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Applied and Computational Math

UMD Graduate School

Program Overview

The Applied and Computational Math program places emphasis on theory within the discipline and the distinction between theory and practice. The program seeks to develop critical and professional thinking, as well as intuition, allowing students to acquire a broad understanding of their field. Degree requirements are flexible to permit the designing of a program of study tailored to each student’s interests.

Admission and Application Requirements

  • Scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination
  • Letters of recommendation from three people familiar with your education and/or professional background
  • Applicants whose native language is not English should submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The operational standard for admission to the Graduate School is a score of at least 79 on the internet-based TOEFL with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading

Degree Requirements

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics requires that each candidate complete a minimum of 35 approved credits with a combined grade point average for these credits of 2.8 or higher. At least 25 of these credits must be under MATH or STAT designator (including MATH 8777 Thesis credits or MATH 8994 Directed Research credits). At least 14 of these (not including MATH 8777 Thesis credits or MATH 8994 Directed Research credits) must be under the MATH designation. At least 6 credits must be taken outside the major.

Learn more about Applied and Computational Math degree requirements.

Deadlines and Dates

Application deadlines:
Fall semester: May 20
Spring semester: November 1

Financial Aid

Graduate students enrolled in the Applied and Computational Mathematics program are eligible for teaching and research assistantships in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Please see above for application deadlines. Applications for financial aid (TA positions) for fall semester are due February 15. For spring semester the deadline is November 1. However, there are usually a very limited number of GTA positions available in the spring so it is recommended that applications for financial aid be submitted as soon as possible.

Graduate teaching assistantships are typically appointed at the 50% level (approximately 20 hours of teaching-related duties a week). The current salary for a typical half-time level is over $13,000 for 9 months. In addition, teaching assistants at the half-time level receive a full waiver of tuition and health insurance benefits.

Each year the Graduate School awards a small number of fellowships to new students who will enter the University’s graduate program the following fall semester. These one-year fellowships provide a stipend plus tuition for the academic year. Candidates are nominated by the faculty in February.

Learn more about financial aid here.

Areas of Specialization

The research interests of the department and its graduate faculty members reflect the diversity of applications of mathematical and statistical techniques. Interdisciplinary research projects have included:

  • UMD Natural Resources Research Institute
  • UMD Large Lakes Observatory
  • Regional Natural Resource Industries
  • Regional Health Care Units

Learn more about the interdisciplinary research projects.

Contact Information



Director of Graduate Studies: Dalibor Froncek,, 218.726.7958

Director of Graduate Studies Assistant: Pamela Arola,, 218-726-8747

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