Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics program is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) designed to train students as professional applied mathematicians who will possess in-depth knowledge of advanced theory and practical knowledge in numerical simulation, statistical analysis, data mining, and computational mechanics.

About Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics program is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) designed to train students as professional applied mathematicians who will possess in-depth knowledge of advanced theory and practical knowledge in numerical simulation, statistical analysis, data mining, and computational mechanics.

Graduates are expected to acquire advanced mathematical, statistical, and computational skills as relevant to their subjects of their Master projects. Furthermore, they will develop skills in interdisciplinary numerical simulations, statistical computing, and computer aided design environment and will acquire a command of scientific communication skills. The program is designed to take advantage of the faculty expertise and the computational resources of the School of Science and Technology, Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System. Graduates of the program will have advanced research skills that will enable them to make contributions in technologically diverse and dynamic economic environments, both in Kazakhstan and abroad.

Requirements

Requirements

1. An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent). During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration.

2. A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent).

3. High level of English proficiency.

The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test reports for admission to the program is:

1) Overall IELTS test score of 6.5 (with sub-scores no less than 6.0) or the equivalent TOEFL score as posted on the ETS website;

2) Candidates with not sufficient IELTS score may be admitted to the ZERO-year program: The absolute minimum requirement for English language proficiency test report for conditional admission (NUZYP) is an overall IELTS test score of 5.5, with no more than one sub-score of 5.0, or the equivalent TOEFL scores as posted on the ETS website;

3) Applicants, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test report if:

– one of their earlier academic degrees was earned in a country with English as the language of official communication, academic instruction and daily life;

– an undergraduate and/or graduate degree was earned in a program which was officially taught in English.

4. Strong mathematical skills as demonstrated by ALEKS test administered by the School on a set date. Applicants who provide valid GRE or GMAT test certificate may request exemption from mathematical skills test;

5. High motivation and strong interest in the program as outlined in a statement of purpose;

6. A curriculum vitae; 7. Two letters of recommendation.

Application package checklist:

1. Complete Application form;

2. National ID (for the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan) and passport (for international applicants);

3. Official document confirming name change (if applicable);

4. Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree diploma with transcript; During the application period final year students may upload official current transcript for consideration.

5. IELTS or TOEFL certificate valid as of date of online documents submission;

6. Document confirming English as the language of instruction (only for applicants who earned their degree in a program which was taught in English and request an exemption from submitting IELTS or TOEFL). Applicants should provide a detailed certificate/reference from the university indicating the number and list of subjects completed in English.

7. Curriculum vitae (up to 2 pages);

8. GRE/GMAT certificate valid as of date of online documents submission (if applicable);

9. Statement of purpose (up to 1 page);

10. Two confidential letters of recommendation (at least one academic reference) written within the last 12 months (to be provided by referees electronically or in hard copy after receiving an email request);

11. Consent for Applicant’s personal data processing (according to the template in applicant’s personal account).

Important: All required documents indicated above (excluding letters of recommendation) must be uploaded by candidates to the Personal account before the indicated deadline. All submitted documents shall be in English or with notarized English translation. Submission of a complete application package does not guarantee admission to the Program. Applicants recommended for admission must provide hard copies of all documents as requested by the Admissions Department within established period of time. Applicants who obtained their degree diplomas/certificates from foreign education institutions must request their official transcripts to be sent directly to the University: 010000, Astana, Kabanbay Batyr Ave., 53, Nazarbayev University, Admissions Department.””

Application deadline: April

Duration

2 years

Work after graduation

 

  • Biostatisticians
  • Operation Research analysts
  • Financial analysts/Auditors
  • Actuaries
  • Computer security analysts
  • Academia
  • Mathematics educators

    Possible job in following industries:
  • Academic and research (math, engineering) institutes
  • Aerospace and airlines
  • Analytics and forecasting organizations
  • Chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Communication Technology
  • IT and software firms; Computer Manufacturers
  • Energy systems firms
  • Financial service and investment management firms
  • Government labs, research offices and agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Medical engineering companies
  • Oil industries
Program outline

The 1st year of the program consists of compulsory core courses designed to give a solid fundament for the research-intensive 2nd year. Students choose elective courses in the beginning of 2nd year to specialize in the area of their interest. The focus of the last semester is Thesis work.

Core Courses:

  • MATH 510 Measure Theory with Applications
  • MATH 519 Scientific Computing
  • MATH 540 Statistical Learning 
  • WCS 501 Science Communications
  • MATH 592 Research Seminar
  • MATH 691 Thesis Proposal
  • MATH 599 Thesis Research Preparation
  • MATH 692 Thesis

Elective Courses:

  • MATH 512 Optimization Methods and Techniques
  • MATH 514 Operations Research
  • MATH 517 Mathematical Modeling and Simulation
  • MATH 518 Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • MATH 541 Data Analysis and Statistical Learning
  • MATH 542 Statistical Programming
  • MATH 551 Advanced Numerical Methods
  • MATH 571 Nonlinear Differential Equations
  • MATH 576 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • MATH 577 Modelling and Numerical Analysis for Incompressible Fluids
  • MATH 582 Mathematical Biology
  • MATH 601 ​Analytic Number Theory
  • MATH 676 Advanced Partial Differential Equations with Applications
  • MATH 680 Potential Theory and Polynomial Approximation
  • MATH 682 Applied Functional Analysis
Funding

Ample funding is available for local and international students, with the majority receiving a full scholarship and stipend. 

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