By CSDH Staff

October 2021

Whether or not you have already completed a bachelor’s degree in the subject, you may be interested in earning a master’s degree in computational mathematics. With the degree, you can be employed at some of the most prestigious technological firms in the world, solving problems using math and computer science.

To make your decision easier, Computer Science Degree Hub went on the hunt for the best master’s degrees in computational mathematics. We began putting together our ranking by compiling a list of all universities offering just such a degree. To narrow down our [very long] list to just 30 schools, we used the following points-based system.

**Annual Out-of-State Tuition: **

Under $10,000: 5 points

Under $20,000: 4 points

Under $30,000: 3 points

Under $40,000: 2 points

Under $50,000: 1 point

**20-Year Return on Investment (ROI):
**9% and above: 5 points

7%-8%: 4 points

5%-6%: 3 points

3%-4%: 2 points

1%-2%: 1 point

**Student to Faculty Ratio: **

10:1 and better: 5 points

12:1 and better: 4 points

15:1 and better: 3 points

18:1 and better: 2 points

21:1 and better: 1 point

**U.S. News and World Report: Best Global Universities for Mathematics
**Top 5: 5 points

Top 10: 4 points

Top 20: 3 points

Top 50: 2 points

Top 100: 1 point

**Degree Available Online?
**Yes: 1 point

No: 0 points

*Note: In the event of a tie in points, the higher ranking was awarded to the university with the lowest annual out-of-state tuition rate. All tuition numbers listed below are accurate as of October 2021. *

## 30 Best Master’s Degrees in Computational Mathematics

### #30. University of Michigan, Dearborn

Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Dearborn, Michigan

Annual Graduate Tuition: $13,850 (in-state), $24,672 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 5

University of Michigan at Dearborn offers an M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics that emphasizes applied math, numerical analysis, and mathematical modeling. Earning the degree requires students to complete 30 semester hours of coursework. Just a few courses include:

- Matrix Computation
- Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems
- Dynamical Systems

### #29. Rochester Institute of Technology

Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Rochester, New York

Applied Graduate Tuition: $50,136

Total Points: 6

Rochester Institute of Technology offers an M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Thirty credit hours are required to complete this degree. Coursework includes:

- Graph Theory
- Mathematical Modeling
- Numerical Analysis, to name but three

Two graduate seminars are also required to be completed at the end of a student’s first year of study. The second year of study is spent completing one elective and either a project or thesis.

### #28. Claremont Graduate University

Master of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Claremont, California

Annual Graduate Tuition: $35,640

Total Points 6

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences at Claremont Graduate University offers an M.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics. Thirty-two units are required to earn the degree, and most students are able to graduate in two years. A few of the courses include:

- Mathematics of Machine Learning
- Numerical Methods for Matrix Computations
- Stochastic Processes.

### #27. University of Colorado at Boulder

Master of Science in Applied Math w/ Track in Statistics & Data Science

Boulder, Colorado

Annual Graduate Tuition: $11,826 (in-state), $31,284 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 7

University of Colorado at Boulder offers a Professional Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics in which students can concentrate on Statistics and Data Science. Coursework for this degree covers various aspects of:

- statistics
- math
- data science
- computing

Hands-on, experiential education is the focus of UC Boulder’s philosophy, and students are required to complete a comprehensive final project before graduation.

### #26. Western Michigan University

Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Annual Graduate Tuition: $16,360 (in-state), $30,432 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 7

Western Michigan University offers an M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics. The degree provides a “broad background in the mathematical sciences including statistics, differential equations, mathematical programming and computational mathematics.” Earning the degree requires either 31 or 32 semester hours of coursework. Classes include Optimization and Applied Matrix Algebra, to name but two.

### #25. Florida State University

Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Tallahassee, Florida

Annual Graduate Tuition: $9,684 (in-state), $24,116 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 7

Florida State University offers an M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics that is designed “to prepare students for mathematics careers in academia, research laboratories, and industry.” Students choose between a non-thesis coursework option, or a thesis-based option. While the former requires 36 credit hours of coursework, the latter requires 30 credit hours and a defended thesis.

### #24. Buffalo State University

Professional Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Buffalo, New York

Annual Graduate Tuition: $11,310 (in-state), $23,100 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 7

Buffalo State University offers a Professional Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics. The program is a collaboration between the university and parters in the Western New York Area. This partnership provides a number of unique opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience throughout their studies. Earning the degree requires 27 credits of coursework, plus an additional three credits of an internship.

### #23. California State University, Fullerton

Master of Science in Computational Applied Mathematics

Fullerton, California

Annual Graduate Tuition: $7,176 (in-state), $16,680 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 7

California State University at Fullerton, which is located about 25 miles from Los Angeles, offers an M.S. in Computational Applied Mathematics. Earning this degree requires students to complete 30 credit hours of coursework. Most students continue classes through at least one summer term in order to finish their master’s education in just two years. Among the required classes are:

- Applied Analysis
- Advanced Linear Algebra and Applications
- Mathematical Modeling

Before graduation, students must also complete an Industrial Project in Computational Applied Mathematics.

