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Degrees for Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics Programs

As well as the Master of Science and Ph.D. programs in Applied Mathematics, the Applied Mathematics Department offers individually tailored minor programs for many of the school's doctoral students. The majority of the department instructional—effort is devoted to the service courses offered.

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

In order to enter a program leading to the degree Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, the prospective student is strongly advised to posses either a Bachelor degree with a major in mathematics or a strong mathematical orientation in a Bachelor degree in another discipline.

Any program that leads to the degree Master of Science in Applied Mathematics for a student who has met the entrance criteria must contain a minimum of 32 quarter-hours of graduate-level (3000-4000 numbered) courses with a minimum QPR of 3.0. The program specifications must be approved by the Chairman of the Department of Applied Mathematics and the Academic Associate. The program is subject to the general conditions specified in the Academic Council Policy Manual as well as the following:

1. 2. The program must include at least 16 hours in 3000-level mathematics courses and 16 hours of approved 4000-level mathematics courses. 3. 4.
1. A student must complete or validate the four 1000 level calculus sequence and the introductory courses in linear algebra and discrete mathematics.
2. The program must include at least 16 hours in 3000-level mathematics courses and 16 hours of approved 4000-level mathematics courses.
3. Courses in Ordinary Differential Equations, Real Analysis, and upper division Discrete Mathematics are specifically required, and those at the 3000 level or above may be applied toward requirement (2)
4. An acceptable thesis is required. The Department of Applied Mathematics permits any student pursuing a dual degree to write a single thesis meeting the requirements of both departments, subject to the approval of the Chairmen and Academic Associates of both departments.

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics

The Department of Applied Mathematics offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics degree. Areas of specialization will be determined by the department on a case by case basis. Requirements for the degree include course work followed by an examination in both major and minor fields of study, and research culminating in an approved dissertation. It may be possible for the dissertation research to be conducted off-campus in the candidate's sponsoring organization.

Entrance into the program will ordinarily require a master's degree, although exceptionally well-prepared students with a bachelor's degree in mathematics may be admitted. A preliminary examination may be required to show evidence of acceptability as a doctoral student. Prospective students should contact the Chairman of the Applied Mathematics Department or the Academic Associate for further guidance.

NPS Academic Council Approved Certificate Program (Curriculum number 280 - Mathematics of Secure Communication)

The Mathematics of Secure Communication certificate program comprises four courses (MA3025, MA3560, MA4560, and MA4570), designated below by an asterisk. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment, in keeping with standard practices of the Naval Postgraduate School. The purpose of this program is to provide mathematics education to naval officers and DoD civilians in the broad area of Cryptography and Secure Communications.

Entrance into the program will ordinarily require a master's degree, although exceptionally well-prepared students with a bachelor's degree in mathematics may be admitted. A preliminary examination may be required to show evidence of acceptability as a doctoral student. Prospective students should contact the Chairman of the Applied Mathematics Department or the Academic Associate for further guidance.



Prerequisites

Prerequisites are as described in the course descriptions. If a student has not taken the prescribed prerequisites at NPS, then a validation examination by the Applied Mathematics Department may be substituted.

Generally speaking, credit for courses given in sequences will not be available to every student. Credit will be given for only one of a pair of equivalent courses.