Applied mathematics is an area of study within the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prospective students apply through GSAS; in the online application, select  “Engineering and Applied Sciences” as your program choice and and select “PhD Applied Math” in the Area of Study menu.

Applied mathematics is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the creation and imaginative use of mathematical concepts to pose and solve problems over the entire gamut of the physical and biomedical sciences and engineering, and increasingly, the social sciences and humanities. Working individually and as part of teams collaborating across the University and beyond, faculty and students in applied mathematics seek to quantitatively describe, predict, design, and control phenomena in a range of fields. 

Graduate students in applied mathematics work with faculty researching:

  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Control Theory and Stochastic Systems
  • Economics and Computation
  • Modeling Physical/Biological Phenomena and Systems
  • Theory of Computation

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