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M.A. in Applied Mathematics

All student course programs must be approved by a faculty advisor prior to registering for classes each quarter, as well as any changes throughout the quarter. (This program is offered only under the Comprehensive Examination Plan.)

Full-time students are required to register for a minimum of twelve (12) units every quarter, eight (8) of which must be graduate-level mathematics courses taken for a letter grade only. The remaining four (4) units can be approved upper-division or graduate-level courses in mathematics-related subjects (MATH 500 may not be used to satisfy any part of this requirement).

The degree may be terminal or obtained on the way to the Ph.D. Out of the total forty-eight (48) units of required credit, two applied mathematics sequences comprising twenty-four (24) units must be chosen from the following list (not every course is offered each year):

  • MATH 202A-B-C (Applied Algebra)
  • MATH 210A-B-C (Mathematical Methods in Physics & Engineering)
  • MATH 261A-B-C (Combinatorial Algorithms)
  • MATH 264A-B-C (Combinatorics)
  • MATH 270A-B-C (Numerical Mathematics)
  • MATH 271A-B-C (Numerical Optimization)
  • MATH 272A-B-C (Numerical Partial Differential Equations)
  • MATH 273A-B-C (Scientific Computation)

In certain cases, a petition may be approved to substitute one of these requirements from the following list of sequences:

  • MATH 220A-B-C (Complex Analysis)
  • MATH 230A-B-C (Ordinary Differential Equations)
  • MATH 240A-B-C (Real Analysis)
  • MATH 280A-B-C (Probability Theory)
  • MATH 281A-B-C (Mathematical Statistics)
  • MATH 282A-B (Applied Statistics)

In choosing course work to fulfill the remaining twenty-four (24) units, the following restrictions must be followed:

  • At least eight (8) units must be approved graduate courses in mathematics or other departments (a one-year sequence in a related area outside the department such as computer science, engineering, physics or economics is strongly recommended).
  • A maximum of eight (8) units can be approved upper-division courses in mathematics.
  • A maximum of eight (8) units can be approved upper-division courses in other departments.
  • A maximum of four (4) units of MATH 500 (Apprentice Teaching).
  • NO UNITS of MATH 295 (Special Topics) or MATH 299 (Reading and Research) may be used.

Comprehensive Examinations

Two written comprehensive examinations must be passed at the master's level in any of the required applied math sequences listed above. The instructors of each course should be contacted for exam details.


Foreign Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for the M.A. in Applied Mathematics.


Time Limits

Full-time M.A. students are permitted seven (7) quarters in which to complete all requirements. While there are no written time limits for part-time students, the Department has the right to intervene and set individual deadlines if it becomes necessary.


Master's Transferring to Ph.D.

A Master's student may submit a written request to transfer into the Ph.D. program, once the qualifying exam requirements for the Ph.D. program have been met and a dissertation advisor has been selected. The advisor must submit a written statement convincing the Qualifying Exam and Appeals Committee (QEAC) that the student is comparable to excellent students directly admitted into the Ph.D. program. The number of transfers that can be approved by QEAC in any given year is extremely limited. The department does not offer support to transferred students before they have advanced to candidacy. Even after advancement, support is not guaranteed, as it depends on availability of funding. Transferring from the Master's program may require renewal of an I-20 for international students, and such students should make their financial plans accordingly. To be eligible for TA support, non-native English speakers must pass the English exam administered by the department in conjunction with the Center for Teaching Development.