Courses & Curriculum

Degree Requirements

To earn this degree, students in the online Master of Science in Applied Mathematics program must complete a minimum of 36 quarter credits. The program requirements include:

  • Four core courses (20 credits total)
  • Minimum of 24 credits in applied mathematics
  • Minimum of 9 numerically graded courses, with a GPA of 2.7 or higher in each and an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher

Students are also required to meet all UW Graduate School master's degree requirements.


In addition to applied mathematics courses, you may be able take online elective courses outside the department. These courses must be worth a minimum of three credits, graduate level, numerically graded and mathematically relevant. Check with your adviser before enrolling an elective course to make sure it will count toward your degree.

Completing the Degree

You must finish all program requirements to earn your master's degree – see details below. Students take an average of 42 credits to complete the program.

Students can choose to take this program on a full- or part-time basis. If you opt for the full-time schedule of three courses per quarter, you can typically complete your degree in three quarters. Part-time students usually complete the program within three calendar years and must complete it within six.


The department curriculum includes coverage of the following applied mathematics topics:

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

Course Sequence

Below is a list of all applied mathematics courses offered in this program. You do not need to complete every course listed to earn your degree. Please keep in mind that some courses are not offered every year, as noted below.

Note: Students are required to take four core courses: AMATH 501, 502 and 503 and either 581 or 584.

Students can also complete up to four credits of independent research over two or more quarters by taking AMATH 600.