Mathematical and Computational Modeling (M.S.)

The Professional Science Master’s degree is a two-year graduate degree designed to fill a management need for technology-based companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. Students pursue advanced training in science, while simultaneously developing valued business skills. Professional Science Master’s programs combine rigorous study in science or mathematics with coursework in management, policy, or law. All PSM programs emphasize writing and communication skills, and many include project management. Most PSM programs require a final project or team experience, as well as an internship in a business or public sector enterprise.

Developed in concert with industry, PSM programs are designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities. Graduates are equipped to manage the breakthroughs that are created by research teams. They can interact comfortably and intelligently with scientific researchers and business managers, especially in the marketing, finance, and legal departments. The PSM got its start in 1997 as a way to better and more rapidly equip students with much-needed skills in the STEM fields. Currently, there are over 300 PSM programs offered by 150 institutions.

The PSM-MCM will enable the student to acquire advanced training in understanding, analyzing, and solving mathematical models. In addition to content courses on Scientific Computing, Data Analysis, Mathematical Models, and Optimization, the PSM student will be required to take courses on Project Management, Communication, Data Structures, and Marketing to help them transition into “extrovert math professionals” who will successfully interface between research teams and decision makers in technology based companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, the PSM student will be required to learn how to successfully incorporate mathematical models in time bound interdisciplinary projects with specific objectives. To achieve this goal, the student will be exposed to a range of mini-projects dealing with applications of mathematical models to real-world problems. Each mini-project will require students to work in self-directed collaborative teams with faculty and external guidance to understand the problem, create a (or modify an existing) mathematical model for the problem, perform some preliminary analysis of the problem, and formulate a possible project for the culminating experience. The final component of the PSM-MCM will require each student to complete a comprehensive culminating experience/internship. The culminating experience/internship will require each individual student to conceive, analyze, report in writing, and make a public oral presentation on a detailed modeling project.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
MATH 585Fundamentals of Scientific Computing3
MATH 586Fundamentals of Mathematical Models3
MATH 587Fundamentals of Optimization3
MATH 588Professional Science Master Mini-Projects6
STAT 583Fundamentals of Data Analysis3
Plus Courses
CMST 582Techniques of Communication3
MGMT 565Project Management1.5
MKTG 531Contemporary Marketing1.5
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Financial Accounting
Population Genetics
Topics in Microbiology
Wetland Ecology
Shoreline Ecology
Behavioral Ecology
Drug Design in Medicinal Chemistry
Environmental Geoscience
Current Issues in Sustainability Science
Geographic Information Systems
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Applied Groundwater Modeling
Microeconomics for Managers
Macroeconomics for Managers
Managerial Finance
Determinants of Environmental Health
Foundations of Epidemiology
Emerging Trends in Global Markets
Organizational Behavior
Sociological Perspectives on Health and Medicine
Culminating Experience
MATH 697Culminating Experience for PSM6
Total Credits33