Graduate Program in Applied Mathematics

Graduate Program in Applied Mathematics


Graduate students enjoy a lively conversation with Professor Björn SandstedeGraduate students enjoy a lively conversation with Professor Björn Sandstede

Our graduate program provides training and research activities in a broad spectrum of applied mathematics. The principal areas of research activities represented in the Division of Applied Mathematics are ordinary, functional, and partial differential equations; probability, statistics and stochastic systems theory; neuroscience, pattern theory, and computational/mathematical biology; numerical analysis and scientific computation. The effort in virtually all the research areas ranges from applied and algorithmic problems to the study of fundamental mathematical questions.  Many of our faculty are engaged in interdisciplinary research collaborations with colleagues here at Brown or elsewhere. This breadth is one of the great strengths of the program and is further reflected in the courses we offer.  Brown offers full financial support for five years, including summer support for 2.5 months, and generous health benefits.  Our graduate program focuses on doctoral training, and we accept Masters students only as part of Brown University's 5th year Masters program.

To learn more, visit Brown's Graduate Admissions, where information about the process, and relevant deadlines, can be found. Additional information about all aspects of our program can be found in our Graduate Handbook, whilst a list of answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.  If you require information that is not covered in the above links, then please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Chi-Wang Shu, regarding academic matters, or our Graduate Program Coordinator, Jean Radican, regarding administrative matters relating to the graduate program.  There is also a helpful Admitted Students Guide, that will give you directions about what items should be attended to upon arriving on campus.  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Division of Applied Mathematics is dedicated to fostering an inclusive climate that nurtures the potential of all students by:

1. Recognizing students’ unique attributes and contributions.

2. Honoring the myriad of social, cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds that students have.

3. Encouraging students to be their authentic selves. 

We recognize that the Division could have done more in the past to work towards these goals. We also recognize that systemic inequities have led to a lack of representation among many groups in doctoral programs in the mathematical sciences at-large. We will not perpetuate these inequities in our own Division and are working to promote gender, racial, and ethnic diversity.

Through targeted recruitment and retention strategies, we aim to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups. We believe that students of any age, disability status, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background should have the resources, opportunities, and support necessary to realize their full potential as an applied mathematician.

Ultimately, our commitment to diversifying the Division represents a commitment to recruiting the most qualified and competitive candidates. We know that fostering a diverse and welcoming community will preserve the Division’s excellent academic reputation and ensure its continued success.