The Mathematics Department offers a two-year Master of
Science (M.S.) program in Applied Mathematics, accredited in the US. It is
carried out in cooperation with the Alfréd Rényi Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
This program follows the lines of the Bologna
process regarding structures, while keeping the US standards and characteristics.
At this moment, there is a unanimously accepted subject classification in
mathematics. This classification is clearly reflected in the curriculum of
graduate programs. In general, the basic courses are the same everywhere. Of
course, different programs choose different subjects for elective courses. It
is worth mentioning that our M.S. program is strongly oriented to modern topics
in Applied Mathematics, including analytical, statistical, numerical and
computational methods, which are known to be strong tools in tackling real
world applications. Concerning the overall workload in credits, our M.S.
program is similar to other European programs and stronger than US programs.
Our M.S. program is unique since:
• It is an
international graduate program in the region. The language of instruction is
English. There is growing demand in the region for well-trained mathematicians,
in particular applied mathematicians. Industrial companies, banks, research institutes,
governmental and EU organizations need such kind of specialists. There are
specific positions for M.S. graduates, such as, for instance: mathematician,
statistician, system analyst, business analyst, optimization analyst,
modeler, high school mathematics teacher, mathematics editor, manager. These
specialists are supposed to play an important role in the region, as well as in
the EU. In fact, we are sure they will be highly appreciated everywhere in the
• Outstanding scholars are involved in both teaching and
• This program contributes to the development of CEU as a research
focused university, through close cooperation with other CEU departments (Economics,
Environmental Sciences and Policy, International Relations and European Studies
(IRES), Political Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology) in a joint effort
to study regional phenomena, including those related to transition and
globalization. Differential equations, graph theory, statistical and numerical
methods, calculus of variations, computer simulations are widely used nowadays
to develop various models associated with biological, ecological, economic,
political, social phenomena. This kind of cooperation is specific to CEU. It is
supposed that our graduates will be using their interdisciplinary experience
when they hold various positions in the region or elsewhere.
• The program can benefit a lot from the opportunities offered by
the rich local academic environment, including the Alfréd Rényi Institute of
the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Eötvös
University (ELTE) and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics
(BME). Indeed, they can support our program through their staffing and library
resources, conferences, seminars, and their long experience in running high
quality mathematics programs.
Note: In designing this program, we have examined similar existing programs of
different universities, such as: The Australian National University, Brown
University (Providence, RI, USA), California Institute of Technology (USA),
Cambridge University (UK), Columbia University (USA), Illinois Institute of
Technology (USA), ELTE (Budapest), Kyoto University (Japan), University of
Calgary (Canada), University of Leeds (UK), University of New South Wales
(Sydney, Australia), University of Texas at Austin (USA), University of Western
Ontario (Canada), University of Sheffield (UK), Washington University.