Candidates for the degree must complete at least 48 quarter hours of graduate level work in applied mathematics and pass two sets of comprehensive examinations. Comprehensive examinations are offered twice a year, in the autumn and spring quarters. At the beginning of the quarter when students plan to take the comprehensive examinations, they notify the program director to register for the exams.
Applied Mathematics students must choose one concentration: Actuarial Science, Statistics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, or Mathematical Finance.
The department places strong emphasis on computation and is well supported with equipment and software necessary for research. The computer is used for data analysis and to find solutions to problems that arise in numerical analysis, simulations, and mathematical modeling. The computer packages used in these courses are likely to play an important role in the solution of the problems students will encounter in their places of employment.