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There are two programs leading to the M.S. Degree in Applied & Interdisciplinary Mathematics (AIM). The AIM M.S. Program offers the opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of mathematics while at the same time studying a second partner discipline to which the mathematical tools can be applied. It is a coursework-driven program that attracts experienced professionals from industry seeking higher education as well as students fresh from undergraduate degrees.
The Marjorie Lee Browne (MLB) Scholars Program works within the framework of the AIM M.S. program, and is available to interested and qualified students as an application option. The MLB Scholars Program is an enhanced version of the AIM M.S. Program, which focuses on preparing students to continue towards a Ph.D. The MLB program is available for United States citizens and permanent residents only.
Information about admission requirements and details about each of the programs can be found below.
Admission and Financial Support
The GRE Rescaled Mathematics Subject Test is strongly recommended for admission to the AIM M.S. program. Applicants not majoring in mathematics should seriously consider submitting in addition scores from a GRE subject test in their major area.
Admission to the AIM M.S. program is determined by the AIM Graduate Committee and the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Mathematics. Successful applicants will demonstrate an interest in an interdisciplinary area of applied mathematics in addition to substantial mathematical ability.
To apply, please visit the Admissions page in the Department of Mathematics. Note that the material on that page under the heading of GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION refers to the Mathematics M.S. and Ph.D. programs, not to the AIM degree programs. Students applying for the Marjorie Lee Browne Scholars program should mark the appropriate box on the application form.
With the exception of applicants accepted into the Marjorie Lee Browne Scholars Program, there is unfortunately no financial support available from the Department of Mathematics for students applying to the AIM M.S. Program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek other sources of funding.
AIM M.S. Program Requirements
The AIM M.S. program requires only coursework, but the interdisciplinary nature of the training offered requires more courses than a typical master's program. AIM M.S. students also participate alongside the AIM Ph.D. students in the AIM Student Seminar (Math 501) for the first two semesters of study.
AIM M.S. students will receive course counseling from the AIM Director. The Graduate Program Coordinator will process departmental and Rackham paperwork. Information about minimum credits, cross-listed courses, etc. can be found in this Course Enrollment section of the Graduate Student Handbook.
At the end of the Fall and Winter semesters, the Graduate Office will send this Google Form requesting course comments from the graduate students’ course instructors. Students will receive a report with the instructors’ course comments.
The AIM M.S. degree requires a total of 31 credits: nine regular courses (3 credits each) and 2 credits of the AIM Student Seminar (Math 501, to be taken in the first two semesters), with the remaining credits being composed of other approved graduate courses. Among the nine regular courses, the AIM M.S. program additionally requires:
- at least five AIM core courses
- at least two courses from a chosen partner field, or another field outside of mathematics.
All courses must be at the graduate level (400 level and above), and with the exception of Math 501 must be graded courses completed with a grade of at least B, with an overall average of B+. The AIM Program Director will supervise coursework selection for AIM M.S. students who do not have other mentors.
AIM M.S. Students accepted into the Marjorie Lee Browne Scholars Program will have additional requirements related to the enhanced content of that degree program:
- Students may participate in the RMF Connection, a summer program that focuses on successful transition to graduate study, access to campus resources, building personal networks, and developing research and scholarly expertise.
- From among the courses to be taken from the enhanced list of AIM core courses (see below), the study program must include at least three 500-level courses. The study program must also include
- MATH 404 (Intermediate Differential Equations),
- MATH 419 (Linear Spaces and Matrix Theory), and
- MATH 451 (Advanced Calculus I),
- Students must participate in a research project with a faculty advisor. This research experience will culminate in an MLB scholars capstone course and minisymposium by students registering for 3 credits of Independent Study / Directed Reading and Research with their faculty advisor in the fourth term of the program. As a part of this course, students will work with their faculty advisors to finalize their research projects, produce a written summary of the work, and prepare an oral presentation of their results for the capstone minisymposium. Students will also meet as a group with the MLB Scholars program director once per month to discuss progress towards the completing the research component of the degree.
For students in the Marjorie Lee Browne Scholars Program, the list of AIM core courses from which at least five courses are required is enhanced to include in addition:
- MATH 404 (Intermediate Differential Equations)
- MATH 419 (Linear Spaces and Matrix Theory)
- MATH 451 (Advanced Calculus I)
- MATH 454 (Boundary Value Problems for Partial Differential Equations)