Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:

A. Course Requirements
The M.S. degree in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits in letter-graded (A,B,C,F) graduate courses.

All credits in satisfaction of the degree must be at the graduate level. The department may impose additional requirements as described below. In addition, the average for all courses taken must be B or higher, and at least 18 credits of all courses taken must carry a grade of B or higher.

The student pursues a program of study planned in consultation with an academic advisor. The program and any subsequent modifications require approval by the graduate program director.

Core Requirements for the M.S. Degree

1. Applied Mathematics

AMS 501 Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems

AMS 503 Applications of Complex Analysis

AMS 504 Foundations of Applied Mathematics

AMS 505 Applied Linear Algebra

AMS 526 Numerical Analysis I

AMS 527 Numerical Analysis II

AMS 595 Fundamentals of Computing

2. Computational Biology

AMS 507 Probability

AMS 510 Analytical Methods for Applied Mathematics and Statistics

MCB 520 Graduate Biochemistry OR

AMS 530 Principles in Parallel Computing

AMS 532 Laboratory Rotations & Journal Club in Computational Biology

AMS 533 Numerical Methods and Algorithms in Computational Biology

AMS 535 Intro to Computational Structural Biology & Drug Design

CHE 541 Biomolecular Structure and Analysis

CSE 549 Computational Biology

3. Operations Research

AMS 510 Analytical Methods for Applied Mathematics and Statistics

AMS 507 Introduction to Probability

AMS 540 Linear Programming

AMS 550 Stochastic Models

AMS 556, Dynamic Programming or AMS 553/CSE 529 Simulation and Modeling or

AMS 542/CSE 548 Analysis of Algorithms

One course in statistics

AMS 595 Fundamentals of Computing

4. Statistics

AMS 510 Analytical Methods for Applied Mathematics and Statistics

AMS 507 Introduction to Probability

AMS 570 Mathematical Statistics I

AMS 572 Exploratory Data Analysis

AMS 575 Internship in Statistical Consulting

AMS 578 Regression Theory

AMS 582 Design of Experiments

AMS 595 Fundamentals of Computing

Elective Requirements for the M.S. Degree

Any graduate-level AMS or other graduate-level courses in a related discipline approved by the graduate program director may be used to satisfy the credit requirement beyond the core course requirement.

B. Final Recommendation
Upon the fulfillment of the above requirements, the faculty of the graduate program will recommend to the dean of the Graduate School that the Master of Science degree be conferred or will stipulate further requirements that the student must fulfill.

C. Time Limit
All requirements for the Master of Science degree must be completed within three years of the student’s first registration as a full-time graduate student.

 

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

A. Course Requirements
The course of study prescribed for the M.S. degree provides basic guidelines for doctoral study. The student pursues a program of study planned in consultation with an academic advisor. The program and any subsequent modifications require approval of the graduate program director.

B. Qualifying Examination
A student must pass a qualifying examination to be allowed to continue toward the Ph.D. degree. The qualifying examination is given twice a year at the beginning and the end of the Spring semester and is designed to test the student’s preparation to do research in applied mathematics. Each student must demonstrate competency in algebra and analysis and in-depth knowledge in one of the following areas:

Computational Applied Mathematics

Computational Biology

Operations Research

Statistics

C. Research Advisor
After completion of at least one year of full-time residence and prior to taking the preliminary examination, the student must select a research advisor who agrees to serve in that capacity.

D. Preliminary Examination
This is an oral examination administered by a committee and given to the student when he or she has developed a research plan for the dissertation. The plan should be acceptable to the student’s research advisor.

E. Mathematical Writing Requirement
The mathematical writing requirement is associated with the preliminary oral examination. The student must submit a document, typically 20 to25 double-spaced pages long, containing the literature search synopsis for the proposed dissertation as well as research work accomplished to date. It must be given to the members of the Preliminary Examination committee at lease one week before the oral presentation.

The document must have the written approval for good English and writing style as well as correct content by the student’s thesis adviser and a faculty member, not of the Preliminary Examination Committee, who is appointed by the graduate program director. International students may need extensive writing assistance from the ESL Tutoring Center established to provide exactly this kind of technical writing tutorial support. Tutorial assistance in writing, if needed, will also be provided to native students.

F. Advancement to Candidacy
After successfully completing all requirements for the degree other than the dissertation, the student is eligible to be recommended for advancement to candidacy. This status is conferred by the dean of the Graduate School upon recommendation from the graduate program director.

G. Dissertation
The most important requirement of the Ph.D. degree is the completion of a dissertation, which must be an original scholarly investigation. The dissertation must represent a significant contribution to the scientific literature and its quality must be comparable with the publication standards of appropriate and reputable scholarly journals.

H. Dissertation Defense
The student must defend the dissertation before an examining committee. On the basis of the recommendation of this committee, the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics will recommend acceptance or rejection of the dissertation to the dean of the Graduate School. All requirements for the degree will have been satisfied upon successful defense of the dissertation. There must be at least one year between advancing to candidacy and scheduling a dissertation defense.

I. Minimum Residence
At least two consecutive semesters of full-time study are required.

J. Time Limit
All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed within seven years after the completion of 24 graduate credits in the program. The time limits for the qualifying and preliminary examinations and advancement to candidacy are described in the departmental Graduate Student Handbook.

K. Teaching Requirement
One academic year long teaching experience required.