Mathematics – Applied Mathematics

Program Contacts

Fred Hickling, PhD: Department Chair (interim)
Telephone: (501) 450-5666 | Email:

Danny Arrigo, PhD: Graduate Program Coordinator
Telephone: (501) 450-3147 | Email:

[1] Introduction

The Master of Science (MS) program in applied mathematics features mathematics courses developed to prepare candidates for working in business or government agencies, or pursuing further graduate studies. By applying techniques taught in these courses to business, engineering, planning and other areas, significant problems can be studied using analytic, statistical, and numerical methods. To graduate, candidates must pass two comprehensive exams in their last semester. For those candidates considering more advanced graduate studies, a thesis option is available in lieu of comprehensive exams to expose candidates to research methods in applied mathematics.

[2] Program Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the MS degree program in applied mathematics one must have

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  2. Adequate preparation in mathematics;
  3. At least a 2.70 GPA; and
  4. Achieve satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam.

[3] Degree Requirements

All MS Graduate Students: Courses must include a minimum of 18 hours at the 6000-level and these Core Courses:

MATH 6342 Mathematical Modeling

MATH 6345 Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations

MATH 6348 Numerical Analysis

The remaining hours may include other courses at the 5000-level with the approval of student’s advisory committee. A candidate can choose one of the two options: Thesis option or Non-Thesis option. The candidate will select the option when the Petition for Candidacy is submitted. A candidate can change his or her option, but will be allowed no more than one change of option.

Thesis option: For the thesis option, a candidate must earn 30 hours. The thesis option requires a minimum of 24 hours of course work and a minimum of 6 thesis hours. The candidate will select a thesis advisor at the time the Petition for Candidacy is submitted. If a candidate who has selected the thesis option wishes to change to the non-thesis option, no credit will be granted for thesis courses.

Non-Thesis option: For the non-thesis option, a candidate must earn 33 hours. All non-thesis option candidates for the MS degree are required to pass two comprehensive examinations in courses selected from their program of study. A non-thesis option candidate will be allowed at most two attempts at passing the comprehensive examination. If unsuccessful on the first attempt, the candidate will have to wait four months before taking it again.

Elective Courses for MS Graduate Students

MATH 5305 Ordinary Differential Equations II

MATH 5306 Modeling and Simulation

MATH 5315 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations

MATH 5316 Fundamentals of Applied Mathematics for Fluid Mechanics and Granular Materials

MATH 5330 Mathematical Modeling in Biology

MATH 5335 Geometry and Measurement and Their Applications

MATH 5340 Numerical Methods

MATH 5345 College Geometry

MATH 5362 Advanced Calculus I

MATH 5363 Advanced Calculus II

MATH 5371 Introduction to Probability

MATH 5372 Introduction to Statistical Inference

MATH 5373 Regression Analysis

MATH 5374 Introduction to Stochastic Processes

MATH 5375 Introduction To Topology I

MATH 5385 Complex Analysis

MATH 5391 Machine Learning

MATH 5392 Time Series and Forecasting

MATH 6V80 Mathematics Seminar

MATH 6V82 Independent Study in Mathematics

MATH 6V85 Research in Mathematics

MATH 6305 Mathematical Reasoning and Proof

MATH 6307 Advanced Topics for Mathematics Educators

MATH 6310 Advanced Algebra for Mathematics Educators

MATH 6315 Introduction to Number Theory

MATH 6325 Problem Solving and Modeling for Mathematics Educators

MATH 6340 Historical Perspectives of Mathematics

MATH 6350 Advanced Geometry for Mathematics Educators

MATH 6357 Methods for Solving Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

MATH 6365 Feedback Control of Differential Equations

MATH 6370 Advanced Calculus for Mathematics Educators

MATH 6372 Integral Transforms

MATH 6376 Design of Experiments

MATH 6378 Symmetry Analysis of Differential Equations

MATH 6395 Probability and Statistics for Mathematics Educators

[4] Financial Aid

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available for fall/spring. Each assistantship includes a full-tuition scholarship for nine credit hours per semester during the academic year. In addition, there is a stipend of $10,800 for nine months. Summer support for teaching or research is available. Graduate Assistants are expected to enroll in nine credit hours and work 20 hours per week in the department. Applications for the graduate program and assistantships are available at the UCA’s Graduate School website:

[5] Graduate Courses in Mathematics (MATH)

Follow this link for MATH course descriptions: course link.