# Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Rochester, USA

DURATION

2 Years

LANGUAGES

English

PACE

Full time, Part time

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Request application deadline *

EARLIEST START DATE

Aug 2024

TUITION FEES

USD 41,424 / per year **

STUDY FORMAT

On-Campus

* rolling admissions

** $41,424 - $54,974 | based on credits taken

## Introduction

Sophisticated mathematical tools are increasingly used to solve problems in management science, engineering, biology, financial portfolio planning, facilities planning, control of dynamic systems, and design of composite materials. The goal is to find computing solutions to real-world problems. The applied and computational mathematics master’s degree refines your capabilities in applying mathematical models and methods to study a range of problems, with an emphasis on developing and implementing computing solutions.

The ideas of applied mathematics pervade several applications in a variety of businesses and industries as well as the 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 masters of science degree in applied and computational mathematics provide 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 concentrations in discrete mathematics, dynamical systems, and scientific computing. Electives may be selected from the graduate course offerings in the School of Mathematical Sciences or from other graduate programs, with approval from the graduate program director. Students have the option to 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.

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## Admissions

## Scholarships and Funding

RIT awards more than $37 million in merit scholarships and assistantships to graduate students each year. Scholarship awards range from 5% of tuition all the way up to full tuition. Awards are based on an applicant's academic excellence. Many things are considered when awarding scholarships - undergraduate grades, graduate placement test scores, and your research and work experience all factor in.

Graduate assistantships are offered to full-time matriculated graduate students to serve as teaching, research, or administrative assistants. Graduate Assistants receive wages (determined by the department making the appointment) in exchange for work performed. Many graduate assistants also receive tuition remission (i.e., tuition support) in addition to receiving wages for assistantship duties.

Graduate students can be awarded both scholarships and assistantships. These funding opportunities are the same for both US and international applicants.

RIT awards more than $30 million in merit scholarships and assistantships to graduate students each year. Scholarship awards range from 10% - 40% of tuition. Our median scholarship amount is around 30% of tuition or $13,000. Awards are based on an applicant's academic excellence. Many things are considered when awarding scholarships - undergraduate grades, graduate placement test scores, and your research and work experience all factor in.

Graduate assistantships are offered to full-time matriculated graduate students to serve as teaching, research, or administrative assistants. Graduate Assistants receive wages (determined by the department making the appointment) in exchange for work performed. Many graduate assistants also receive tuition remission (i.e., tuition support) in addition to receiving wages for assistantship duties.

Graduate students can be awarded both scholarships and assistantships. These funding opportunities are the same for both US and international applicants.

**Optional Co-Op**: cooperative education is paid work assignments with corporations and organizations around the U.S. and abroad. Co-op allows students to spend one or more semesters employed in a full-time, paid position related to their academic program before they graduate. Many students use co-op earnings to help finance their education.

**Work-Study**: graduate students studying full-time may apply to work part-time on campus. RIT has more than 9,000 jobs available each year, and students typically work 10 – 20 hours per week. International students studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa may work up to 20 hours per week on campus and 40 hours during break periods.

## Curriculum

### Applied and Computational Mathematics (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

**First Year**

*Choose four of the following core courses:*

- MATH-601 Methods of Applied Mathematics
- MATH-602 Numerical Analysis I
- MATH-605 Stochastic Processes
- MATH-622 Mathematical Modeling I
- MATH-645 Graph Theory
- MATH-722 Mathematical Modeling II
- MATH-606 Graduate Seminar I
- MATH-607 Graduate Seminar II
- Electives

**Second Year**

- MATH-790Research & Thesis
- Elective

### Applied and Computational Mathematics (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

**First Year**

*Choose four of the following core courses:*

- MATH-601 Methods of Applied Mathematics
- MATH-602 Numerical Analysis I
- MATH-605 Stochastic Processes
- MATH-622 Mathematical Modeling I
- MATH-645 Graph Theory
- MATH-722 Mathematical Modeling II
- MATH-606 Graduate Seminar I
- MATH-607 Graduate Seminar II
- Electives

**Second Year**

- MATH-790Research & Thesis
- Elective

### Graduation Requirements

Until all course work is completed for both the bachelor's degree and master's degree, neither degree will be awarded to a dual-degree participant.

## Program Outcome

### Nature of Work

Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems. The work of mathematicians falls into two broad classes — theoretical (pure) mathematics and applied mathematics. These classes, however, often overlap. Applied mathematicians start with a practical problem, envision its separate elements, and then reduce the elements to mathematical variables. They often use computers to analyze relationships among the variables, and they solve complex problems by developing models with alternative solutions.

## Career Opportunities

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, and Financial Advisor.

Many mathematicians work for federal or state agencies. The Dept. of Defense accounts for about 81% of the mathematicians employed by the Federal Government. In the private sector, mathematicians are employed by scientific R&D services, software publishers, insurance companies, and in aerospace or pharmaceutical manufacturing.

### Industries

- Government (Local, State, Federal)
- Insurance
- Investment/Portfolio Management
- Defense
- Scientific and Technical Consulting
- Biotech and Life Sciences
- Telecommunications

### Typical Job Titles

- Engineer
- Economist
- Analyst (e.g. Operations Research)
- Physicist
- Cryptanalyst (codes)
- Actuary
- Teacher
- Market Researcher
- Financial Advisor

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