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Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

The M.S. degree program provides a broad background in the fundamentals of the advanced mathematics that is applied to solve problems in the other fields. The goal is to prepare students for careers in industry and for the doctoral program.

Degree requirements

All IIT Graduate School requirements must be satisfied. Specific departmental requirements are:

  • 32 credit hour requirement
  • Required Courses: at least two of the basic sequences in the four core areas of study.
  • Elective Courses: The remaining courses in each student's program are selected in consultation with, and approval of, the Director of Graduate Studies. The program may include at most three courses at the 400-level and at most two courses outside the department.
  • The comprehensive examination requirement is fulfilled by a Masters thesis (5 to 8 credit hours of MATH 591), under the supervision of a faculty member, or by passing written tests in two of the four core areas of study, namely, Applied Analysis (MATH 500 and MATH 501, Computational Mathematics (MATH 577 and MATH 578), Discrete Applied Mathematics (MATH 553 and (MATH 554) and Stochastics (MATH 540 and one of MATH 543, MATH 544 and MATH 545).
  • The colloquium/seminar course MATH 593 (must take it at least twice with satisfactory grade).

Students are responsible for following all departmental procedures as well as the general requirements of the Graduate College.

The director of graduate studies serves as temporary academic adviser for all newly admitted graduate students until an appropriate faculty member is selected as the adviser.

Core course sequences

Course Title
MATH 500 APPLIED ANALYSIS I
MATH 501 APPLIED ANALYSIS II
MATH 540 PROBABILITY and one of the following:

MATH 543 STOCHASTIC ANALYSIS
MATH 544 STOCHASTIC DYNAMICS
MATH 545 STOCHASTIC PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
 
MATH 553 DISCRETE APPLIED MATHEMATICS I
MATH 554 DISCRETE APPLIED MATHEMATICS II
MATH 577 COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS I
MATH 578 COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS II

Admission criteria

Admission normally requires a bachelor's degree in mathematics or applied mathematics. Candidates whose degree is in another field (for example, computer science, physics, or engineering) and whose background in mathematics is strong are also eligible for admission and are encouraged to apply. Students must remove deficiencies in essential undergraduate courses that are prerequisites for the degree program, in addition to fulfilling all other degree requirements. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 is usually required. Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination scores. The following minimum GRE scores are required:

  • 304 (quantitative + verbal) 2.5 (analytical writing), test scores before 2011: 1100 (quantitative + verbal)

A TOEFL score of 550/213/80 (paper/computer/internet test score) is required if an applicant is from a non-English speaking country.

At least two letters of recommendation

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