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Applied Mathematics


Applied mathematics programs teach people math theories and systems to solve real-life problems.

Applied mathematics programs include topics such as:

Students may be able to focus on financial mathematics.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in applied mathematics. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in applied mathematics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in applied mathematics. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, depending on your interests, you can take courses in other areas such as:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in applied mathematics typically includes:

Things to Know

Many schools combine applied mathematics and statistics into a single program. Others combine applied mathematics with computational mathematics. Often, programs in applied mathematics are part of engineering departments rather than mathematics.


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