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Department of Applied Mathematics

Boulder, CO


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University of Colorado Boulder


Master of Science in Applied Math at the University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and is globally recognized for its world-class research and a faculty that includes numerous Nobel Prize laureates.

Master of Science (MS) in Applied Math program overview

The University of Colorado, Boulder's Professional Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics is designed to give students the technical knowledge and professional skills to be highly successful in careers related to data science, statistics, applied mathematics and engineering. As a part of the 14th among Applied Mathematics graduate programs, students engage in a hands-on, experiential education, with opportunities for networking with campus faculty and off-campus professionals.

The Department of Applied Mathematics is one of the leading departments of applied mathematics in the world. In fact, in a recent National Research Ranking, the department was ranked amongst the top ten in many measures.

Focus areas, certificates, and dual degrees

Students in the program will have the option to specialize in Statistics and Data Science or customize their own educational plan. The Statistics and Data Science specialization enables students to develop the foundational tools needed to analyze and interpret data, including complex and high dimensional datasets.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in the department's Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA). Here, students will gain valuable collaboration skills and foster relationships with faculty and industry professionals. Students not wishing to specialize in Statistics and Data Science can forge their own path with a customized educational track that capitalizes on the Applied Mathematics Department's numerous strengths including computational mathematics, dynamical systems, nonlinear sciences, physical applied mathematics, statistics, and applied probability.

Applied Math Curriculum

The MS degree program must be completed within four years of the date coursework began. Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours. At least 18 credit hours must be from APP M/STAT at the 5000+ level. Students must complete a Culminating Experience (CE), such as a
substantial data analysis project, internship or thesis.

Students will have the option to specialize in statistics and data science. This specialization is meant to give students the foundational tools for analyzing data, including complex and high-dimensional data sets. Students are also able to build a customized specialization based on their own interests.

World-class faculty

CU Boulder faculty have both academic and industrial experience. Many are fellows of professional societies, including the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, and the American Physical Society.

The faculty have won numerous awards including: four being named fellows of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, two being named fellows of the American Mathematical Society, two being named fellows of the American Physical Society, two Guggenheim Fellows, American Statistical Association Fellow, Sloan Fellow, and CU-Boulder: Hazel Barnes Prize, Professor of Distinction, winners of numerous CU-Boulder faculty awards, and two distinguished research lecturers.

Financial assistance

CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for professional master's graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.


"I love being able to study high level mathematics, work on machine learning projects and look at research questions in statistics all in one day."

Greg Benton, Current Student

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 21
Doctoral Degrees 4

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 15th Not reported No
Spring deadline December 15th Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 15
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 6.82%
Black or African American Not Reported
White or Caucasian 61%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 1.14%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 3.41%
Unknown 9.09%


Male (72%)
Female (27%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 21
Part-time - 0
Male (19)
Female (2)


Focus of faculty research: Applied mathematics; wave equations; nonlinear dynamics; numerical analysis; stochastic processes
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address Boulder, CO  80309
United States

Phone: 303-492-1411