University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Applied Mathematics


1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS in Applied Mathematics, PhD in Applied Mathematics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Applied Mathematics MS program offers a general degree in applied mathematics along with specialization opportunities in many areas including Applied probability, Applied statistics, Discrete mathematics, Mathematics of engineering and science, Numerical analysis, and Operations research.

Students in all areas are exposed to a variety of coursework and have the opportunity to participate in real-world research and consulting through our innovative Math Clinic and Statistical Consulting Service. Whatever specialization students choose, graduates with an applied mathematics degree will be prepared for a multitude of careers.

The Applied Mathematics PhD program provides comprehensive training in applied mathematics and/or statistics. In addition to coursework, students engage in cutting-edge research in close collaboration with internationally recognized scholars. The department faculty work in a broad range of concentration areas including computational mathematics, discrete mathematics, mathematics education, numerical analysis, optimization and operations research, probability, and statistics.


  • Customizable and flexible curriculum
  • MS or PhD
  • Statistics Certificate available
  • Consulting opportunities


Research Opportunities Include: Data assimilation, Extremal graph theory, High-performance computing, Spatial statistics, Statistical genomics, Uncertainty quantification, Wildfire simulations

Financial Support: The Applied Mathematics programs do not offer financial assistance at this time. PhD students are eligible to apply for a research assistantship, teaching assistantship, or GK-12 Fellowship.

Applications: PhD – Applications are due by January 15 (Fall); MS – Applications are due by April 1 (Fall or Summer), or November 1 (Spring).

Career paths of graduates: Graduates of the program have been successful in finding employment in academia, federal research laboratories, and industry. Master’s students, many of whom are already employed, find employment in the Denver business and research sector and Denver area community colleges.

Why CU Denver? As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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