Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The next generation of leaders in mathematical and statistical science is being driven by increasingly complex global technology and challenges. The Mines Applied Mathematics and Statistics program is at the forefront of research being used to investigate and find solutions to these important questions. The growing need for mathematicians and statisticians is only expected to increase (up 24 percent from 2011 to 2024) and Mines will both prepare you for a rewarding career in a number of fields and support you post-graduation in your job search.

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Faculty engaged
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of research

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$88,500 average
starting salary
(master’s)

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Mean number of
years to earn
master’s degree is 1.5 

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Requirements and Costs

 Master’s Thesis

  • A bachelor’s degree with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation required, one of which much be from Mines faculty member that has agreed to serve as your thesis advisor. If the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree is from our department, only the letter from the thesis advisor is required.
  • GRE scores are required for all applicants from outside of Mines. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry.
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your academic, professional, and personal goals and describe how you will contribute to our graduate program.
  • Resume/CV
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab

Master’s Non-Thesis

  • A bachelor’s degree with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation required. If the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree is from our department, the letters of recommendation requirement is waived.
  • GRE scores are required for all applicants from outside Mines. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within the five years of the date of entry.
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your academic, professional, and personal goals and describe how you will contribute to our graduate program.
  • Resume/CV
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab

Doctorate

  • A bachelor’s degree with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation required.
  • GRE scores are required for all applicants from outside of Mines. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores. Mines accepts GRE scores from tests taken within five years of the date of entry.
  • Statement of purpose letter: present your academic, professional, and personal goals and describe how you will contribute to our graduate program.
  • Resume/CV
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab

FOR ALL APPLICANTS 

Successful applicants are generally expected to have completed the Calculus sequence, an introductory computer programming language course (featuring C, C++, Java, Python, or Matlab), and the following mathematics courses: Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, and either Advanced Calculus/Mathematical Analysis or Introduction to Proofs. Completion of advanced mathematical coursework in Partial Differential Equations, Complex Analysis, Mathematical Modeling, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Statistics, Numerical Analysis, or Scientific Computing is also preferred. As the graduate program is quite interdisciplinary, however, AMS also encourages applicants from other backgrounds including students with undergraduate degrees in Physics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, and Chemical Engineering, among others. 

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*Due to Covid-19, students applying for master’s non-thesis and certificate programs for spring 2021 and fall 2021 are not required to submit GRE scores.

 DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least 24 of these hours must be thesis hours. Doctoral students must pass the comprehensive examination (a qualifying examination and thesis proposal), complete a satisfactory thesis, and successfully defend their thesis

MASTER’s Thesis

  • 30 credit hours of acceptable coursework and research (6 of the 30 credit hours must be designated for supervised research)
  • Completion of a satisfactory thesis, and
  • Successful oral defense of this thesis

Master’s Non-Thesis

  • 30 credit hours of coursework

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 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State Student
Tuition**$16,650$37,350
Fees*$2,412$2,412
Room & Board$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800
Transportation$1,300$1,300
Total$40,362$61,062
**Cost per credit hour$925$2,075

*Allowance for fees based on mandatory fees charged to all students. Does not include fees for orientation, library, yearbook, refrigerator rental, voice messaging, etc.

At less than 4.5 credit hours, you may be ineligible for financial aid.

Career Outcomes

  • Data scientist
  • Mathematician
  • Computational scientist
  • Financial analyst
  • Statistician
  • Computer programmer
  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Systems biologist
  • Computational biologist
  • Mathematical modeler
  • Hitachi
  • Google
  • Raytheon
  • Oppenheimer Funds
  • NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
  • USGS (United States Geological Survey)
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Sandia National Laboratory
  • Ball Aerospace
  • IBM
  • Solea
  • Caci
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Degree Options

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  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Master’s Thesis & Non-Thesis

  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics 

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