Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics offers programs leading to the master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Special strengths in applied mathematics and statistics include computational fluid dynamics, operations research, applied statistics, numerical analysis, and bioinformatics. All students receive a broad range of basic and advanced training in mathematics and applied mathematics.

The Ph.D. program consists of an individually designed selection of advanced courses followed by a program of research leading to a dissertation. Students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination and an oral preliminary examination.

The master's degree program focuses on specific mathematical sciences skills needed for a career as a teacher or an industrial mathematician.

All students receive personal attention and advising at all levels. There are numerous seminars and colloquia, featuring both distinguished guest speakers and Stony Brook faculty members. These present both accelerated background knowledge and ongoing research. The Department has close ties and joint activities with many units on campus, including the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Harriman College of Management, and the Computer Science Department as well as nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Research Facilities

The Department is housed in the Mathematics Building. Each graduate student shares an office with at least one other student. The mathematics-physics library, located in an adjoining building, contains 50,000 books and subscribes to about 500 journals. The Laboratory for Parallel Computing has a custom-built 340 processor Galaxy parallel supercomputer, about one teraflops. The Department has over 300 Windows-based PCs, which are supported by over 50 Linux/UNIX servers on a fully switched 100M/bs network. There is a computer on every student's desk.

Student Group

The number of full-time graduate students in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics is about 140. The Department awards about fifteen Ph.D. degrees and thirty M.S. degrees annually. In spring 2007, the Department had 160 students, of whom 93 percent were full-time, 35 percent were master's, and 65 percent were doctoral students; 45 percent were women.

Student Outcomes

Recent graduates have found positions as faculty members and postdoctoral fellows in academia, financial and risk analysts in the financial sector, biostatisticians in medical and research centers, research scientists in industrial and national laboratories, and actuaries in insurance companies. Their places of employment include Harvard University; New York University's Courant Institute; Rutgers University; Franklin and Marshall College; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; University of Notre Dame; Arizona State University; University of California, Irvine; Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals; M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Bell Labs; IBM Watson Research Center; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chase Manhattan Bank; Bear, Stearns & Co.; American Express; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Location & Contact

Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Joseph Mitchell


Phone: 631-632-8366
Fax: 631-632-8490

Christine Rota


Phone: 631-632-8360
Fax: 631-632-8490

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Applied Mathematics Advanced Certificate
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 64
    • Doctoral Degrees 26
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 2
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 543
    • Accepted 215
    • Acceptance Rate 79
    • Enrolled 77
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students291
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students291
    • Part-time Percentage8%
    • Full-time Percentage92%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian47%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian34%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty26
    • Full-time Percentage92%
    • Part-time Percentage8%
    • Female Percentage19%
    • Male Percentage81%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBiostatistics, combinatorial analysis, differential equations, modeling
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$2,484,002