Applied Mathematics is inter-disciplinary and accepts students from a variety of backgrounds, including mathematics, engineering, and physics. Incoming students are expected to have knowledge of the following subjects in order to be successful in the graduate curriculum:
- Basic computer programming in one or more of these formal languages: Fortran, C/C++, Python
- Mathematical linear algebra
- Ordinary differential equations
- Four quarters of calculus
- Some partial differential equations
- Working knowledge of MATLAB
The expected time to completion of the SciCAM degree program is two years. However, the department also offers a one year accelerated track for interested students who can demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the foundational subjects. Information on the minimum requirements to join the accelerated track can be found on the program website. Requests to join the accelerated track must be made to the graduate director by email no later than August 31st of each year.
Undergraduate UCSC students pursuing an approved major (currently either a B.A. in Mathematics or a B.S. in Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Physics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Robotics Engineering) may, at any time between the start of their junior year and the end of the fall quarter of their senior year, apply to join the 4+1 contiguous pathway.
Qualified undergraduates from other undergraduate majors may also apply to the pathway and their applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Application Fee (Domestic): $135
Application Fee (International): $155
- GPA (minimum 3.0 for regular MS, 3.3 for 4+1)
- Letters of Recommendation (3)*
- TOEFL or IELTS (International Only)
- Personal History Statement*
- Statement of Purpose*
*Not required for approved 4+1 applicants
GRE scores are no longer required for any applicants