Applied Mathematics Master's Degree

Applied Mathematics

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Master's Degree
Total Credits
Fully Online
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Minimum GPA
Qualifying Exam
GRE Required

Applied mathematics is the language of science, engineering, and fields beyond. Just as English is spoken by more non-native speakers than by native, mathematics is used daily by more non-mathematicians than by mathematicians. A Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics is an ideal career complement to nearly any practicing or aspiring researcher in quantitative domains. This has always included the physical sciences and has in the past decades increasingly included the biological and social sciences, as well. With the advent of commodity high-performance computing, applied mathematics has transcended its traditional analytical style and assumes an even greater importance and vitality in the realm of simulation.

Compared with the pure mathematician, the applied mathematician is more interested in problems driven by external fields. Compared with the engineer or scientist, she is more concerned with the formulation of problems (modeling) and the nature of solutions in the abstract. Compared with the computer scientist, he is more concerned with the tradeoff of accuracy against complexity and the interpretation of results. The work of members of all these groups often overlaps, and applied mathematics is smack in the active middle. As such, it naturally offers a degree with flexible elective requirements.

CVN provided me the flexibility to obtain an MS in Applied Math even though I relocated from the United States to Mexico. Columbia Video Network gave me the opportunity to learn more, be a student, work, get married, and even have a baby! I could not have done it without this program!
Maria del Mar Torreblanca, UBS

Admissions Requirements

Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science or other related field (subject to the approval of the Applied Mathematics Program) from an accredited academic institution. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate record to be competitive for admission. 

GPA required: Minimum of 3.0 

GRE requirements: General test required 

Other application requirements: 3 recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, and a personal-professional statement are required. TOEFL test scores are required of all students who received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. All application requirements in the Graduate Application must be completed as specified in the application. 

Students must complete all core courses and selected electives for a total of 30 graduate points of academic work via CVN with an academic average of 2.5 or better. All degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of the beginning of the first course credited toward the degree. This includes courses taken in the non-degree program.


Students must complete all core courses (described below) and selected electives (described below) for a total of 30 graduate points of academic work via CVN with an academic average of 2.5 or better. 


Course List

Core Courses:

The core courses provide a student with a foundation in the fundamentals of Applied Mathematics. The core courses contribute 15 points of graduate credit toward the degree. Students must complete at least five of the following nine classes:

  • APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Mathematics
  • APMA E4101: Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
  • APMA E4150: Applied Functional Analysis
  • APMA E4200: Partial Differential Equations
  • APMA E4204: Functions of a Complex Variable
  • APMA E4300: Numerical Methods
  • APMA E4301: Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • APMA E6301: Analytic Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • APMA E6302: Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations

Elective Courses:

A student must select five elective courses from those listed above or below for a total of 15 points of graduate credit. All of the courses shown are currently available through CVN. These courses allow the student to pick subjects from a variety of areas to complement the core program. Additional courses not listed below can be applicable towards the elective requirements, subject to the approval of the faculty advisor.

Computer Science Elective Courses:

  • CSOR W4231: Analysis of Algorithms, I
  • COMS W4236: Introduction to Computational Complexity
  • COMS W4241: Numerical Algorithms and Complexity
  • COMS W4252: Computational Learning Theory

Industrial Engineering/Operations Research Elective Courses:

  • IEOR E4003: Corporate Finance for Engineers
  • IEOR E4004: Optimization Models and Methods
  • IEOR E4007: Optimization Models and Methods (FE)
  • IEOR E4106: Stochastic Models
  • SIEO W4150: Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • IEOR E4403: Quantitative Corporate Finance
  • IEOR E4407: Game Theoretic Models of Operations
  • IEOR E4700: Introduction to Financial Engineering

Other Elective Courses (Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering):

  • MECE E4100: Mechanics of Fluids
  • MSAE E4215: Mechanical Behavior of Structural Materials
  • EEME E6601: Introduction to Control Theory

Tuition & Fees

2017 - 2018 Tuition & Fees

Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.

CVN Credit Tuition: $1,936 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee

CVN Audit Tuition: $834 per point (Credit Hour)
Graduate Admission Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course

Certification Program Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee

Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees

For example: A three credit course would be $5,808 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $6,308


Payment should be mailed to:

Columbia Video Network
540 S.W. MUDD Building, MC4719
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

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