The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics offers courses in applied mathematics, including ordinary differential equations, discrete and continuous dynamical systems, partial differential equations, calculus of variations, numerical analysis, complex analysis, and other topics. Emphasis is placed on analytical and numerical techniques for solving mathematical equations that arise in the physical and biological sciences, engineering, and economics. It is recommended that students contemplating study in applied mathematics have undergraduate training in differential equations, linear algebra, and analysis.
The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics offers a wide range of courses in the areas of real and complex analysis, topology, linear algebra, graph theory, combinatorics, and abstract algebra. Students wishing to prepare for a Ph.D. program in mathematics can build a solid foundation through an appropriate selection of courses offered by the department.
A student applying for admission to the Masters of Science program is expected to have at least thirty undergraduate semester credits in the mathematical sciences or closely-related fields with at least eighteen of these credits in upper-level (junior-level or higher) courses.
Students who need to remove deficiencies in their mathematical sciences education can enroll as special students prior to seeking admission to the graduate program, or may ask to be provisionally admitted to the graduate program pending completion of the appropriate courses. The department makes an effort to structure its offerings so that a student who has majored in one area may do graduate work in another. A student changing areas may be required to take additional appropriate courses.
Each year the department has a number of graduate assistantships available for full-time graduate students. These carry a stipend and remission of tuition. Assignments may include teaching your own course, being a teaching assistant, or grading.
Students who would like to be considered for financial support should apply as early as possible. The deadline for application for the fall semester is March 1 and the deadline for application for the spring semester is October 1.
For more information, check the VCU Graduate School website.