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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Master of Science Program

Program Code: MS-NS

Major Code: ACM

HEGIS 1701

Mathematics Department

Hongliang Xu, Chair

Bishop Hall 317, (716) 878-5621


Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM) is an innovative Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree program. This program, a collaboration between Buffalo State and a group of partners from Buffalo and the Western New York area, brings together a diverse interdisciplinary group of active faculty from academia and adjunct faculty and advisory board members from business, industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. The goal of the program is to train graduate students for careers in many emerging fields that now demand a new type of workforce with solid and in-depth background in applied and computational mathematics, as well as with effective business and communication skills.

The PACM program consists of 27 credits of academic training in data analysis, mathematical modeling, business communication and management, as well as 3 credits of research internship.

The development of the program was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The program is recognized as a Professional Science Master’s degree by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

Admission Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 credit hours.
  2. If minimum requirements are not met, the graduate faculty may grant an applicant conditional admission to the program as a premajor.
  3. The following mathematics courses completed: Single and Multivariable Calculus; Differential Equations; Linear Algebra; Discrete Mathematics; Calculus-based Probability; and Calculus-based Statistics.
  4. Students must demonstrate knowledge of a standard programming language such as C++, Java, Fortran, Maple, or Mathematica.

Program Requirements

Required credit hours in analytical mathematical modeling

9 cr

ACM 610

Continuous Foundations of Applied Math From a Problem Solving Perspective (1)

ACM 611

Discrete Foundations of Applied Math From a Problem Solving Perspective (1)

ACM 612

Computational Foundations of Applied Mathematics From a Problem Solving Perspective (1)

ACM 620

Optimization of Discrete Models (1)

ACM 621

Empirical Model Building (1)

ACM 622

Modeling Change with Dynamical Systems (1)

ACM 630

Numerical Linear Algebra (1)

ACM 631

Eigenvalue Problems (1)

ACM 632

Numerical Calculus (1)

Required credit hours in statistical data analysis

9-11 cr

ACM 640

Linear Regression and Correlation (1)

ACM 641

Design and Analysis of Experiments (1)

ACM 642

Nonparametric Statistics (1)

ACM 650

Random Walks and Brownian Motion (1)

ACM 651

Markov Chains (1)

ACM 652

Continuous-time Stochastic Processes (1)

ACM 660

Logistic Regression (1)

ACM 661

Survival Analysis (1)

ACM 662

Time Series Analysis and Forecasting (1)

Required credit hours in business fundamentals courses

9 cr

One 3 credit course from each area below:

Business Communication:

PSM 602

Communication Strategies for Math and Science Professionals

Project Management:

MET 620

Managing Engineering Projects

Other Topics:

SPF 688

Leadership in Organizations

SPF 715

Management Practices and Techniques

INT 602

Operations Management

Required credit hours in Project 3 cr

ACM 690

Master’s Project

Total requirements

30 cr

Note: All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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