MS in Applied Mathematics FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
What separates this program from other Master's Degree programs?

Our unique program is designed to prepare students for jobs or further research in one of two specific areas. The applied statistics concentration in this program provides an opportunity to students to hone their skills to research, analyze and interpret data to make data-driven assessments, and decisions to reduce risk. The discrete mathematics concentration gives students exposure to the foundations of mathematical methods used in modeling, programming, and analysis of algorithms and computational complexities. It also helps students acquire necessary knowledge in logic, algebra and combinatorics if they wish to further pursue a doctoral study in discrete mathematics.

What sort of jobs will the MS in Applied Mathematics from William Paterson prepare me for?

Students leaving our program will be ready to pursue careers in fields such as scientific research and development, data analytics, operations research, and financial analysis. In addition, it will also better prepare students who wish to go on to further study at the doctoral level.

Will there actually be jobs in these areas?

This program is in part designed to meet need needs of the current job market. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs in Operations Research will grow by 25% in the period from 2019-2029, much faster than average occupations. The growth rate for Mathematicians and Statisticians is predicted to grow by an incredible 33% over this same period. The jobs will be there and the country needs qualified graduates to meet the high demand.

How long does it generally take to get a Master's Degree?

Usually, it takes two years. If you are an undergraduate at WPUNJ and know you wish to go to graduate school early on, then the 4+1 plan can help you complete the program in less time.

Will I be writing some sort of Master's Thesis?

You will be required to put together a final project before the end of your last semester in the program. The project could be a piece of original research or it can also be an expository work on an advanced topic.

What is the typical course load during the first year?

Typically, first year students take three 5000-level core courses each semester plus a one-credit seminar.

What is the typical course load during the second year?

For an MS non-thesis degree, a typical second-year program would include three graduate elective courses (related to the track chosen by the student) plus a research experience course, which can be either a project or an internship. For an MS thesis degree, a typical second-year would include the same requirements listed for the non-thesis option plus an extra course during which students will complete their MS thesis.

Will the classes fit into my schedule?

Professors are available for questions throughout the week but classes are offered fully online, as hybrid, and on weekends.

Is it possible to live on campus?

There are multiple options for on campus housing at WPUNJ.

If I have already done work at another university, can I transfer graduate classes from there?

It is possible to transfer up to three classes at the time of matriculation if they are similar enough in material and rigor to those in our program.

What are the steps to applying?

You will need a personal statement and all transcripts from previous colleges/universities. In addition, you may optionally also send GRE general scores and up to two letters of recommendation. The specific details for how to submit your application can be found here.

Will late applications be considered?

Qualified applicants will still be considered after the deadline and should apply.

Is it possible to begin the program in the spring semester?

The schedule of classes is designed for students to start in the fall, however depending on an individual’s mathematical background, it would certainly be possible. Decisions would be made on a case by case basis after examining the applicant’s previous coursework.