Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics degree prepares students to see the whole equation.


Employment in master’s-level occupations is projected to grow by almost 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, the fastest of any education level. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).


A master’s degree holder can expect to earn an average of 20 percent more than someone who has only earned their bachelor’s degree. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021).


Employment in math occupations is projected to grow 27% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, and will add about 56,100 jobs.  (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021).

New applications of mathematics are constantly being discovered, and established techniques are being applied in new ways and in emerging fields. Students have the option to participate in one of two tracks offered: data science or coursework. The track option allows students to be able to personalize their education with more in-depth knowledge of data science or other areas of interest. Learn more here.

Northeastern’s Master of Science in Applied Mathematics caters to students who are looking to enter or who are currently working in a variety of applied math careers, such as financial service and investment firms, data science and high-tech firms, computer information and software firms, and academic institutions and research institutes.

Need more flexibility?

We also offer a MS in Mathematics, MS in Operations Research, and a PhD program. Learn more here.


  • 1-2 years
  • Full-time & part-time offerings
  • On campus in Boston

International Students

Program meets F1 Visa Requirements

Find out what additional documents are required to apply here.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Domestic: August 1
  • Spring Domestic: December 1
  • Fall International: July 1
  • Spring International: November 1
  • International currently on a F1 visa in the US:
    • Fall: July 15
    • Spring: November 1


  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • All transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
Program Requirements
32 total semester hours required Minimum 3.000 GPA required
Core Requirements: Complete one course for each category
1. Methods and Modeling (4 credits)
MATH 5131, Introduction to Mathematical Methods and Modeling
2. Algebra and Analysis (4 credits)
2. Algebra and Analysis (4 credits)
MATH 5101Analysis 1, Functions of One Variable
MATH 5110, Applied Linear Algebra and Matrix Analysis
MATH 5111, Algebra 1
MATH 7241, Probability 1
3. Statistics (4 credits)
MATH 7243, Machine Learning and Statistical Learning Theory
MATH 7342, Mathematical Statistics
MATH 7343, Applied Statistics
Choose one of the following tracks:
1. Data Science Track (8 credits)
CS 6140, Machine Learning
CS 6220, Data Mining Techniques
DA 5020 Collecting, Storing, and Retrieving Data
DA 5030, Introduction to Data Mining/Machine Learning
DS 5220, Supervised Machine Learning and Learning Theory
DS 5230, Unsupervised Machine Learning and Data Mining
EECE 5644, Introduction to Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
MATH 7243, Machine Learning and Statistical Learning Theory

*For the Data Science Track, students may take other courses not on the list above from the Khoury College of Computer Sciences in consultation with their faculty advisor.

2. Coursework Track (8 credits)
Complete 8 semester hours from any subject area.

*For the Coursework Track, courses outside of Math may be chosen with faculty approval.

Electives (12 credits)
Complete 12 semester hours in MATH subject area:
MATH 7203, Numerical Analysis 1
MATH 7205, Numerical Analysis 2
MATH 7233, Graph Theory
MATH 7234, Optimization and Complexity
MATH 7341, Probability 2
MATH 7344, Regression, ANOVA and Design
MATH 7346, Time Series
MATH 5102, Analysis 2
MATH 5112, Algebra 2
MATH 5121, Topology 1
MATH 7202, Partial Differential Equations 1

More courses in MATH subject can be found on Northeastern Course Catalog.

Meet Rohit

Rohit Thakur decided to pursue a MS in Operations Research at the College of Science to develop his mathematical thinking. He has completed two co-ops during his time here, at Rue Gilt and Nestle, which have broadened his horizons.

“My classes at Northeastern provided me with the in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills required to excel in my co-ops. The professors are industry experts who keep an outstanding balance between application and theory when teaching any course.”

Hear more on his experience here.

Karissa Stisser, MS in Applied Mathematics
Jenny Li, MS in Applied Mathematics
Tigran Melkonian, MS in Applied Mathematics

Get involved in our research

Our faculty are involved in 14 research groups focused on mathematics including Probability and Statistics, Partial Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems, Combinatoric and Discrete Math. Learn more here.

Delve into your future career path on co-op

The department of mathematics’ graduate co-op program allows students to take a four- to eight-month term during their degree to gain industry experience in their chosen field. Our co-op coordinator is dedicated to helping develop each student’s career direction and job opportunities.

Students from the program find co-op appointments in a wide variety of fields, including scientific modeling and research, consumer and business analytics, financial modeling, healthcare analytics, and statistical analysis. Learn more here.

Career Outlook

Earning a degree at Northeastern opens the door to a network of more than 275,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and global nongovernmental organizations. As a result, our community expands continents, furthering our commitment to global, lifelong connections. Learn more here.

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