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WPI’s professional master’s in Industrial Mathematics will prepare you to use sophisticated mathematics to solve increasingly complex problems that arise in business and industry.

Through our rigorous and hands-on program, you will hone your analytic, modeling, and computational skills—and apply them to make in impact in an industry of interest, such as biology, computer science, physics, economics, or engineering.

You will also undertake an industrial project and learn communication and business skills that prepare you to work in multidisciplinary teams and take leadership roles in the corporate world.


Curriculum for Master’s in Industrial Mathematics

Our comprehensive industrial mathematics curriculum will give you both the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to become a well-rounded problem solver who is capable of moving from task to task within an organization.

You will build a strong foundation through core courses in numerical methods, modeling, and discrete math. You will also select a 4-course coordinated module that enables you to apply your knowledge to an outside area of interest. Examples of typical modules:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Cryptography
  • Dynamics and control
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Machine learning
  • Materials

You will hone your professional skills through a master’s seminar focused on topics like writing, presenting, and interviewing, and you will culminate your studies with a professional master’s project.


Through an industrial professional master’s project, you will synthesize and apply your knowledge and skills by tackling—and solving—a real problem arising in your industry of focus. Many students are sponsored by industrial partners from the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics, a unique WPI initiative that builds partnerships between academia and industry.


Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Burt S. Tilley

Burt S. Tilley

Associate Professor

My main research area of interest is mathematical modeling of problems in scientific and engineering applications. Recent examples include heat transfer properties in patterned liquid-cooled electronics, heat transfer in geothermal energy harnessing applications, and inter-facial pattern formation on thin fluid films and sheets. The mathematical content of these problems focus on, but are not limited to, continuum mechanics, free-boundary problems, nonlinear partial differential equations, and nonlinear differential equations.

Marcel Y. Blais

Marcel Y. Blais

Associate Teaching Professor & Associate Head of Mathematical Sciences

I teach many graduate courses in our Financial Mathematics Professional Master’s Program. I particularly love engaging graduate students in areas of financial mathematics; the material is exciting, cutting edge, and fun to apply and relate to current events and states of financial markets. At the undergraduate level, I teach upper-level optimization electives, as well as calculus courses. I enjoy teaching at this level, showing undergraduate students why the mathematics we study is important and relevant.

Suzanne L. Weekes

Suzanne L. Weekes


Research is a core part of the undergraduate experience at WPI. As Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Suzanne Weekes increases the focus on the undergraduate research enterprise at the university to continue to advance WPI’s mission to create, to discover, and to convey knowledge at the frontiers of academic inquiry for the betterment of society.

Vadim V. Yakovlev

Associate Research Professor

My professional interests include electromagnetic and multiphysics modeling, scientific computations, and optimization in various interdisciplinary areas involving high frequency electromagnetics. I am particularly interested in applications of microwave power engineering as well as microwave imaging (i.e., non-destructive evaluation and testing of materials from the characteristics of the electromagnetic field). I run the Industrial Microwave Modeling Group (IMMG), which I established in 1999 as a division of WPI’s Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS).

Getting Involved

Start Solving Complex Problems Today

Make an impact in the industrial mathematics field now and gain the applied industrial mathematics skills needed to become a well-rounded problem solver who can take on a leadership role in the corporate world. Whether you’re asking yourself what is industrial mathematics all about or what branch of mathematics is used commonly in industries, we are here to help answer your burning questions and guide you on the right path to help you meet your personal and professional goals. Industrial mathematics is hands-on field where you will hone in on analytic, modeling, and computational skills. No matter your career goals, our master’s in industrial math can help get you ahead in fields including biology, physics, and economics.

After Graduation

Explore Our Varied Master’s in Mathematics Programs

Interested in solving complex problems in a wide range of fields? Our master’s in applied mathematics will provide a broad background in mathematics with an emphasis on numerical methods and scientific computation, math modeling, and more. You’ll have the option to study part or full-time and tailor your program to your personal goals and interests. Are you intrigued by gaining in-depth knowledge of statistical methods to solve critical problems in the world? Our master’s in applied statistics explores the theoretical foundations of statistics and applied statistical methods. Maybe you’re interested in pursuing a career in the financial services industry? As a student pursuing our master’s in financial mathematics, you’ll work alongside our internationally renowned faculty and participate in portfolio optimization liquidity, numerical methods of stochastic and partial differential equations, and credit and systemic risk.

Gain Expertise and Make Important Discoveries with a PhD

Are you a mathematics professional looking to apply your expertise to solve complex, real-world problems? Consider earning a PhD in mathematical sciences which enables you to collaborate with researchers in the department to make important discoveries in diverse areas. Our fully-funded program maintains approximately 25 PhD candidates so you’ll work with a niche group of like-minded mathematical minds. Maybe your expertise lies in gathering vast amounts of numerical data and evaluating it to translate as results. Consider earning a PhD in statistics which provides students expertise in quantitative and data analysis with comprehensive training and research experiences.

Master’s Degrees Tailored for the Specific Needs of Mathematics Educators

Are you a mathematics educator looking for new approaches to excite your students or new information to boost your own expertise? If so, WPI has degrees that match your specific needs. A typical master’s degree in mathematics is going to give you excellent information, but WPI’s Master of Science in Mathematics for Educators (MMED) is geared toward middle school, high school, and community college math educators who are seeking better ways to engage their students. The Master of Science in Mathematics for Educators (MMED) program offers a rigorous curriculum on advanced concepts and a capstone so you’ll find lesson plans and activities that you’ll be able to use right away—even as you’re doing the work to complete your degree. The Master of Mathematics for Educators (MME) is for students looking for a flexible and challenging degree program. The MME program blends learning sciences courses with mathematics courses. You can complete courses online and on-campus and fit them around your already full schedule.

Get Involved with CIMS at WPI to Build Connections and Solve Problems

Are you wondering what is industrial mathematics? Do you want to know in which industries is math used and how you can you use an industrial mathematics specialty to advance a career in math? The Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS) helps promote and develop connections between WPI, industry, and the general mathematical community. Industrial mathematical students at WPI have full access to CIMS and all its benefits including varied workshops that focus on using industrial mathematics to solve industrial problems; collaborative projects with industry partners; and helping those outside the WPI community explore their interests in mathematics. CIMS can help you explore topics at a deeper level and gain a first-hand understanding of industry challenges and how you can use industrial mathematics to solve them and become part of the solution.