M.S. in Applied Mathematics



Program Description

The Department of Mathematics offers a strong graduate program leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Mathematics. Specific areas of study currently available include probability and statistics, differential equations, applied analysis, algebra, and coding theory. For more information on this graduate program, please contact the department's Graduate Chair.

Admission Requirements

The admission criteria include but are NOT limited to the following requirements. Any decision regarding admission is made by the Graduate Committee on an individual basis, after taking into consideration the application material and supporting documents.

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree in mathematics (or in some other field, with extensive course work in mathematics), including a course in analysis comparable to the UCCS course MATH 3410.
  • Must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0, as well as a GPA of at least 3.0 in mathematics courses.
  • Must submit GRE General Test scores, from the most recent test, taken within the last 2 years. A percentile of 80 or higher is recommended on the Quantitative Reasoning portion.
  • International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and submit additional documentation, as specified on the Applications page.

Under special circumstances students may be admitted with a lower GPA or without a course in analysis, as provisional degree students.

See also the admission requirements of the Graduate School

Please visit the Applications page to apply.

Graduate Teaching Fellowships

Degree Requirements

  • A 3.0 grade point average in coursework applied towards the degree.
  • Modern Analysis I (MATH 4310) plus at least 27 semester hours of approved graduate work, including Linear Algebra (MATH 5130) and Modern Analysis II (MATH 5320). All students must pass a comprehensive examination in Modern Analysis.
  • Students must complete Linear Algebra (MATH 5130) and the Analysis sequence (MATH 4310 and MATH 5320) in their first year of admission, and attempt the comprehensive exam in Analysis offered in the Summer.
  • A student may complete up to 9 hours of appropriate graduate course work in departments other than the Department of Mathematics, as part of the “tracks” program. Such courses MUST be pre-approved by the Graduate Chair.
  • Students may select a thesis or non-thesis option. Students in the thesis option will replace 6 hours of graduate-level courses with a Master’s thesis.
  • All students make an oral presentation regarding some aspect of advanced mathematics. For students pursuing the thesis option, the thesis defense will qualify as such a presentation.

The department Graduate Committee must approve exceptions to these requirements.

Comprehensive Exams

Additional information and exams from prior years can be found the M.S. Comprehensive Exams page.

Miscellaneous Information

  • Generally, up to 9 semester hours of graduate level mathematics courses completed prior to admission to the program may be applied towards the credit requirements of the M.S. in Applied Mathematics degree.
  • The MATH 4310 requirement may be waived on a case-by-case basis only for UCCS students who completed MATH 4310 with a grade of B or higher within one year before admission to the program, and for students in the Accelerated Master's Program. If a waiver is approved by the Graduate Chair, then MATH 4310 shall be replaced by 3 semester hours of approved graduate work.
  • For a complete description of all courses taught by the mathematics department, as well as for a complete description of the requirements for the degree M.S. in Applied Mathematics, see the UCCS Course Catalog.

M.S. Tracks

Students can tailor their own curriculum within the M.S. program, by choosing one of the following four tracks: Ph.D. Preparation, Applied/Computational, Education, or Business. However, it is not mandatory to adhere to any particular track.

Each track requires the following three courses.

  • MATH 4310 - Modern Analysis I
  • MATH 5130 - Linear Algebra
  • MATH 5320 - Modern Analysis II

Specific information for each track can be found below.

Ph.D. Preparation Track
Applied and Computational Mathematics Track
Education Track
Business and Management Track