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This degree is designed to provide students with the necessary quantitative background for employment in business, industry, or government and to provide a solid foundation for students interested in pursuing a PhD in mathematics. Courses in this program are offered at the Lincoln Park campus.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Degree Requirements||48 hours|
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the mathematical basis and foundations of probability and statistics necessary to develop and implement appropriate mathematical models.
- Solve a computational problem by using appropriate numerical and statistical procedures with a focus on accuracy, error control, and efficiency.
- Implement a variety of mathematical and statistical structures to model and analyze complex problems.
- Identify, formulate, abstract, and solve mathematical problems using tools from a variety of mathematical areas including calculus, linear algebra, algebra, analysis, probability, and statistics.
- Use computational and statistical software platforms to develop and execute various mathematical procedures and numerical algorithms.
- Communicate mathematical ideas professionally, in verbal and visual form, by using appropriate terminology and notation.
Candidates for the degree must complete at least 48 quarter hours of graduate level work in applied mathematics and pass two sets of comprehensive examinations. Comprehensive examinations are offered twice a year, at the beginning of the autumn and spring quarters. Students need to notify the program director at least a month in advance to register for the exams.
Applied Mathematics students must choose one concentration: Actuarial Science, Statistics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, or Mathematical Finance.
The department places strong emphasis on computation and is well supported with equipment and software necessary for research. Computers are used for data analysis and to find solutions to problems that arise in numerical analysis, simulations, and mathematical modeling. The computer packages used in these courses are likely to play an important role in the solution of the problems students will encounter in their places of employment.
Concentrations, tracks and specializations provide focus to the degree. Students may declare at most two concentrations for their MS, provided they successfully complete at least 14 courses as 56 credit hours required for their degree.
In addition to any degree requirements, students are required to choose one of the following:
A student will be placed on academic probation at the time when his/her cumulative GPA falls below 2.70.
A graduate student may be academically dismissed under one or more of the following violations of satisfactory progress: his/her cumulative GPA remains below 2.70 after one year of coursework while being on academic probation, lack of progress toward degree completion, or failing the comprehensive examinations twice.
Students whose undergraduate degrees were in majors other than mathematics or related fields may be conditionally admitted provided they complete the following minimum prerequisites as conditions: two years of calculus [the equivalent of MAT 150-MAT 152], multivariable calculus and linear algebra [the equivalent of MAT 260-MAT 262], and a course in statistics. Additionally, a course in computer programming is required.
The same readmission standards outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook and approval of the program director are observed for students in these programs.
No more than two graduate courses (8 quarter credit hours or its semester equivalent) may be transferred from another DePaul program or institution provided that they are equivalent to courses offered in DePaul’s graduate program, and they did not count toward another degree either at DePaul or another institution. Written approval must come from graduate program director and associate dean for graduate studies.
No undergraduate courses shall count toward the graduate degree.
Requirements include, but are not limited to, twelve graduate courses (48 credit hours) at a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70, and passing of Part-I and Part-II comprehensive examinations.
Graduation with Distinction
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.70 for coursework applied toward the applied mathematics degree and high performance - as determined by the Mathematical Sciences department - on the comprehensive examinations are required for graduation with distinction.
The degree is expected to be completed in a maximum of six years.