. The goal of the program is to provide students with advanced mathematical concepts and to underscore their relevance to solving problems in business and industry. The program emphasizes the computational tools (e.g. software packages) available for solving various problems. Each student also chooses a mathematics concentration area, and about one half of his/her coursework is related to it. Graduates from this program are well positioned to work in areas such as: mathematical modeling and analysis of manufacturing, computer and communications systems; transportation optimization; financial mathematics; biological modeling; and consulting planning.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 20 students are enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Cooperative education assignments are optional.

Salary Information

Co-op:   ID
MS:        ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

Software: Maple, Mathematica, MATLAB, Minitab
Programming Languages: C++, Java
Data analysis
Modeling physical systems
Risk Analysis
Probability modeling
Developing algorithms
Note: Skill sets will vary depending on each student’s undergraduate education, work experience, and selected concentration area.

Equipment & Facilities

Students have access to programming, statistical and simulation languages, graphics software and design tools on a variety of platforms.  Symbolic computation and statistical laboratories are also available.

Training / Qualifications

A Ph.D. degree in mathematics usually is the minimum education needed for prospective mathematicians, except in the Federal Government. In the Federal Government, entry-level job candidates usually must have a 4-year degree with a major in mathematics or a 4-year degree with the equivalent of a mathematics major. Outside the Federal Government, bachelor's degree holders in mathematics usually are not qualified for most jobs, and many seek advanced degrees in mathematics or a related discipline. However, bachelor's degree holders who meet State certification requirements may become primary or secondary school mathematics teachers. The majority of those with a master's degree in mathematics who work in private industry do so not as mathematicians but in related fields.For jobs in applied mathematics, training in the field in which mathematics will be used is very important. Mathematics is used extensively in physics, actuarial science, statistics, engineering, and operations research. Computer science, business and industrial management, economics, finance, chemistry, geology, life sciences, and behavioral sciences are likewise dependent on applied mathematics. Mathematicians also should have substantial knowledge of computer programming, because most complex mathematical computation and much mathematical modeling are done on a computer. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Titles

[Note: Most often the work involving applied mathematics is done by persons whose titles are other than “mathematician”] Engineer, Economist, Analyst (e.g. Operations Research), Physicist, Cryptanalyst (codes), Actuary, Teacher, Market Researcher, Financial Advisor

Significant Points

  • 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.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Center for Army Analysis, CIGNA Healthcare, Citigroup Inc., Eastman Kodak, Epic, HealthNow, IBM, Institute for Defense Analyses, JP Morgan, Microsoft, Mathnasium, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, U.S. Census Bureau, University of Rochester, Xerox Corporation.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Kris Stehler, the career services coordinator who works with the Applied & Computational Mathematics  program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at

Kris Stehler, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5468
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 Posted in Science, Mathematics, and Imaging Science, College of Science