What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Mathematics with option in Applied Mathematics program trains students in applied math methods with strong emphasis on computational skills. The degree is granted to students who complete 30 units of course work and either pass two comprehensive examinations or fulfill the thesis/project requirement. Typically, the degree is obtained in five semesters.

Upon completion of the program, students seek jobs in industry, government, or academia. Some of the graduates continue on for a Ph.D. in other universities.

There are ten full-time faculty members who teach courses in this program. The course titles are:

Introduction to Numerical Analysis
Intermediate Numerical Analysis
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
Fourier Analysis
Mathematics of Financial Derivatives
Mathematical Modeling
Mathematical Optimization
Finite Element Method
Matrix Method in Data Analysis and Pattern Recognition
Applied Analysis
Applied Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations
Advanced Scientific Computing
Stochastic Calculus and Applications
Calculus of Variations
Numerical Analysis
Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
Numerical Linear Algebra
Advanced Mathematical Modeling

Degree Plan

Graduate students have the following options:

Thesis Option
Comprehensive Exams Option

Thesis Option

For the Thesis Option you need your thesis proposal to be approved by Applied Math Committee using the following procedure:

Find your thesis advisor amongst Applied Math faculty
Compile your thesis proposal that includes:

Committee (three faculty members including your thesis advisor and at least one additional applied math faculty member)

Schedule your thesis proposal presentation (15 minutes) with the Applied Math Committee. If you already have made some progress, you may include it in your presentation. Your presentation must include:

Objective: formulate your thesis problem in rigorous mathematical terms and state your goals.
Methodologies: state mathematical methods that you will be implementing/analyzing in order to achieve your objective.

Submit your approved thesis proposal along with your graduate progress report and file your advancement with grad advisor.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Study options

Full Time (5 semesters)

Tuition fees
US$15,408.00 per year
Start date

20 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Hall of Science (HSCI) building, Room 160,

California State University, Long Beach,



90840, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degrees.

For international students

A bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics, or engineering, or a bachelor's degree with at least 24 upper division units in mathematics from an accredited college or university.

A grade of “C” or better

Deficiencies will be determined by the Graduate Advisor.

MATH 247 - Introduction to Linear Algebra (3 units)
MATH 323 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis (4 units)
MATH 361A - Introduction to Mathematical Analysis I (3 units)
MATH 361B - Introduction to Mathematical Analysis II (3 units)
MATH 364A - Ordinary Differential Equations I (3 units)
MATH 380 - Probability and Statistics (3 units)
or their equivalents

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based 550; Internet-based (iBT) 80

IELTS 6.0 each sub-section

Pearson Test of English 58

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.