Applied Mathematics (B.S.)/Applied Mathematics (M.S.)

Working across a range of career fields, applied mathematicians solve problems addressing science, engineering, and society.

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Applied mathematics is created in response to problems in science, engineering, and society. As an applied mathematician, you will be able to solve problems across career fields, using a variety of mathematical strategies. For example, constructing methods for multicriteria decision making requires discrete mathematics and statistics. Predicting how the financial markets will behave requires probability/statistics, analysis, and optimization. Analyzing how liquid flows around solids requires expertise in computational methods and analysis. With an applied mathematics background, you will be prepared for careers in insurance, electronics and computer manufacturing, logistics, pharmaceuticals, and more.

Illinois Tech's active learning approach is adept at preparing applied mathematics majors to use their skills to the fullest potential. The active learning approach requires teams of students from across disciplines to work together and solve problems, exposing students to a vast field of study.

Program Overview

With an applied mathematics background, you will be prepared for careers in insurance, electronics and computer manufacturing, logistics, pharmaceuticals, and more.

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Overall employment of mathematicians and statisticians is projected to grow 33 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.” With a master’s degree in applied mathematics, you will leave the program as a problem solver and quantitative professional ready to meet the demands of the workplace head-on.

  • Analysts
  • Forecasters
  • Statisticians
  • Mathematical researchers
  • Mathematical modelers

The program is designed for students who are determined to get an advanced degree in applied mathematics or mathematics. As a result, the math course loads are heavy in most semesters. Students satisfying the following requirements are eligible to apply to the B.S./M.S. combined program:

  1. Have completed four semesters of full-time study in the B.S. program, or have at least 80 credit hours (including transferred credits)
  2. Have an overall GPA of 3.25 or better
  3. Have a GPA of 3.5 or better for math courses

Applications must be accompanied by an official transcript and three letters of recommendation. At least two letters of recommendation are from departmental faculty members.

GRE scores are not required for this Accelerated Master's Program.

Maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better is required to continue the program.