### #22. Northwestern University

Master of Science in Engineering Sciences & Applied Mathematics

Evanston, Illinois

Annual Graduate Tuition: $56,067

Total Points: 8

Northwestern University offers an M.S. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics. The degree is designed to prepare students for either PhD studies or a career as a professional mathematician. Earning the master’s degree requires completing 12 courses, which most students are able to do in two years. Potential classes include Numerical Solutions of Partial Differential Equations and High Performance Scientific Computing, to name but two. Each year, special topic courses are also offered.

### #21. Old Dominion University

Master of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Norfolk, Virginia

Annual Graduate Tuition: $10,207 (in-state), $29,851 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 8

Old Dominion University offers an M.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics. This unique on-campus degree program puts a special emphasis on Big Data Analytics. Earning the M.S. from Old Dominion requires completing 33 credit hours of coursework in classes such as:

- Modern Statistical Methods for Big Data Analytics
- Mathematical Statistics
- Introduction to Machine Learning.

### #20. St. John’s University

Master of Arts in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Queens, New York

Annual Graduate Tuition: $29,816

Total Points: 8

St. John’s University offers one of only two Master of *Arts* degrees on our list of the best graduate degrees in computational math. The university’s M.A. in Applied and Computational Mathematics requires 33 credit hours of coursework. Classes include:

- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer Algorithms
- Operations Research

Students may also choose to concentrate on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

### #19. University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Master of Science in Mathematics in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Lowell, Massachusetts

Annual Graduate Tuition: $14,590 (in-state), $26,370 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 8

University of Massachusetts at Lowell offers an M.S. in Mathematics in Applied and Computational Mathematics. To earn this degree a student must complete 30 credit hours of required coursework and relevant electives. Classes include:

- Mathematical Modeling
- Special Functions
- Optimization, to name but three.

### #18. Colorado State University

Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Fort Collins, Colorado

Annual Graduate Tuition: $10,520 (in-state), $25,791 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 8

Colorado State University offers an M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Earning this degree from CSU requires students to complete 35 credit hours of coursework, plus a graduate seminar. Before graduation, students must also complete either a thesis or an advisor-directed expository paper.

### #17. Duquesne University

Master of Science in Computational Mathematics and Statistics

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Annual Graduate Tuition: $24,048

Total Points: 8

Duquesne University offers an M.S. in Computational Mathematics and Statistics. The degree requires completing certain core requirements, which include classes on various programming languages. Upon completion of coursework, computational mathematics grad students at Duquesne are able to do an internship. They also have the opportunity to work on a faculty-directed project or thesis.

### #16. University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Science in Mathematics w/ Concentration in Mathematical Computer Science

Chicago, Illinois

Annual Graduate Tuition: $13,799 (in-state), $23,714 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 8

University of Illinois at Chicago offers an M.S. in Mathematics program in which students may choose to concentrate on Mathematical Computer Science. To earn this this degree students must complete 32 credit hours of required coursework, including classes like Combinatorics and Numerical Analysis. Most students who graduate with this master’s degree continue on to complete doctoral work.

### #15. Stony Brook University

Master of Science in Computational Applied Mathematics

Stony Brook, New York

Annual Graduate Tuition: $11,310 (in-state), $23,100 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 8

Stony Brook University offers an M.S. in Computational Applied Mathematics. Earning the degree requires completing 30 credits of coursework. Some classes include:

- Numerical Analysis
- Principles in Parallel Computing
- Wave Propagation

No thesis is required to graduate with a master’s in computational math from Stony Brook.

### #14. West Chester University

Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Annual Graduate Tuition: $9,288 (in-state), $13,932 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 8

West Chester University offers an M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics. The program is designed for students with careers and/or families. Classes are available on a full- or part-time basis, and in the evenings. Earning the degree requires completing 36 credits of coursework ranging from Theory of Numbers to Stochastic Modeling. An Industrial Practicum is also required before graduation.

### #13. University of Notre Dame

Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics

Notre Dame, Indiana

Annual Graduate Tuition: $57,050

Total Points: 9

University of Notre Dame offers na M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. Earning the degree requires completing 30 credits of coursework including:

- computational science
- statistics
- applied mathematics

The flexible degree also allows for students to choose a specialization in:

- Predictive Analytics
- Applied Statistics
- Applied and Computational Math

Students may complete the full master’s degree on campus or online, in 10 months or 16 months.

### #12. Johns Hopkins University

Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Baltimore, Maryland

Annual Graduate Tuition: $57,010

Total Points: 9

Johns Hopkins University offers an M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics which can be completed either on campus in Baltimore or online from anywhere in the world. Students may choose from among five focus areas for their degree, including:

- Information Technology and Computation
- Simulation and Modeling
- and Applied Analysis

Though Johns Hopkins’s degree is highly customizable, all students must complete five core courses and six electives. *U.S. News & World Report *currently ranks Johns Hopkins University as the 116th best university in the world for studying math.

