Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

Total: 32 semester hours

  • Eight graduate courses (32 semester hours of credit) are required for the degree: three required courses and five elective courses. The required courses provide a basic training in mathematical methods, and the elective courses include a wide variety of advanced topics. In addition the program allows up to two of the elective courses to be taken outside the Mathematics Department.

Course Requirements

  • Required courses:

Three core courses: Introduction to Mathematical Methods and Modeling, Applied Statistics or Mathematical Statistics, Analysis 1 or Algebra 1 or Probability 1. 

Five electives: Three must be graduate courses offered by the Department of Mathematics. With approval of the Graduate Coordinator, two may be graduate courses outside of the department.

The students can also participate in the optional internship program.


The MS in Applied Math (MSAM) program in the Department of Mathematics has been growing steadily, serving students from the region and worldwide. The program can be taken either full-time or part-time, and courses meet in the evenings to accommodate students’ work schedules. Students are allowed to take up to two courses outside of Mathematics Department, providing the flexibility of building a curriculum fitted to their career interest.

RECENT JOB PLACEMENTS: Located in Boston, Northeastern University is in a region that is the hub to many high-tech, financial, biotech companies. Recent graduates work in tech companies such as Raytheon, Bristol Technology, and financial companies such as State Street and Fidelity Investments. 
 
NEW INTERNSHIP COURSE: An elective internship course has recently been added to allow students to obtain experiential education during the program. The first internship course ran in Summer 2014. 
 
NEW APPLIED MATH COURSES: The Department has been working to increase the number of applied mathematics courses that are offered each year, and making these courses more relevant to employment in industry. In particular, we have started to add courses that are developed and taught by professionals from industry who have expertise in state-of-the-art mathematical and computational practices. The first such course, Numerical Analysis 1, was developed by Stuart Brorson and Michael Rohan and team-taught in Spring 2014. This was a big success; one student wrote "They are excellent professors with great industry experience. Please offer more courses by them." We are following that advice with Numerical Analysis 2 in Fall 2014. Other new graduate courses in statistical machine learning, game theory and inverse problems will be added in the years ahead.
 
NEW APPLIED MATH FACULTY: The Math Department also added two new full-time faculty members in applied mathematics this year, and they will begin contributing their expertise to the MSAM program right away: Assistant Professor Gabor Lippner will teach Graph Theory in Fall 2014, and Associate Professor Ting Zhou is developing a new course in Inverse Problems to be offered at a future date.