Find out more about University of Washington

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

Program Details

The online MS in Applied Mathematics degree program from the University of Washington offers students a thorough grounding in mathematical methods that underlie the physical, engineering, and biological sciences. The curriculum covers:

  • Mathematical Methods: applied analysis, asymptotics, dynamics, optimization
  • Numerical Analysis & Scientific Computing
  • Climate Modeling: atmospheric dynamics, global warming
  • Mathematical Biology: biochemistry, ecology, neuroscience
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Nonlinear Waves & Coherent Structures: lasers, nonlinear optics, water waves 


  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics, applied mathematics, or another branch of science or engineering from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher over the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) of undergraduate work
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Have completed coursework in calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and numerical analysis or scientific computing
  • Have the ability to program in Matlab, C, C++, Python, Fortran, or a similar scientific computing language
  • Have completed the following courses or their equivalents before applying to the program: 
    • AMATH 301: Beginning Scientific Computing
    • AMATH 351: Introduction to Differential Equations & Applications
    • AMATH 352: Applied Linear Algebra & Numerical Analysis 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities