The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Computer Science & Mathematics

MS in Applied and Computational Mathematics

This research-oriented program presents you with a unique opportunity to conduct high quality research on problems of significant impact in applied sciences.

Applied mathematics encompasses few of the most diverse and interdisciplinary research in sciences and engineering. It applies theoretical concepts from mathematics to real life problems in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, mathematical biology, optimizations, traffic flows, among others.

Some of the ongoing projects include research on modeling pollutant transport in the ocean, combining mathematical models and data such as ocean color and sea surface temperature, and the simulation of tsunami waves and river floods and inundations in addition to the propagation/spread of contaminants in water. Other research studies include the application of Nonsmooth Analysis, which is a new analysis subject that appeared at the beginning of the 1970’s, in two contexts: that of generalized solutions of the H-J equation, and that of the boundary geometry of closed sets.

The program offers you the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from other schools on interdisciplinary projects. You will also have access to equipment, including high performance clusters and cloud computing tools, in addition to simulation tools and software.

What does this program offer?

What are my career prospects?

An MS in ACM offers you many opportunities, with the growing demand for the automation and digitalization of almost every sector: 

Alumni stories

Samara Chamoun - ACM alumna and PhD student at Michigan State University:

“The ACM program gave me a remarkable experience in three different aspects: courses, research and teaching … Because of it, I am now a full time PhD student (with a teaching assistantship) at Michigan State University, one of the top 100 universities in the world.

What makes it different than the usual applied mathematics programs is the computational mathematics component. Fields like mathematical biology and optimization are very demanded fields in the world of science and they create diverse job opportunities.” 

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MS in Applied and Computational Mathematics Program should hold a BS degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, or other related fields. Non-Math majors may have to take some undergraduate Mathematics remedial courses in order to join the MS program. The remedial courses are prescribed on a case-by-case basis, however a minimal knowledge in Real, Differential, and Functional analysis is expected.


I. Core requirements (6 credits)

II. ACM799 (Thesis): 6 credits

III. Elective ACM Courses: 18 credits

Number Course Cr
ACM701 Measure Theory and Functional Analysis 3
ACM702 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations 3
ACM711 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations 3
ACM712 Finite Element Methods 3
ACM713 Numerical Linear Algebra 3
ACM714 Parallel Programming 3
ACM715 Mathematical Biology 3
ACM721 Nonsmooth Analysis and Applications 3
ACM722 Nonsmooth Optimal Control 3
ACM723 Calculus of Variations 3
ACM724 Linear Programming 3
ACM725 Non-Linear Programming 3
ACM726 Integer Programming 3
ACM727 Mathematical Methods for Applied Economics 3
ACM788 Advanced Topics in Applied and Computational Mathematics 3


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