VCU Math Researchers receive $10 million in National Science Foundation Grants

Information on the Ph.d. program in Systems Modeling and Analysis
Open Positions

Graduate Students

MS in Mathematical Sciences

Program Concentrations:
Applied Mathematics
Operations Research


For students interested in Statistics or Operations Research click here.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Application
Graduate School

A student applying for admission to the Masters of Science program is expected to have at least thirty undergraduate semester credits in the mathematical sciences or closely-related fields with at least eighteen of these credits in upper-level (junior-level or higher) courses.
Students who need to remove deficiencies in their mathematical sciences education can enroll as special students prior to seeking admission to the graduate program, or may ask to be provisionally admitted to the graduate program pending completion of the appropriate courses. The department makes an effort to structure its offerings so that a student who has majored in one area may do graduate work in another. A student changing areas may be required to take additional appropriate courses.

All applicants must submit a report of current scores achieved on the GRE. All international students must take the TOEFL. A minimum score of 550 is required for admission to the program. International students seeking graduate teaching assistantships should score well above 600.

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics offers courses in applied mathematics, including ordinary differential equations, discrete and continous dynamical systems, partial differential equations, calculus of variations, numerical analysis, complex analysis, and other topics. Emphasis is placed on analytical and numerical techniques for solving mathematical equations that arise in the physical and biological sciences, engineering, and economics. It is recommended that students contemplating study in applied mathematics have undergraduate training in differential equations, linear algebra, and analysis.

The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics offers a wide range of courses in the areas of real and complex analysis, topology, linear algebra, graph theory, combinatorics, and abstract algebra. Students wishing to prepare for a Ph.D. program in mathematics can build a solid foundation through an appropriate selection of courses offered by the department.

The Department faculty have interests that include such areas as mathematical biology, numerical analysis, simulation, algebra, analysis, graph theory, combinatorics, functional analysis, topology, difference and differential equations, optimization, logic, set theory and mathematical physics.

Despite their diverse interests, the faculty is unified in their commitment to provide a strong education within the department, while fostering healthy and vigorous interrelationships among the various disciplines. A list of faculty members and their divisional affiliations and specializations is shown on the faculty page.

Each year the department has a number of graduate assistantships available for full-time graduate students. These carry a stipend and remission of tuition. Assignments may include teaching your own course, being a teaching assistant, or grading.

Students who would like to be considered for financial support should apply as early as possible.  The deadline for application for the fall semester is March 1 and the deadline for application for the spring semester is October 1.

Click here to download a GTA application.


Office of Admissions
Phone: (804) 828-6916
Fax: (804) 828-1829

Direct staff contacts:

Blair W. Brown
Director of graduate and international admissions and recruitment
Phone: (804) 828-6016

David Koerner
Associate director of graduate and international admissions
Phone: (804) 828-7698

Joy Rush
Graduate recruitment coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-7033

Crystal W. Wade
Graduate admissions coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-6916

Linda J. Clark
Graduate admissions counselor
Phone: (804) 828-6916

Kimberly M. King
Graduate admissions counselor
Phone: (804) 828-6916

Robin Knepp
Graduate admissions counselor
Phone: (804) 828-6916

Kevin Bailey
Technology/imaging analyst
Phone: (804) 827-4547






Virginia Commonwealth University  |  College of Humanities and Sciences
Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
1015 Floyd Avenue  |  PO Box 842014  |  Richmond, Virginia 23284
Phone: (804) 828-1301  |  E-mail: Math Department
Updated: March 18, 2014  |  E-mail: webmaster