The Professional Science Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics prepares students for careers in industry and provides additional expertise for working professionals. The program is designed to meet the objectives of a Professional Science Master’s degree program (http://www.sciencemasters.com/). Students pursue advanced theory and techniques in applied mathematics while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. All courses focus on applying mathematics to real-world problems. The degree requires an internship to give students practical experience in applying their knowledge.
Graduate students have opportunities to engage in research and help the department in a variety of ways. Assistantships providing tuition and a stipend are available.
Students must meet SOU admission criteria (http://www.sou.edu/admissions/graduate/) and then be approved by the department for admission to the graduate program. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The department evaluates applications on based on the following:
1. undergraduate GPA in mathematics courses (and see below);
2. GRE general test scores;
3. three letters of recommendation;
4. an essay statement of objectives; and
5. an interview.
Note: Students for whom English is not their native language will also be required to pass an English proficiency exam (TOEFL) with a sufficiently high score to gain admittance.
Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines are welcome. The following course work (or its equivalent) with a grade of B or better must be completed in order to gain full admittance to the program:
1. Single Variable Calculus (MTH 251 , MTH 252 , and MTH 253 )
2. Linear Algebra (MTH 261 )
3. Multivariable Calculus (MTH 281 )
4. Differential Equations (MTH 321 )
5. Calculus-based Probability (MTH 361 )
Students without these prerequisites may still apply for graduate admission and can be admitted as a post-baccalaureate student. If accepted, these students are guaranteed full admittance to the graduate program after successful completion of the prerequisites.