Graduate Study / Master's DegreeCurriculum & Requirements
The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined on The Graduate School website. These requirements can generally lead to a master’s degree after three quarters of study. Additional information is available in the ESAM department's MS student handbook.
To see a list of coursework requirements for the master of science in engineering sciences and applied mathematics, please see the department’s MS student handbook.
Other MS Degree Requirements
Satisfactory progress in the program is determined by department review of course grades and faculty recommendations. The Graduate School requires all students to maintain at least a B average.
The MS curriculum includes courses that provide a foundation for applied mathematics. Students typically take four classes per quarter to complete the 12-course requirement in three quarters. The following list of courses is not inclusive because new courses based on emerging fields are continually being developed. Special topic courses are offered every year. For more detailed information about the applied math courses taught at Northwestern, view ESAM's course catalog.
Graduate Core Courses
- 411-1,2 Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics
- 420-1 Asymptotic and Perturbations Methods in Applied Mathematics
- 446-1 Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
- 448 Numerical Methods for Random Processes
Elective Numerical Methods Courses
Elective Asymptotic Methods Courses
- 420-2,3 Asymptotic and Perturbation Methods in Applied Mathematics
- 412-1 Methods of Nonlinear Analysis
Elective Modeling Courses
- 401 Options Pricing: Theory and Applications
- 421-1,2,3 Models in Applied Mathematics
- 426 Theory of Flows with Small Inertia
- 429-1 Hydrodynamic Stability Theory
- 430-1 Wave Propagation
Elective Analysis Methods Courses
- 311-1,2,3 Methods of Applied Mathematics
- 411-3 Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics
- 438-1 Interdisciplinary Nonlinear Dynamics
- 440 Integral Equations and Applications
- 442-1 Stochastic Differential Equations
In addition to these courses, special topic courses, listed as 495, are offered every year. Also, a wide variety of courses in other science and engineering departments may be used for electives.