Applied Mathematics (M.S.)

Applied Mathematics (M.S.)

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Why get an M.S. in applied mathematics?

Applied mathematics is a thriving field in which advanced mathematical and computational methods are brought to bear on complex problems from science, engineering, industry and society. A master’s degree in applied mathematics combines graduate-level coursework in applied mathematical methods and application areas with hands-on research under the guidance of a faculty adviser, culminating in either a master's thesis or a master's project.

Why choose UNH’s applied mathematics program?

The UNH Master of Science in applied mathematics provides focused training in applied mathematics and an application area to give you a graduate-level education and research experience in a shorter timeframe than a Ph.D. Our faculty have expertise in a wide variety of applied math topics and application areas, including numerical methods, fluid dynamics, signal processing, dynamical systems and aerodynamics.

Potential career areas 

  • Aerospace 
  • Big Data 
  • Communications 
  • Data science 
  • Energy 
  • Government 
  • Insurance 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Numerical analysis 
  • Quantitative research 
  • Systems engineering


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Curriculum & Requirements

The MS in Applied Mathematics provides a broad introduction to modern applied mathematics and the opportunity to apply the curriculum in a wide range of application areas.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed significant coursework in pure or applied mathematics, preferably including numerical analysis, differential equations, real analysis, and complex analysis.


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


This program requires 30 credit hours.

MATH 931Mathematical Physics3
IAM 933Applied Functional Analysis3
Select an approved two-course sequence in applied mathematics, such as:6
IAM 961
IAM 962
Numerical Analysis I: Numerical Linear Algebra
and Numerical Partial Differential Equations
Select one of the following:18
Thesis Option:
MATH 899
Master's Thesis (6 credits)
Four elective courses, selected with your adviser
Project Option:
MATH 898
Master's Project (3 credits)
Five elective courses, selected with your adviser
Total Credits30

The elective courses need not be in mathematics, but must be at the 800 level or higher, and at least one must be a technical course in statistics or some other department. The broad elective flexibility allows the student's application interests to have a substantial role in the content of the program.

The student's full program plan must be proposed in writing to the applied mathematics faculty and approved prior to the student's second semester of study. There is no comprehensive examination in this option.

  • Students possess advanced competence in three basic branches of mathematics -- topology, algebra and analysis -- comprising both content knowledge and the ability to reason with and communicate such knowledge.
  • Students possess significant exposure to graduate level content in the broader mathematical sciences.
  • Students possess significant depth of graduate-level knowledge in some area(s) of 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: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

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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