Integrated Applied Mathematics (Ph.D.)

Integrated Applied Mathematics (Ph.D.)

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The Integrated Applied Mathematics (IAM) Ph.D. is a unique applied mathematics program designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research among graduate students and participating faculty. This interdisciplinary program gives students the opportunity to explore the frontier where the sciences meet cutting-edge mathematical analysis and high performance computing. Science topics include Fluid Dynamics, Plasma Physics, Space Physics, Geoscience, and Dynamical Systems.

Admission Requirement

Applicants to the IAM Ph.D. program are expected to have a bachelor's degree in mathematics or an appropriate science or engineering field.


Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the program.

IAM Program
Kingsbury Hall
33 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-1943

Curriculum & Requirements

Required Courses
PHYS 931Mathematical Physics3
IAM 830Graduate Ordinary Differential Equations3
IAM 851Introduction to High-Performance Computing3
IAM 932Graduate Partial Differential Equations3
IAM 933Applied Functional Analysis3
IAM 961Numerical Analysis I: Numerical Linear Algebra3
IAM 962Numerical Partial Differential Equations3
Select a 2-course specialization sequence, for example, one of the following:6-7
MATH 847
IAM 950
Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
and Spatiotemporal and Turbulent Dynamics
PHYS 953
PHYS 951
Magnetohydrodyamics of the Heliosphere
and Plasma Physics
Select a minimum of three technical electives:9
IAM 940
Asymptotic and Perturbation Methods
ME 812
Waves in Fluids
Additional elective as approved by your adviser and program
Total Credits36-37

Candidacy Requirements

Students must pass a three part Ph.D. qualifying exam.

  • Comprehensive exam in mathematical methods
  • Comprehensive exam in numerical analysis and high-performance computing
  • Oral or written exam in specialization area

Students must select a research adviser and have a selected research topic.


Students must present a seminar presentation of thesis proposal to dissertation committee.

Upon completion of research, students must present a seminar on the research.

Students must submit a dissertation that includes original research in integrated applied mathematics.


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (for funding); April 1 (recommended US; final international); July 1 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.


Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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