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  Oct 21, 2017
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018

Applied Mathematics M.S.

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The emphasis of this program is on mathematics and how it is employed to study science, engineering, or management problems. It stresses construction, analysis, and evaluation of mathematical models of real-world problems and those areas of mathematics that are most widely used to solve them. The requirements for this degree allow students to prepare for entry into the Ph.D. program in applied mathematics or for employment in business, industry, or government.

The student must meet the requirements of the Office of Graduate Education and follow a Plan of Study acceptable to this office and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Each student’s program of study must include:

  • At least four graduate (6000) level courses of 4 credits each, of which at least two must be in math (MATH 6XXX or MATP 6XXX). 
  • At least 4 courses coded MATH or MATP of four credits each.
  • At least one 3- or 4-credit course at the 4000 or 6000 level outside the department (i.e., not coded MATH or MATP and not cross listed with any department course), selected in consultation with the math adviser.
  • Each student must participate in a capstone professional experience, by registering for and completing one of the following alternatives: 1) a Master’s Project in Mathematics, MATH 6980; 2) a Master’s Practicum, MATH 6970, such as a graduate cooperative internship or active participation in the Applied Mathematics Industry Workshop (a department faculty member must approve a student’s plans in advance and must certify its satisfactory completion); 3) two 6000-level MATH courses, with second digit either 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 (one may be an appropriate Special Topics course MATH 696X, subject to adviser’s approval); 4) two 6000-level MATP courses (one may be an appropriate Special Topics course MATP 696X, subject to adviser’s approval).

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