May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Industrial Applied Mathematics, Master of Science

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics
368 Mathematics and Science Center  (map)
(248) 370-3430 • Fax (248) 370-4184 

Graduate Coordinator:
Meir Shillor
554 Mathematics and Science Center
(248) 370-3439

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Graduate Catalog Addendum  

Program description

The primary goal of this program is to provide the appropriate mathematical knowledge and experience for persons seeking positions in industry. The program focuses on those mathematical theories and techniques that are applicable in the industrial setting. Emphasis is on the construction of mathematical models of industrial problems and on the mathematical and computational tools that can be applied to such models. The program has two tracks focusing on continuous mathematics or discrete mathematics.

Teaching assistantships are available to full-time students on a competitive basis.

Program delivery

Courses required for the program are offered in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate the part-time student.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Oakland University Graduate School by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

  • February 15 (early), April 15 (regular), and July 15 (late) for fall semester
  • October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
  • March 1 for summer semester
  • International applicants  

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  2. Additional department application requirements
  • The applicant’s background should include courses in multivariable calculus and linear algebra and knowledge of at least one high-level scientific programming language. In addition, recommended background includes courses in differential equations and advanced calculus (for the continuous track) or discrete mathematics (for the discrete track). Applicants lacking some aspects of the necessary background may be required to take one or more prerequisite courses prior to being admitted to the program.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department. 

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Degree requirements

To fulfill the requirements for a Master of Science degree in industrial applied mathematics, a student must successfully complete, with at least a B- in each course and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better, a 32-credit program as outlined below:

Course requirements

b. Track requirements (at least 16 credits)

Students must choose continuous or discrete track.

c. Electives (8 credits)

Elective courses to complete the 32-credit requirement. 

d. Exit (4 credits)

The research must be carried out under the supervision of an approved adviser. The student must prepare a written report based on the research and make an oral presentation to a committee of faculty members. The student must contact the graduate coordinator for permission to enroll in this course.

Satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing

All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.00.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

Department requirements: To fulfill the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Industrial Applied Mathematics, a student must successfully complete, with at least a B- in each course and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better, a 32-credit program as outlined above. 

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

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Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Oakland University Graduate School.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.



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