### #11. Temple University

Master of Science in Mathematics with a Concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Annual Graduate Tuition: $16,956 (in-state), $23,346 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 9

Temple University offers an M.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Required courses for the degree program include:

- Calculus of Variations
- Knot Theory and Low-Dimensional Topology
- Homological Algebra, among others

Most students graduate with their master’s degree in three years or less. During the summer, students have the opportunity to participate in the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, or study abroad in Europe or Asia.

### #10. Marquette University

Master of Science in Computational Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Annual Graduate Tuition: $21,690

Total Points: 9

Marquette University graduate students can earn an M.S. in Computational Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. The 30-credit degree program takes about two years to complete, though students may also choose to pursue the degree on a part-time basis. Most students who complete the degree go on to earn a doctoral degree.

### #9. Augusta University

Master of Science in Biological and Computational Math

Augusta, Georgia

Annual Graduate Tuition: $5,504 (in-state), $18,772 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 9

Augusta University offers na M.S. in Biological and Computational Math. Earning the degree requires completing 36 credit hours of coursework, and most students graduate in two years. Many of the required classes include a hands-on or experiential component. Students attend a number of seminars over the course of the curriculum. A graduate project is also required before graduation.

### #8. Rice University

Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics

Houston, Texas

Annual Graduate Tuition: $47,306

Total Points: 10

Rice University offers a Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics. Earning the degree requires completing 30 credit hours of coursework in classes such as:

- Linear and Integer Programming
- Numerical Analysis
- Computational Science

Rice University does not require its students to complete a thesis before graduation.

### #7. University of Washington, Seattle

Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Seattle, Washington

Annual Graduate Tuition: $16,278 (in-state), $29,178 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 10

*U.S. News & World Report* currently ranks University of Washington as the 22nd best university in the world at which to study math. The Seattle-based campus offers an M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics, designed to prepare students for a successful career in industry. To earn the degree, students must complete nine courses, and have the option of completing an additional thesis. UW-Seattle’s M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics may be completed full-time or part-time, on campus or online.

### #6. Michigan Technological University

Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences w/ an emphasis in Computational and Applied Mathematics

Houghton, Michigan

Annual Graduate Tuition: $21,744

Total Points: 10

Michigan Tech offers an M.S. in Mathematical Sciences program in which students may choose to concentrate on Computational and Applied Mathematics. Students have the further choice of completing a thesis, a project, or a special examination to fully earn their degree. Among the courses are:

- Numerical Linear Algebra
- Topics in Applied Mathematics
- Real Analysis.

### #5. Georgia Institute of Technology

Master of Science in Computational Sciences and Engineering

Atlanta, Georgia

Annual Graduate Tuition: $14,064 (in-state), $29,140 (out-of-state)

Total Points: 11

Georgia Tech offers an M.S. in Computational Sciences and Engineering. The degree program requires 30 credit hours of coursework, including classes on:

- Performance Computing
- Numerical Linear Algebra
- Computational Data Analysis

Twelve of the required 30 credit hours focus on a specialization of a student’s choice, while six are satisfied by either additional electives or a master’s thesis. Students work with the Computer Science and Engineering program director to plan out the most appropriate course of study for their personal goals.

### #4. University of Pennsylvania

Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Annual Graduate Tuition: $37,678

Total Points: 12

Top-ranked Penn offers an M.A. in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science. This graduate degree is appropriate for those intending doctoral work, or for those ready for their career after graduation. Earning the degree requires two semesters of analysis, two semesters of applied linear algebra, and two semesters of probability theory. Students have the choice of completing two additional courses, or a master’s thesis.

### #3. New York University

Master of Science in Scientific Computing

New York, New York

Annual Graduate Tuition: $34,704

Total Points: 13

US News: 13

*U.S. News & World Report *ranks New York University as the 13th best university in the world at which to study mathematics. NYU offers an M.S. in Scientific Computing. Most students who graduate from this degree program go on to pursue doctoral work. However, many find employment at technologically advanced institutions in research and development. Before graduation, students complete a master’s project.

### #2. Harvard University

Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Annual Graduate Tuition: $49,448

Total Points: 14

Harvard University offers an M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering. Earning the degree requires a student to complete eight courses, which most students are able to do in just one academic year. Students who choose to may also extend their studies by one summer to participate in an internship program.

### #1. Stanford University

Master of Science in Computational & Mathematical Engineering

Stanford, California

Annual Graduate Tuition: $54,315

Total Points: 15

Stanford University is currently ranked by *U.S. News & World Report *as the 3rd best university in the world at which to study mathematics. Stanford offers an M.S. in Computational Mathematical Engineering, which students may choose to complete on-campus, or as a hybrid between on-campus and online. Earning the degree requires completing 45 units of coursework, which must be done in five years or less.

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