The University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Applied Mathematics is one of the leading departments of applied mathematics in the world. In fact, in a recent National Research Ranking, our Department was ranked amongst the top ten in many measures. With internationally recognized faculty and a strong commitment to its graduate program, the Department of Applied Mathematics at CU Boulder strives to provide graduate students a high quality education and training in applied mathematics while preparing them for careers in industry, laboratories, and the academic professions

The department fosters extensive interaction between students and faculty to provide a tailored educational experience in applied mathematics. Currently, the department has 20 faculty and 45 affiliated faculty from other academic departments and colleges. A Ph.D. student can be advised by core faculty or co-advised by an affiliate involved in applied mathematics which creates a definitively unique learning experience in many areas of physical, biological, computational, or engineering sciences. With the breadth of such a diverse faculty, a student can explore their academic and research interests through the investigation of numerous ongoing faculty projects.

The Professional Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics is designed to give students the technical knowledge and professional skills to be highly successful in careers related to data science, statistics, applied mathematics and engineering.  Coursework--culminating in a comprehensive final project--offers students strong preparation in the mathematics, statistics, and computing at the heart of the big data revolution.  In addition, students will have access to workshops and courses that help develop valuable professional skills, including communication, collaboration, presentation, organizational, and networking skills.  As a part of our program, students engage in a hands-on, experiential education, with opportunities for networking with campus faculty and off-campus professionals. Our internationally recognized faculty have both academic and industrial experience. Many are fellows of professional societies, including the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, and the American Physical Society.

Students in the program will have the option to specialize in Statistics and Data Science or customize their own educational plan. The Statistics and Data Science specialization enables students to develop the foundational tools needed to analyze and interpret data, including complex and high dimensional datasets.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in the department’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA). Here, students will gain valuable collaboration skills and foster relationships with faculty and industry professionals. Students not wishing to specialize in Statistics and Data Science can forge their own path with a customized educational track that capitalizes on the Applied Mathematics Department’s numerous strengths including computational mathematics, dynamical systems, nonlinear sciences, physical applied mathematics, statistics, and applied probability.

Degrees Offered

Professional MS, PhD

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