MS in Applied Mathematics

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The mathematics graduate program at WPUNJ offers courses of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics.  It is designed to properly prepare students with a strong background and interest in mathematics for careers in fields such as scientific research and development, data analytics, operations research, and financial analysis.  It will also better prepare students who wish to go on to further study at the doctoral level.

Students in the program are expected to complete 18 credits of common courses, and then complete 9 credits from elective courses in one of the two tracks: applied statistics or discrete mathematics. Students in both tracks are required to take a 1 credit graduate seminar and then conduct either a 2 credit graduate research project or internship, or a 5 credit thesis as part of their study.

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Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts of undergraduate coursework showing evidence of completion of at least fifteen credit hours of mathematics and/or statistics courses. 
  • A one to two page personal statement stating why you are interested in pursuing a Master's degree in Mathematics at William Paterson University.  
  • TOEFL scores are required for non-native English speakers. Minimum scores of 500/170/60 for paper/computer/internet versions.  

Recommended but not required:

  • GRE General Test scores. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors or others familiar with your level of preparation for graduate study in mathematics.  Letters should contain current contact information including e-mail addresses.

Program Diversity

William Paterson University maintains a campus culture that welcomes diversity of personal circumstances and experiences, and prepares students to become effective citizens in an increasingly diverse and interdependent pluralistic society. The mathematics department has a diverse faculty that reflects the true demographics of the university community and we welcome applications to our graduate program from all students, particularly from groups that are underrepresented in the STEM fields. We are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive learning environment to all our students to succeed in their studies and go into advanced professional careers or pursue further study at a doctoral level.

Application Deadline

August 1st: Fall semester
May 1st: Summer semester
December 1st: Spring semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)

Contact Us

Professor David Nacin
Program Director, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Department of Mathematical Sciences