M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics


Train students to launch careers as industrial mathematicians, or doctoral study in computationally-intensive field

Distinctive features include:

  • Project-oriented approach in all courses - real-world industrial problems motivate coursework
  • Team problem-solving practica emulate an industrial microcosm in which undergrads, grads, faculty, and industrial partners work together to study real-world problems
  • Dual emphasis is placed on computational mathematics in the study of all real-world projects in each course of the curriculum

Students who complete the proposed program will:

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of a wide variety of topics that span the realm of applied mathematics, including differential equations, discrete mathematics, probabilistic modeling, optimization and statistical analysis.
  • Become adept at employing all steps of the mathematical modeling process in the analysis of real-world phenomena.
  • Acquire expertise in using various forms of technology and in using, modifying, and creating numerical algorithms used in the analysis of real-world phenomena,
  • Develop the valuable intuition of using the right tool for the right job.

Program Entrance Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to a graduate program at West Chester University, applicants must have successfully completed the undergraduate calculus sequence, as well as courses in differential equations and linear algebra.  In order to ease the transition for those students who may have been away from an academic environment for a length of time, we have designed the transition course MAT 500 Fundamentals of Applied Mathematics that applicants will be encouraged to complete either the summer prior to their first semester in the program or concurrently during their first semester as an independent study.