**Taylor, Dewey T.**

Director, Graduate Programs in Mathematics - Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

dttaylor2@vcu.edu

(804) 828-5569

**Lu, QiQi**

Director, Master’s Programs in Statistical Sciences and Operations Research

qlu2@vcu.edu

(804) 828-8785

Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.)
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Degree:M.S. |
Semester(s)of entry: Fall Spring |
Deadline dates: Mar 1 Oct 1 Priority deadlines for funding consideration |
Testrequirements: GRE-General |

Special requirements:Contact director of graduate studies for specific admission requirements |

A Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences is offered jointly by the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research. The Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences offers specializations in several possible areas, including applied mathematics, mathematics, operations research, statistics, discrete structures and others.

For additional information, visit the departmental Web sites at www.math.vcu.edu or www.stat.vcu.edu.

- Students will develop creative-thinking skills to apply to mathematical problems and proofs.
- Students will be able to analyze mathematical arguments and write their own arguments and proofs.
- Students will be able to read and interpret mathematical literature including technical articles within their chosen mathematical subfield.
- Students will be able to use technology, including specialized computational and graphics software, to test the validity of certain conjectures, to solve problems, to conduct mathematical experiments and do mathematical research.

- Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of basic mathematical programming methods, stochastic models and decision analysis.
- Student will be able to obtain, analyze and interpret the data necessary to perform operations research projects.
- Students will be able to solve a wide variety of operations research problems using the software commonly used in industry.
- Students will know how to clearly and concisely present technical information in writing and through oral presentations.

- Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of basic statistical concepts, probability and interference, general linear modeling, calculus and linear algebra.
- Students will know how to select appropriate samples and conduct appropriate experimental data collection methods.
- Students will be able to perform appropriate analysis of data, including knowledge of the assumptions associated with the procedures and how to determine the appropriate procedure to use.
- Students will be able to use statistical software packages to solve various problems.
- Students will know how to clearly and concisely present technical information in writing and through oral presentations.