Applied and computational mathematics is utilized in almost every discipline of science, engineering, industry, and technology. The Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics program at WCU is designed to provide the training essential to launching a career as an industrial mathematician or pursue doctoral study in applied and computational mathematics and related fields. Our project-driven curriculum equips students with a advanced knowledge in content areas that span the realm of applied mathematics, including differential equations, discrete mathematics, probabilistic modeling, optimization, and statistical analysis. The development, refinement, analysis, and validation of mathematical models of real-world phenomena from industrial settings is front and center in all courses, making every course directly applicable to professional settings. Classes are offered in the evenings and the program accommodates both full-time and part-time students. We encourage students with backgrounds in related fields to apply and have designed an independent study bridge course to ease their transition.
Small class size
Preparation for a Ph.D. program
Independent study transition course
Project-oriented approach in coursework
Dual emphasis on applied and computational mathematics
- Practicum course gives students the opportunity to solve real-world problems from industrial partners
What can I do with this degree?
Our graduates can be found in prestigious Ph.D. programs including at the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama (2019 WCU graduates), and in positions including predictive analyst, software engineer, and combat systems engineer at Lockheed Martin.
Mathematicians and computational scientists can be found in nearly every field analyzing data and applying mathematical and statistical techniques to help solve real-world problems.
- Mathematicians typically need a master’s degree to qualify for entry-level jobs
- Mathematicians, statisticians, and workers in other math-related occupations had a 33 percent higher wage with a master’s degree than did those with a bachelor’s degree
- The median annual wage of a mathematician working in industry was $101,900 in May 2018
- Employment is expected to grow 33% through 2026. For more information, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Mathematicians and Statisticians.
- More career information, including job opportunities, internships, and fellowships can be found on the SIAM Career Resources Website.