Welcome to our departmental admission webpage. As Head of the Mathematical Sciences department, in the School of Arts and Sciences at WPI, I would like to take a moment to let you know about some of the exciting features of our department and some of the activities in which our majors are involved.
The department is composed of about 50 full time faculty and serves over 150 undergraduate majors and about 95 graduate students between our 5 Masters programs and 2 PhD programs.
Our program and the success of our graduates has led to the College Factual ranking WPI Mathematical Sciences as #14 out of over 475 Mathematical Sciences programs in the U.S. See rankings at: https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/worcester-polytechnic-institute/rankings/
Courses In addition to our current roster of about 60 courses, we are constantly working with our students to introduce new exciting classes that are of interest, and present some new innovations that will make our students more competitive on the job market. In addition to course work, the department also offers special seminars courses to cover special topics, such as, for instance, the preparation for the actuarial exams.
For a list of current courses see https://www.wpi.edu/academics/departments/mathematical-sciences/courses
Projects: As a student in the Mathematical Sciences department you will have the opportunity to work closely with our faculty and pursue your Major Qualifying Project (MQP) in a wide variety of different subject areas. Examples of recent MQPs are listed here: https://www.wpi.edu/academics/departments/mathematical-sciences/major-project
In addition, many projects are sponsored collaborations with industry partners through our Center for Industrial Mathematics & Statistics: http://labs.wpi.edu/cims/
BS/MS programs: The Mathematical Sciences department offers Master’s programs in Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Financial Mathematics, and Industrial Mathematics. You can consider applying to these programs and completing both your Bachelor’s degree and your Master’s degree within 5 years as a BS/MS student.
Job placement and internships Over 90% of our graduates find a job immediately upon graduation, often thanks to numerous internship opportunities that they have developed over the course of their studies. The report compiled by the WPI Career Development Center at https://www.wpi.edu/sites/default/files/CDC_FirstDestinationOutcomesReport_2019.pdf shows that mathematical sciences graduates start with an average annual salary of $80,000 (see page 44 of the report, which also shows a listing of companies where our graduates were employed).
Interdisciplinary programs. In addition to our Mathematical Sciences major and our Actuarial Mathematics major, the Mathematical Sciences Department also plays a large role in two interdisciplinary programs:
- Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: This program is a joint initiative of the Biology and Biotechnology, Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences Departments. In this program students work at the crossing of these disciplines to study and develop quantitative approaches to various problems in biology, including genetics, spread of infectious diseases, muscle mechanics, and more. For more information, see https://www.wpi.edu/academics/departments/bioinformatics-computational-biology
- Data Science: This program is a joint initiative of the Computer Science Department, the Mathematical Sciences Department and of the Foisie School of Business. Its goal is to educate scientists in the study of large sets of data, using sophisticated techniques from computer science, machine learning, mathematics, statistics and business analytics. For more information, see https://www.wpi.edu/academics/departments/data-science
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Interested in learning more about BS/MS opportunities in the Department of Mathematical Sciences?
- Program Requirements
- Options for Double Counting Courses
- Info about our Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Financial Mathematics, and Industrial Mathematics MS programs
- Capstone Projects
- Career options with a MS