MS in Applied Mathematics

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Several of our recent graduates have been employed at local software companies such as MathWorks Inc. Take advantage of the courses, co-op, and internship opportunities in our Master’s in Applied Math program to get ready for your career!

New applications of mathematics are constantly being discovered and established techniques are being applied in new ways and in emerging fields. The MS in Applied Mathematics (MSAM) program in the Department of Mathematics is growing steadily, serving students from the region and worldwide. Our curriculum is designed to address the needs of those who are seeking to enter or are currently working in a variety of applied math careers, such as financial service and investment management firms; data science and high-tech firms; computer information and software firms; and academic institutions and research institutes.

Capitalizing on Northeastern University’s proximity to many high-tech, financial, and research organizations, courses are developed and taught by professionals with expertise in state-of-the-art mathematical and computational practices. Courses meet in the evenings to accommodate our student’s busy schedules. Students are encouraged to take up to two courses outside the mathematics department, providing the flexibility to create a curriculum tailored to their career interests. There is an optional internship program for course credit and an optional co-op program.

The hallmark of a Northeastern education is its Cooperative Education Program, and the Applied Mathematics and Operations Research programs are pleased to offer an optional co-op experience for its master degree students.

Our curriculum is designed to address the needs of those who are seeking to enter or are currently working in a variety of applied math careers, such as Financial service and investment management firms; Computer information and software firms; and Academic institutions and research institutes among others. Capitalizing on Northeastern University’s proximity to many high-tech, financial, and research organizations, courses are developed and taught by professionals with expertise in state-of-the-art mathematical and computational practices. Courses meet in the evenings to accommodate our students’ busy schedules. Students are encouraged to take up to two courses outside the Department of Mathematics, providing the flexibility to create a curriculum tailored to their career interests, and there is an optional internship program for course credit.

Curriculum requirements course descriptions can be found in the Registrar’s Office Catalog.

MSAM FAQs

Are TOEFL scores needed for international students?
Yes. TOEFL scores are a required component of the application for all international students. See full requirements here.

I’ve been out of school for a while now, are professional letters of recommendation acceptable?
Yes. However, there should be at least one letter that can address your academic ability.

Do I need to have a degree in Mathematics to be accepted?
No.

When are the application deadlines?
You can find deadlines and requirements for the program here.

Do you accept transfer students?
Yes.

Can I apply for part-time study in the Masters of Science in Applied Mathematics program?
Yes.

Is there a seminar in applied mathematics?
Yes. The seminar in Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics meets weekly from September through April. Click here for descriptions of recent talks and for upcoming events.

What are some areas of faculty research in applied and interdisciplinary mathematics?
The math department has an increasing number of faculty who are engaged in various aspects of applied and interdisciplinary mathematics. Click here for details.

What is the cost of the program? Is financial aid available?
For current tuition rates, click here.

There are several resources available to help you finance your graduate education at Northeastern. We recommend that every student consider applying for financial aid, regardless of his/her income and assets. For information, click here.