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Applied Mathematics

Department Overview

202 Lewis Hall

Applied mathematics is concerned with mathematical modeling and analysis of problems from the physical, biological, and social sciences, and from engineering.

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
202 Lewis Hall, Box 353925
(206) 543-5493 gpa@amath.washington.edu

The Department of Applied Mathematics offers the following undergraduate programs:

Minor

Minor Requirements: 27 or more credits as follows:

  1. MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 (5, 5, 5) or equivalent
  2. Four applied mathematics courses at the 300 level or above (excluding AMATH 400, AMATH 498, AMATH 499)
  3. Minimum grade of 2.0 required in each course.

Graduate Program

Advisor
202 Lewis Hall, Box 353925
(206) 543-5493

The Department of applied mathematics offers graduate programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. These programs involve broad training in those mathematical methods and techniques that have been found useful in applications, in-depth study in at least one field of application, and opportunities to explore various specialized aspects of applied mathematics.

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

The Master of Science degree is offered both on campus and online. Requirements are basically the same for both degrees. See adviser for possible exceptions.

Admission Requirements

  1. Undergraduate degree either in mathematics with a strong background in applications such as physical, engineering, biological, or social sciences with a strong background in applications-oriented mathematics.
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA (or B)
  3. Graduate Record Examination scores.
  4. Minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants who are not citizens of the United States, unless they meet one of the following criteria: citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom; or applicants holding bachelor's or advanced degrees from accredited institutions in the United States or in one of the countries listed above.

Degree Requirements

Minimum 36 credits, to include:

  1. Core Courses (20 credits): AMATH 567, AMATH 568, and AMATH 569 . [Substitution of any of these courses with AMATH 501 , AMATH 502 and AMATH 503 , respectively, is permitted.] Either AMATH 581 or AMATH 584 .
  2. Applied Mathematics Courses: Minimum 24 credits from the Applied Mathematics curriculum. Core courses are counted toward this requirement.
  3. Minimum 9 numerically graded courses, including core courses listed above, with a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA. One of these courses may be substituted by a total of 4 credits worth of AMATH 500 or AMATH 600.
  4. Final Examination: Oral presentation by the candidate in the presence of his or her graduate committee on a current topic of interest from the literature or on the results of original research. Students continuing in the AMATH PhD program satisfy the requirement by passing the PhD qualifying examination.
  5. Program Plan: To be filled out by the student, signed by the adviser, and approved by the graduate committee. For full-time students, no later than the end of the first quarter of registration. For part-time students, prior to the end of their first three quarters of registration.
  6. Satisfactory Progress: Maintain a minimum 3.20 GPA. Full-time students (whether self-supporting or under full scholarship or assistantship support) should normally complete the requirements for an MS degree in one year.

Master of Science in Computational Finance and Risk Management

The Master of Science in computational finance and risk management (MS-CFRM) addresses the demand in the financial-services profession for advanced quantitative and computational finance skills, and next generation risk-management competencies. Three degree options are available: general program (42 total credits), computing concentration (54 total credits), and risk management concentration (54 total credits).

Degree Requirements

Minimum 42-54 credits, to include:

  1. Core Courses (26 credits): CFRM 463, CFRM 540, CFRM 541, CFRM 542, CFRM 543, CFRM 544, CFRM 556, CFRM 558 .
  2. CFRM program options:
    1. General program: remaining credits to be satisfied by available CFRM elective courses
    2. Computing concentration: remaining credits selected from: CFRM 510, CFRM 548, CFRM 551, CFRM 555, CFRM 557, CFRM 557, AMATH 583
    3. Risk Management concentration: remaining credits selected from: CFRM 545, CFRM 546, CFRM 547, CFRM 548, CFRM 552, CFRM 554
  3. Final Examination: a written exam, to be completed after the third quarter of enrollment. Examination dates are determined by the department each quarter.
  4. Satisfactory Progress: maintain a minimum 3.20 GPA.

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of coursework equivalent to that described for the master's degree, with a minimum 3.40 GPA, and indication of the ability or potential to perform independent research.
  2. Graduate Record Examination
  3. Three letters of recommendation sent directly to the department.
  4. Minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants not citizens of the United States unless they meet one of the following criteria: citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom; or applicants holding bachelor's or advanced degrees from accredited institutions in the United States or in one of the countries listed above.
  5. Students are considered for admission to the PhD program after completing AMATH 567, AMATH 568, AMATH 584, and AMATH 585 with a minimum grade of 3.4 in each course, as well as passing the preliminary examination.

Degree Requirements

Minimum 90 credits, to include:

  1. Course Requirements: AMATH 567 , AMATH 568 , AMATH 569 ; AMATH 584 , AMATH 585 , AMATH 586 ; three of AMATH 570 , AMATH 571 , AMATH 572 , AMATH 573 , AMATH 574 , AMATH 575 ; either AMATH 507 or AMATH 515 ; AMATH 506 ; two applications courses; 2 credits of departmental seminars; 2 credits of departmental clinics.
  2. Preliminary Examination: Three written two-hour exams, covering a core of undergraduate material necessary for successful completion of the PhD program. Core areas are differential equations, linear algebra, and advanced calculus.
  3. Supervisory Committee: Formed no later than the end of spring quarter of the first year.
  4. Candidacy Requirements: Form a Supervisory Committee, select two specialization areas, satisfy course requirements, and design a doctoral research plan.
  5. General Examination: Administered after the student has passed the preliminary examination and sometime before the end of the student's second year.
  6. Final Examination: Oral presentation of completed research in a seminar open to the public.

Financial Aid

Both research and teaching assistantships are available to full-time students who qualify. In addition, fellowship funds for the study of applied mathematics are available and awarded on a competitive basis.

Research Facilities

Students in applied mathematics have access to a departmental computing laboratory equipped with a DEC Alpha server, Alpha/AXP workstations, and X-terminals, with centralized file storage. Software for scientific visualization, numerical analysis, symbolic mathematics, programming, and document preparation is available. The laboratory is connected to the campus network and the Internet, providing access to supercomputing facilities and other resources.