The Department of Mathematics offers three Master of Science Programs in the areas of applied mathematics, financial mathematics and mathematics education. Learn more about these programs below.
The Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
The graduate program in applied mathematics is interdisciplinary in nature. A plan of study may include up to a four-course concentration in computer science, engineering, or business for students with appropriate backgrounds. The primary objective of the program in applied mathematics is to train students to do professional work in the applications of mathematics. The program provides a background in mathematical, numerical, and statistical analyses and students will gain valuable experience in modeling and computation. Students will have the opportunity to work on a semester or year-long project, the Mathematics Clinic project.
The program strives to offer an individualized plan of study that meets the needs and career goals of the student. This is achieved by offering a core of courses blending analysis, linear algebra, modeling, and numerical analysis in the Department of Mathematics. The student, with departmental approval, will select a four-course concentration of courses. This area of concentration can be outside the Department of Mathematics. The Mathematics Clinic project, the capstone requirement, is a research project in which the student applies mathematical, numerical, or statistical modeling methods to a problem related to the student's four course concentration. The Mathematics Clinic project can be a team project and can involve faculty members from several departments.
The Master of Science in Financial Mathematics
Sophisticated financial tools are now routinely employed in many areas of the corporate world. The curriculum of the financial mathematics program focuses on the development, adaptation and application of computational and statistical financial tools. Graduates of this program will competitively find job opportunities in financial risk management, asset management liability and other areas in the banking, insurance and financial trading industries. This is one of a growing number of Sloan Family Professional Master's of Science (PSM) degree programs, which represents a new direction in graduate-level education in the sciences and mathematics.
The program integrates statistics, computation and modeling with training in the professional domain. It is a collaboration of the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Economics and Finance. Features of the program include a 2-year program for full-time students with a potential for financial support, a 12-month program for qualified full-time students, and evening classes for part-time students. Certificate programs are also offered. The program is multidisciplinary with course offerings in business administration, finance and mathematics. There are workshops on Topics in Business and a required team research capstone project, the Mathematics Clinic.
The Master of Mathematics Education
Due to a demand for Master's programs generated by the State of Ohio's licensure guidelines, the Department of Mathematics began offering the graduate program for a Master of Mathematics Education in Summer Term 2006. UD's program meets all state requirements and has been designed to specifically address issues that are important to high school mathematics educators.
This program offers a solid base in the teaching of mathematics:
- A focus on pedagogical content knowledge - the special knowledge that distinguishes mathematical knowledge from that of mathematicians.
- Development of a stronger mathematics content knowledge, as well as the ability and opportunity to apply this knowledge to the 9-12 grade curriculum.
- Knowledge of research issues and methods in mathematics education.
- Continued growth as leaders in education.
- Emphasis on the latest technological advances - both computer-based and using hand-held graphing calculators.
- Experience "best practices" as modeled by program faculty whose area of expertise is mathematics education.
The program consists of 10 classes, 3 summer credit hours each, that may be completed over the course of three summers with minimal requirements during the school year.