The M.S. program in Biological and Computational Mathematics is a 2-year program consisting of 36 hours of courses. Graduates of the program will be well-equipped to use a variety of methods to construct mathematical models in order to solve real-world problems, especially those problems of an interdisciplinary nature. The expertise of the faculty involved includes many applications in the biomedical fields. The nature and breadth of the curriculum allows students to enter jobs in industry or to enter Ph.D. programs in Applied Mathematics. The program includes a strong experiential component in the form of seminars as well as a graduate project course where students have the opportunity to conduct original research in applied mathematics.

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About the Program

Financial support in the form of graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships is available on a competitive basis.  These assistantships include a tuition waiver and a stipend.

Ideal candidates for the program have an interest in applied mathematics and have completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a GPA of at least 3.0.  Their undergraduate curriculum should include three semesters of calculus (differential, integral, and multivariable), one semester of linear algebra or equivalent, and one semester of elementary differential equations. 

Additionally, candidates for the program should be able to provide references from at least three individuals who can address both their mathematical ability and their ability to succeed in a graduate program.

We welcome applicants and students from all over the world.  Due to the timing required to process and obtain student visas, international applicants requiring a student visa are strongly encouraged to complete their application and submit all official supplemental materials and documents as early as possible, but no later than February 28.  While there is no guarantee that this will allow sufficient timing for processing and for applicants to obtain a student visa for fall entry, applicants completing application files after this date may be at a higher risk of not having sufficient time to obtain their visa in time for fall 2022 enrollment.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships are the primary means of financial support for students pursuing graduate study in Mathematics.  These awards are limited in number and are awarded on a competitive basis.  Each category of assistantship carries a tuition waiver and a 10-month stipend. 

First-year students in the program who are on an assistantship will be assigned duties under the direct supervision of a faculty member.  Responsibilities may include working as a tutor in the Mathematics Assistance Center or assisting a faculty member with a particular course (grading assignments, conducting supplemental review/problem sessions).  At the end of each semester, the faculty member supervising the student will assess the student’s performance and send their assessment to the Director of Graduate Studies. 

Highly qualified students in the second year of the program who have completed 18 graduate-level credit hours would be eligible to teach introductory courses.  The typical course assignment will be two sections of a core mathematics course (generally College Algebra, Precalculus, or Elementary Statistics) per semester. 

To be considered for an assistantship, applications must be complete by March 1.  Assistantship recipients must be eligible for employment with the state of Georgia.  If you would like to be considered for an assistantship, fill out this form and return it by email to Dr. Neal Smith, Graduate Director at  This form must also be received by March 1.

An Education Like No Other

The College of Science and Mathematics provides students with strong foundations in the sciences as well as preparation for careers, citizenship, and a life-long love of learning. We are committed to providing experiences promoting scientific inquiry and discovery and dedicated to creating opportunities for intellectual growth and community involvement.