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


The Department of Mathematics of the University of Houston offers a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. 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.

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 mathematics department has a network of terminals and workstations available for use by graduate students. Students who do not already have experience with scientific computing and/or programming languages will be able to learn the necessary topics through courses or tutorials.

The Department of Mathematics is developing a number of options within the MSAM. So far we have three programs:


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.

Program Requirements and Electives

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:

  • 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.
  • Successfully complete another 6 credit hours of courses at the 6000 or 7000 level in the mathematics department, other than 6308,
    6309, 6312, or 6313. “Special problems” courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Pass another 6 hours of elective course work approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. The elective courses need not be taken in the Department of Mathematics.
  • 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 requirment by taking two regularly scheduled classes.

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.