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Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in applied mathematics

Graduate program director
Richard H. Hammack, Ph.D.
Graduate coordinator, concentrations in mathematics and applied mathematics
rhammack@vcu.edu
(804) 828-6237

Program website: math.vcu.edu

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Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in mathematics
Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in operations research
Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in statistics

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Mathematical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in applied mathematics
Degree:

M.S.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall

Spring
Deadline
dates:

Mar 1

Oct 1
Test
requirements:

GRE – general
TOEFL (international students only)
Special requirements: Priority deadlines for funding consideration

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:

  1. Thirty credit hours in undergraduate mathematical sciences, computer science or related areas of which at least 18 credit hours must represent upper-level courses
  2. Three letters of recommendation pertaining to the student’s potential ability as a graduate student in mathematical sciences

Provisional admission may be granted when deficiencies exist. These deficiencies must be removed by the end of the first year of residence, or its part-time equivalent, when the student’s application will be re-examined. Courses that are remedial or designed to remove deficiencies will not be accepted for credit hours toward the fulfillment of the course requirements for the master’s degree.

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university.  These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU

Program goal

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research jointly offer the M.S. in Mathematical Sciences.

The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is to foster excellence in mathematical research and to offer a strong undergraduate and graduate education that will prepare students for stimulating and rewarding employment, career and lifelong learning opportunities. In addition, the department strives to help all VCU students achieve a level of quantitative literacy and analytical skills enabling them to deal effectively with the quantitative issues that they will encounter throughout their lives.

The program offers maximum flexibility by allowing students, in consultation with their graduate committees, to design a course of study that will best develop competence in those areas most relevant to their scholarly and professional objectives. Students may obtain a designation on their transcripts indicating that their graduate study has emphasized the applied mathematics concentration by completing the requirements that are listed here. A student who has not satisfied the requirements for one of the program concentrations offered, but who has otherwise fulfilled all the requirements for a master’s degree, will be awarded a degree of Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences without any specialization.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students will develop creative-thinking skills to apply to mathematical problems and proofs.
  2. Students will be able to analyze mathematical arguments and write their own arguments and proofs.
  3. Students will be able to read and interpret mathematical literature including technical articles within their chosen mathematical subfield.
  4. 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.

Degree requirements

In addition to the VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses and to meet the following requirements.

  1. Credit hour requirements. Students in the M.S. in Mathematical Sciences program are required to earn a minimum of 30 graduate-level credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours presented for graduation must be at the 600 level or higher.
  2. Other requirements. For the non-thesis option, students must pass a comprehensive exam in the 600-level sequence (six credit hours) in the core and a comprehensive exam in two additional MATH courses (three credit hours each) of their choice.

Curriculum requirements

Thesis option

Courses Credit hours
   
Concentration core courses 12
MATH 532 Ordinary Differential Equations I [1]
Ordinary Differential Equations I
3
MATH 533 Partial Differential Equations I [1]
Partial Differential Equations I
3
Choose one sequence from: 6
MATH 615 Numerical Analysis and MATH 715 Numerical Solutions for Differential Equations or MATH 632 Ordinary Differential Equations II and MATH 732 Ordinary Differential Equations III  
   
Additional courses 18
MATH 690 Research Seminar [2] 2
MATH 697 Directed Research [2] 1-3
MATH 698 Thesis 3 or 6
Applied mathematical sciences electives (Choose courses from list 1 below.) 6
Mathematical sciences or allied field electives (Choose courses from list 2 below.) 6-9
   
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 30

Non-thesis option

Courses Credit hours
   
Concentration core courses 12
MATH 532 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
MATH 533 Partial Differential Equations I [1] 3
Choose one sequence from: 6
MATH 615 Numerical Analysis and MATH 715 Numerical Solutions for Differential Equations or MATH 632 Ordinary Differential Equations II and MATH 732 Ordinary Differential Equations III  
   
Additional courses 18
MATH 690 Research Seminar [3] 2-5
MATH 697 Directed Research [3] 0-3
Applied mathematical sciences electives (Choose courses from list 1 below.) 9
Mathematical sciences or allied field electives (Choose courses from list 2 below.) 6-9
   
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 30
   
[1] If a student previously received credit hours for one or both of these courses or their equivalent(s), then one or two of the other courses mentioned for concentration must be taken as substitute(s) to satisfy the minimum requirement of 15 credit hours of course work in the concentration.
[2] A maximum total of seven credit hours for MATH 690, MATH 697 and MATH 698 may count toward the degree.
[3] A maximum total of four credit hours for MATH 690 and MATH 697 may count toward the degree.
   
List 1: recommended electives in applied mathematical sciences Credit hours
   
MATH 511 Applied Linear Algebra 3
MATH 512 Complex Analysis for Applications 3
MATH 515 Numerical Analysis I 3
MATH 516 Numerical Analysis II 3
MATH 534 Applied Discrete Dynamical Systems 3
MATH 615 Numerical Analysis 3
MATH 632 Ordinary Differential Equations II 3
MATH 634 Partial Differential Equations 3
MATH 640 Mathematical Biology I 3
MATH 715 Numerical Solutions for Differential Equations 3
MATH 732 Ordinary Differential Equations III 3
MATH 740 Mathematical Biology II 3
STAT/BIOS 513 Mathematical Statistics I 3
STAT/BIOS 514 Mathematical Statistics II 3

List 2: recommended electives in mathematical sciences or allied field 
   
MATH 500- or 600-level courses except the following:  
   MATH 504 Algebraic Structures and Functions  
   MATH 554 Using Technology in the Teaching of Mathematics  
   MATH 661 Number and Operations  
   MATH 662 Geometry and Measurement  
   MATH 663 Functions and Algebra  
   MATH 664 Statistics and Probability  
   MATH 665 Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning  
   MATH 667 Functions and Algebra II  
OPER 500- or 600-level courses  
STAT 500- or 600-level courses except the following:  
   STAT/SOCY 508 Introduction to Social Statistics  
   STAT 541 Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists  
   STAT/BIOS 543 Statistical Methods I  
   STAT/SOCY 608 Statistics for Social Research  

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Degree candidacy requirements

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Graduation requirements

 

 

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