St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens Campus
The versatile Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied and Computational Mathematics at St. John’s University will prepare you for immediate and lucrative employment in a wide range of high-growth career fields that include data mining, privacy, medical science, climatology, materials science, digital imagery, and finance, just to name a few.
Unlike programs that focus solely on pure mathematics or computer science, this distinctive degree program offers you deep knowledge of theoretical mathematics alongside familiarity with the procedures and algorithms that underlie computation. The program offers a track in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, which will prepare you for careers in this quickly-growing area of science, art, technology, and business.
Through the 33-credit program, you’ll use computer programs to solve real-world mathematical problems. You’ll develop and analyze mathematical models of physical and biological phenomena and engineering systems, interpret the solutions of these problems in the context of what they model, and use the results to identify relationships, patterns, and the effects of altering one or more variables or modeling assumptions.
Courses covering such topics as software systems, computer algorithms, machine learning, formal language theories, and database management systems will provide you with the research, analytical, and communication skills to succeed in any career path you choose. Thanks to our small class sizes, you’ll receive individual attention from faculty to guide your research and help you make career connections. Full-time students can complete the degree in two years, with classes scheduled to accommodate working professionals.
Please see a list of our Mathematics and Computer Science faculty.
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The M.A. requires successful completion of 33 credits of coursework chosen from among the following three-credit courses, along with a comprehensive examination. You may also elect the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
You can find more information about admission to this master’s program on the Graduate Admissions page.
International applicants may find more information on our International Admission and International Students and Scholars pages.
Office of Graduate Admission
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences offers a limited number of academic graduate assistantship positions each year on a highly competitive basis. These positions provide tuition remission and a stipend and involve assisting faculty with their research. Non-academic graduate assistantships, which also offer tuition remission and a stipend, are available throughout the University. For more information about assistantships, please visit the Graduate Admissions page.
For information about other forms of financial aid, please visit Tuition and Financial Aid.
The M.A. in Applied and Computational Mathematics is a versatile and in-demand degree for employment. Effective use of advanced applied mathematical techniques has become increasingly important in industrial, business, and scientific settings, which rely on sophisticated software to solve complex problems. The ability to construct and analyze specific mathematical models and develop and efficiently execute computational mathematical algorithms is needed in virtually any field.
Once you graduate with your M.A., you’ll be able to pursue further doctoral study in mathematics or find immediate employment related to high growth fields such as: materials science; machine learning and artificial intelligence; computer animation and digital imagery; finance and economics; ecology; systems biology; climatology; and epidemiology.
Employers seeking candidates with advanced degrees in applied mathematics include:
Aerospace and Transportation Equipment Manufacturers
Academic Institutions and Research Institutes
Chemical or Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Communications Service Providers
Computer Information and Software Firms
Consumer Products Companies
Government Laboratories, Research Offices, and Agencies
Electronics and Computer Manufacturers
Energy Systems Firms
Engineering Research Organizations
Financial Service and Investment Management Firms
Medical Device Companies
Transportation Service Providers
Because of the low student-to-faculty ratio within the mathematics program, you will be able to work closely with professors on independent research in preparation for your career. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will also notify you of potential internship opportunities as they become available, and will assist you in the internship application process as needed. Our faculty members are active scholars who are dedicated to helping each student succeed.