Master of Science in Applied Mathematics (MSAM) - University of Houston
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Master of Science in Applied Mathematics (MSAM)

The intent of this program is to provide students with training in mathematics appropriate for many professional mathematical positions in industry. Recent graduates are employed in the aerospace, engineering, energy, actuarial and financial industries, as well as in biostatistics, and as teachers in high schools and community colleges.

The UH faculty in applied mathematics and computational sciences is internationally recognized for research achievement and teaching. We have excellent computing resources and the university library has an outstanding mathematics collection

 

Admission to the Program

To be admitted to the program, a student must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 GPA over the last 60 hours of course work and have a good background in mathematics. A student need not have majored in mathematics to be admitted. It is expected, however, that the student has completed at least 9 hours of mathematics at the junior or senior level, preferably in courses such as advanced linear algebra, analysis, differential equations, and probability and statistics. When these requirements are not met, students may be admitted on a conditional basis and have the opportunity to acquire the necessary background. 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. For more information about a (GRE) waiver, please click the (GRE) Waiver Rules link.

 

Program Details

Students take two one-year sequences of core courses chosen from the areas of mathematical analysis, numerical analysis, applied and computational mathematics, and probability and statistics. They also take electives and complete a tutorial project. The tutorial typically involves studying and writing a report on a specific topic involving the application of mathematics, with the guidance of a faculty member.

The Department of Mathematics has developed two Graduate Certificate Programs emphasizing particular areas of Applied Mathematics:

 

Degree Requirements

All pertinent regulations set forth in the Graduate Studies Bulletin and the Bulletin of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must be observed. Currently the requirements for the MS degree in Applied Mathematics are that a student complete 30 credit hours of courses at the University of Houston with an average grade of B (that is a 3.0 GPA) and no more than 3 grades below C+. A student must:

  1. Successfully complete (C or higher) two out the following four basic course sequences:

    - MATH 6360;6361: Applicable Analysis,
    - MATH 6370;6371: Numerical Analysis,
    - MATH 6382;6383: Probability and Statistics,
    - MATH 6366, 6367: Optimization.
  2. Successfully complete another 12 credit hours of courses at the 5000, 6000 or 7000 level.

    - At most two of these courses can be selected from MATH 6308, 6309, 6312 and 6313
    - At most two of these courses can be 5000 level subject to approval from the Graduate Director.
    - “Special Problems” courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    - At most two of these courses can be taken outside of the Department of Mathematics.
  3. Complete a tutorial project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students working on this project sign up for MATH 6315 and 7315: Master’s Tutorial. Alternatively, the student, with consent of his/her advisor, may decide to satisfy this requirement by taking two other graduate level (6000 or higher) courses

Within these requirements, students are encouraged to pursue their own interests. In particular, the subject matter of the tutorial project is often related to a student's professional work. It is usually less formal than a thesis but it is expected that the topic chosen will be treated thoroughly and in depth. To pass MATH 7315, a student writes a project report, which must be approved by his/her supervisor and a summary of the project must be provided to the Director of Graduates Studies.