Two planes are heading for the same destination 8000 miles away.
Plane A leaves at 1:00 pm, averaging 450 mph. Plane B leaves at 6:00 pm, averaging 400 mph. Which plane gets there first?
You’ve heard a problem like this before, but never outside a classroom. Because in the real world, it’s much less black and white.
That’s because life has invisible variables. For instance, it will depend on the accuracy of weather pattern predictions to account for delays. It will depend on assessments about the plane’s material parts and fuel efficiency. It will depend on the air traffic controllers issuing course corrections in real time. All these factors will contribute to when the planes will arrive.
So what’s the answer? The truth is that the answer is too small for the real question. The world depends on more than just calculations — it requires people who have the foresight and perspective necessary to keep the planes arriving on time.
The College of Science mathematics degree prepares students not only to solve for (x), but to see the whole equation.
Applied Mathematics Masters
New applications of mathematics are constantly being discovered, and established techniques are being applied in new ways and in emerging fields. Northeastern’s Master of Science in Applied Mathematics is catered 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.
Develops problem-solving skills while simultaneously teaching mathematics concepts. Each unit centers on a particular applied problem, which serves to introduce the relevant mathematical topics.
Presents mathematical connections and foundations for art. Topics vary and may include aspects of linear perspective and vanishing points, symmetry and patterns, tilings and polygons, Platonic solids and polyhedra, golden ratio, non-Euclidean geometry, hyperbolic geometry, fractals, and other topics.
Traces the development of mathematics from its earliest beginning to the present. Emphasis is on the contributions of various cultures including the Babylonians, Egyptians, Mayans, Greeks, Indians, and Arabs.
Many math students choose to participate in the university’s signature co-operative education program because it offers excellent preparation and exposure to exciting careers. Here’s what our students are saying:
Ruo Yang, Consumer Analytics and Insights Co-op Program, Fidelity Investments
“I am currently doing a co-op with Fidelity Investments. It is an extraordinary experience to learn and apply mathematical skills into the real world rather than with academics only. The fantastic program (co-op in applied mathematics) is the way to transform the abstract mathematical knowledge to the different actual projects which increase the interests with math.”
Xiaofan Liu, Pension Analyst, Towers Watson
“The co-op experience made my MSOR program more colorful as well as is the stepping stone to my future career life.”
Hua Zhao, Sales Analyst, Gryphon Networks
“Co-op is the best way to gain real world experiences off campus! Also a great way to discover the industry and find your real interest before going to the real world.”
Liu Li, Data Modeling, Custom Portfolios
“I encountered new problems every day, learned new theories and practiced new models in every project. Working in industry is not the same thing as doing course projects at school. You have to learn things fast and keep pace with the development of new techniques.”
Shaokang Du, Data Scientist, Omni Claim
“In order to be a strong candidate for co-op I recommend preparing a challenging and skillful project experience if you don’t have much professional experience and keep an attitude and willingness to learn.”