About this Program

The doctoral program in computational and applied mathematics offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is designed to produce applied mathematicians and statisticians who can meet the growing demand for analytical and computational skills in traditional scientific and multi-disciplinary fields. Students in the program can choose to pursue an option in either applied mathematics, statistics, or biostatistics.

Program Highlights

  • ODU is one of the few institutions around the world that offers a Computational and Applied Mathematics graduate program, rather than a traditional mathematics program.

  • Coursework for the Ph.D. degree contains a significant component in Big Data Analytics

  • Distinguished by its connections to Modeling and Simulation research throughout the campus

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Operations Research Analysts

$86,510 Median Salary

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.


$104,700 Median Salary

Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.

Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$84,710 Median Salary

Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


$88,980 Median Salary

Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.


What are the requirements to apply for Computational & Applied Mathematics at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Computational & Applied Mathematics should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

The Ph.D. requires 57 credit hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree (24 credit hours beyond the master’s degree) selected to fulfill an option in applied mathematics, statistics or biostatistics. At the end of the course work the student must pass a Ph.D. Candidacy Examination. A doctoral dissertation representing an achievement in research and a significant contribution to the field is required. Students must take a minimum of 24 hours of such research credit. A public defense of the dissertation is the final requirement.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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