Applied Mathematics

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Master of Science

About the Program

Solve interdisciplinary problems that extend beyond science and technology with a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Case Western Reserve, one of the top research universities in the U.S. The field of applied, or interdisciplinary, mathematics focuses on the development and implementation of mathematics and mathematical methods in other subjects—from physics, engineering and computer technology, to biology, medicine, economics and business. 

In our program, where we’re known for leading at the forefront of the field, you’ll take specialized courses tailored to your interests. And you’ll graduate prepared to work in a variety of fields and subject areas, including risk management, climate change, medicine, national security, computer engineering, astronomy and space exploration, database administration, financial services, robotics and more.

What to Expect

You can complete our program in two years if studying full time. Here, you’ll complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, taking classes on topics such as advanced engineering mathematics, probability, numerical differential equations, and cryptology, to name a few. 

During your program, you’ll have the option to complete a comprehensive oral examination in three areas, or substitute that requirement with an expository or original thesis. If you choose the latter route, you’ll defend your thesis through an oral examination, during which you’ll be questioned about the thesis and related topics. 
Join the Mathematics Graduate Student Association (MGSA), an organization of all master’s- and doctoral-level students at CWRU who are studying statistics, applied mathematics and pure mathematics. MGSA hosts annual activities to bring you together with your peers.

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A Place for Success

Cleveland is known for its wide array of job opportunities in addition to its culture, food, and low cost of living. CWRU is situated in the heart of University Circle, one of the city’s most energetic and culturally robust communities. From our campus, you’re just a short walk to some of Cleveland and University Circle’s most outstanding destinations—including the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose and personal statement
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test scores for GRE (required) and MAT, MCAT, LSAT, DACT or GMAT (optional)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE

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