Mathematics Graduate Programs - College of Engineering & Natural Sciences

Mathematics Graduate Programs


The master’s degree in mathematics is designed to prepare students for careers in practical problem solving and mathematical modeling through collaboration with other professionals such as chemists and materials scientists. These mathematicians work in many areas of business and industry including engineering, defense, research and development and other STEM-related fields.

Active research areas include: boundary integral methods, mathematical biology, optimization problems in reservoir engineering, bioinformatics, numerical solution of differential and partial differential equations, and statistical methods in brain imaging. The university’s internationally reputed program in computer security provides outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

Professional Opportunities

The Master of Science in Applied Mathematics is a professional degree designed to prepare students for work in a variety of areas, including business and industry. Program graduates are proficient in the use of modern analytic and computational tools and have experience in modeling and solving problems of a practical nature.

The doctoral program in mathematics has an interdisciplinary focus providing students with in-depth knowledge in a chosen field of mathematics, opportunities to expand this specialization into other scientific and applied disciplines, and preparation suited for careers in academia, government or the private sector.

Fast Facts

The faculty and graduate students moved into newly remodeled offices in 2016.

The Department of Mathematics graduated its first Ph.D. student in 2017.

In addition to applied mathematics and statistics, current graduate students also pursue interdisciplinary studies and research in such varied fields as mathematical physics, bioinformatics and biomathematics, computer security, neuroimaging and finance. Several students are currently involved in collaborative research projects with neuroscientists at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa.

Advanced TU undergraduate students may apply for admission to the accelerated master’s program prior to their senior year and complete the B.S. and M.S degrees within five years.


Christian Constanda, Ph.D., Romanian Academy of the Sciences, D.Sc., University of Strathclyde, Charles Oliphant Endowed Chair of Mathematical Sciences, Integral Boundary Methods, Partial Differential Equations

Peyton Cook, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Statistics, Bayesian Analysis, Financial Applications

Nicholas Cox-Steib, Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia, Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, Positive Characteristic Methods, Number Theory

Matthew Donahue, Ph.D., Florida State University, Mathematical Biology, Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Modeling

Dale R. Doty, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Numerical Analysis, Numerical PDE’s, Integral Boundary Methods

Brett McKinney, Ph.D., Physics, University of Oklahoma; William K. Warren, Jr., Professor of Bioinformatics; Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, Theoretical Physics

Kevin A. O’Neil, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Vortex Dynamics, Celestial Mechanics, Robotics Control

Shirley B. Pomeranz, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Finite Element Methods, Boundary Element Methods, Numerical Analysis

Richard A. Redner, Ph.D., University of Houston, Optimization Theory, Applications of Splines, Statistics, Data Science

Dale A. Schoenefeld, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Combinatorial Optimization, Computer Graphics, Computer Networks

  • Program Learning Outcomes

    Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

    1. Apply methods of mathematical modeling and problem solving to a variety of applied topics, including computational and analytical methods.
    2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of mathematics and its application at an advanced level.
    3. Communicate mathematical concepts and results effectively in written and oral reports and specialized research projects.
  • Degree Options

    Applied Mathematics, M.S.

    Prepare students for careers in practical problem solving and mathematical modeling through collaboration with other professionals such as chemists and materials scientists.

  • Application Requirements

    To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

    • A completed Graduate School application
    • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
    • Two or three letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential.
    • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
    • GRE General Test results
    • $60 application fee
    • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results
  • Funding Opportunities

    Graduate assistantships are available to highly qualified applicants and include tuition and a monthly stipend. Highly qualified students may apply for the Parriott and Woobank Graduate Fellowships through the Graduate School. For more information on applying for these opportunities, visit the Graduate School website.