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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Applied Mathematics, MS

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics  > Department of Mathematics  > Applied Mathematics, MS

The intent of the Master’s of Science in Applied Mathematics is to provide students with training in mathematics appropriate for many professional positions in industry. In particular, this program is aimed at developing practical computational and analytical mathematical skills required to tackle realistic problems. Students entering this program are required to have some background in applied mathematics equivalent to at least a minor in mathematics. Several professional certificate programs are offered under this program for students who want to specialize in a particular area of interest.

For additional information, please visit the Program Outline page.

Admission Requirements

An MS in Applied Mathematics applicant will have earned a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. Scores from the General GRE examination taken in the last 5 years are optional (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing; advanced GRE is recommended but optional). TOEFL or IELTS scores must be provided by applicants who did not earn a prior degree from a US institution or a country where English is the medium of instruction see list at English Language Proficiency Requirements.

The admissions committee will evaluate the credentials of each applicant for the MS in Applied Mathematics program, considering a broad range of criteria, including:

  1. Content of undergraduate program and, if applicable, graduate programs and competency in mathematics
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better in the last 60 hours of course work
  3. Letters of recommendation from three (3) individuals (preferably faculty members)
  4. GRE scores, if submitted (see above)
  5.  English proficiency test scores (where applicable)

The prerequisite for admission to the program is the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics as defined at the University of Houston. Prior experience with advanced undergraduate mathematical concepts is necessary.

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 30.0

A student must successfully complete 30 credit hours of the following mathematics courses below.

1) Basic Course Sequences

Complete two out the following four basic course sequences:

2) 5000, 6000, and 7000 Level Courses

Successfully complete another 12 credit hours of courses at the 5000, 6000 or 7000 level.

  • At most two of these courses can be selected from MATH 6308, MATH 6309, MATH 6312, MATH 6313.
  • At most two of these courses can be 5000 level subject to approval from the Graduate Director.
  • “Special Problems” courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement
  • At most two of these courses can be taken outside of the Department of Mathematics

3) Tutorial Project

Complete a tutorial project by completing MATH 6315 and 7315, Master’s Tutorial under the supervision of a faculty member. Alternatively, the student, with consent  of the Director of Graduate Studies, may decide to satisfy this requirement by taking two regularly scheduled classes. To pass MATH 7315, a student writes a project report, which must be approved by his/her supervisor and a summary of the project must be provided to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Any course from the four basic course sequence with a grade of C- or lower will have to be retaken. Undergraduate classes will not count towards this degree.

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Scholastic Requirements

Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all course work to be considered in good standing. Students not in good standing cannot receive a graduate degree and can be declared ineligible for support with a graduate assistantship (IA, TA or RA).