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What can you do with a degree in Mathematical Sciences from WPI?

Picture a career as a cryptographer designing systems to protect sensitive data, an animator bringing the next great film to the big screen, or an operations analyst helping organizations run more efficiently.

WPI’s hands-on, project-oriented degree in mathematical sciences will give you the expert knowledge and practical experience needed to excel in both academia and industry. You’ll master mathematical theory and put your skills and knowledge to use to solve real problems in the world around you. You’ll also benefit from our strong industry connections and highly flexible plans of study.

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Curriculum for Degree in Mathematical Sciences

Our degree in mathematical sciences prepares students to become creative problem solvers who make an impact, but exactly how you get there is up to you. You may select from a wide range of courses in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics, and will develop depth across these areas:

  • Algebraic & discrete mathematics
  • Computational & applied analysis
  • Operations research
  • Probability & statistics

You’ll complement your studies with courses in computer science, the natural sciences, engineering, and business. No matter what path you choose, you will have many chances to apply your knowledge to solve meaningful problems through hands-on projects.

BS/MS Option:

Mathematical Sciences students admitted to the BS/MS program are able to count certain courses toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees, completing the program in approximately five years.

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Project-based Learning

Projects are at the heart of the WPI curriculum. Both in and outside the classroom, students are immersed in projects that apply their growing knowledge to real-world challenges––and mathematical sciences offers endless possibilities for innovative projects. You'll work with classmates to complete course projects and undertake a final project in collaboration with an industry partner that might include finding optimal flight schedules for delivery drones or creating alternate teaching modules for middle school math.

More Value

Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internshipearning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.

Explore a Career in Mathematical Sciences

If you’re considering a career in mathematical sciences, take a closer look at becoming a mathematician or statistician and the types of problems you’ll help to solve. Our career outlook for mathematical sciences provides information on sample companies, graduate schools, job titles, and much more to help you envision your future. The career opportunities in mathematics are endless at WPI—explore our many degrees related to the mathematics field and beyond.

Pursue a Career in Actuarial Mathematics

If you’re interested in using your math skills to help companies assess risk and solve various financial problems, a degree in actuarial mathematics may be perfect for you. As an actuary, you’ll assess financial risk and help businesses develop strategies to combat it.

Follow Your Passions through Physics or Computer Science

Interested in math, but unsure of whether you want to earn a degree in it? Consider a degree in computer science or a degree in physics at WPI. Both feature aspects of mathematics in their curricula while giving you the chance to learn from renowned professors, collaborate with your peers, gain real-world experience through hands-on project work, and ultimately find your own path in your chosen field.

Complement Your Degree with a Minor

Looking for a minor to complement your degree? WPI’s minors in mathematics and statistics give you the chance to immerse yourself in mathematical tools and techniques while still having the flexibility to pursue your primary field.