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Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #31 (QS) , IL,
The Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics program of Northwestern University offers advanced courses in applied mathematics that prepare students for a career as a professional mathematician in, for example, industrial environments where specialized PhD training is not required.


The Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics program is designed for students who want a background in basic applied math skills. The core courses cover key material that is beyond the undergraduate level to improve students' skills and form a foundation for a career in applied mathematics. Students typically take four classes per quarter to complete the twelve-course requirement in three quarters. 

The basic classes focus on both analytical and computational methods in applied mathematics. Our computational sequence of courses will give the student the necessary training to move into positions in industry requiring advanced knowledge of computational methods for partial differential methods, stochastic differential equations, and modern methods in parallel computing.

Preference is given to applicants with an undergraduate degree in mathematics, the physical sciences, or engineering. Prospective students should have completed coursework in linear algebra, advanced calculus, and differential equations.

Career paths

Applied mathematics graduates find opportunities in both the private and public sectors. In the private sector, they are in high demand in financial services, scientific and engineering research, software development, and management consulting. In the public sector, they analyze and develop public policy, safeguard digital resources, and process intelligence data.

By training, applied mathematicians are cross-disciplinary, making them adaptable to emerging new industries and technologies. For example, applied mathematics alum Gwynne Shotwell (MS '88), is the current president of the pioneering commercial space company SpaceX.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics
  • Asymptotic and Perturbations Methods in Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
  • Numerical Methods for Random Processes
  • Iterative Methods for Elliptic Equations
  • High Performance Scientific Computing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Submit an application online.
  • Pay an online application fee by credit card.
  • Submit your Statement of Purpose.
  • Upload your transcript or academic record.
  • Submit your test scores (if required by your admitting program).
  • Upload two to three Letters of Recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18689 USD/year
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  • National

    18689 USD/year
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  • In-State

    18689 USD/year
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
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