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Applied Mathematics

Graduate with strong analytical and modeling skills for advanced problem-solving to serve your career in fields such as business, government or science.

Applied Mathematics – B.S. in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics Emphasis

Students within the Applied Mathematics program at Montana State learn to describe physical phenomena within the world using deterministic models. Applied Mathematics students will use their skills in mathematical analysis and computational science to draw insights in the biological and physical science fields, as well as other applications.

The Mathematics major at Montana State offers two additional Options Within the Major: Mathematics and Statistics.



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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the Top 3 in the West, after Stanford and Cal Tech, in recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.

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Directed Reading Program
The Directed Reading Program is a semester long, reading-based mentoring program for undergraduate students that aims to enhance the mathematics and statistics community at Montana State by exploring mathematical and statistics interests with a graduate student mentor in a low-stress environment.

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Montana’s Research Leader
Montana State leverages more than $120 million annually to support pioneering research across our departments, institutes and centers.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Applied Mathematics students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Research Analyst
  • Computational Biology
  • Mathematician
  • Cryptanalyst

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.