Master's Degree in Computational Mathematics.

Are you a mathematician interested in more than just definitions, theorems, and proofs? Would you like to bring gray theory to life using computers? Or perhaps develop new theories resulting in better, more user-friendly computer programs? Then a Master’s degree in Computational Mathematics is right for you!

How do you translate questions relating to biosciences, finance, and technology into mathematical equations that a computer can solve? How does the computer thne solve these kinds of equations? Can a computer also be used to discover and prove new mathematical theorems and can you trust computer-generated evidence? These questions and more are at the heart of the Master's degree program Computational Mathematics. You will focus on modern mathematical content and explore new ways to implement mathematics using computers.

The Department of Mathematics at the JKU in Linz has been forging new paths and conducting cutting-edge research in this field for decades - be a part of it now!


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Key Facts


Diplom-IngenieurIn (DIin/DI)


4 Semesters


120 Credits


English (Level B2)





Why This Degree is Particularly Attractive

  • This Master’s degree program is unique in Austria; there are only very few comparable programs worldwide.
  • You will break through the conventional distinction between “pure” and “applied” mathematics.
  • We will cover analytical/numerical topics along with algebraic/symbolic topics.
  • The curriculum is flexible, allowing you to pursue your personal interests.
  • We offer an attractive selection of specialized elective courses focusing on the current state of research

Program Structure

As part of the Master's degree program, students must successfully complete courses in the amount of 120 ETCS credits in the following subject areas:

Core Subjects: There are nine core subjects worth 12 ECTS credits each, three of which must be successfully completed 36
Electives: Specialized courses 31.5
Master’s Thesis: Students attend two Master’s thesis seminars (8 ECTS credits each), and submit a Master’s thesis worth 28 ECTS credits. 36
Autonomous Coursework: Additional, arbitrary courses, can be selected from other areas. 10.5
Final Examination 4.5
Total ECTS credits 120

Core Subjects

We offer the following core subject areas:

  • Algebra 
  • Analysis
  • Computer Algebra and Number Theory
  • Geometry
  • Mathematical Methods in Modeling and Data Analysis 3
  • Mathematical Models
  • Numerical Methods
  • Stochastics
  • Symbolic Logic

What You Will Learn in the Program

You not only learn how to apply existing mathematical software, you will also learn more about the required procedural and development steps behind these kinds of systems.

  • Algorithms and Software: you will learn how to design and analyze algorithms, implement algorithms in software, and test and benchmark these types of implementations.
  • Interdisciplinary Problem Solving Skills: You will practice applying mathematical software to problems occurring in other areas of mathematics or computer science, in natural sciences, in engineering, and a in social or economic context.
  • Hone Your Social Skill Set: learn to work effectively as part of a team and share information with other experts in the field.
  • Conduct Scientific Research: your acquired expertise allows you to independently conduct scientific research in mathematics, such as in the area of base-knowledge research, as well as developing methods and mathematical applications

Did you know ...?

JKU researchers apply their own software to simplify mathematical expressions. These expressions occur, for example, in particle physics, and our simplifications help to improve approximations related to certain fundamental constants found in nature.

Your Career Prospects

Graduates in Computational Mathematics are highly sought after in many areas ranging from science to software development, statistics, data analysis, or at insurance companies. This degree will open countless doors in both the public or private sector at:

  • Research and development facilities in industry, business, and in the public sector
  • Companies that require mathematical modelling to support processes
  • Companies offering financial services, such as banks and insurance companies
  • Companies in the fields of software development and information technology
  • Universities and other post-secondary educational institutions, as well as non-academic research institutions

On average, graduates in this field are hired around 2 months after graduation. After three years of professional experience, an average monthly gross salary can be € 3,701.

„Computational mathematics opens the door to groundbreaking possibilities! Perhaps YOU will revolutionize the world by breaking the RSA cryptosystem, or finding a faster algorithm to support matrix multiplication, a truly fundamental operation in modern computing.“
DI Clemens Hofstadler, Doctoral Candidate at
the Institute för Algebra
Portraitfoto Clemens Hoftadler

Admission to Studies


In order to be admitted to the Master's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.

  • Graduates of the Bachelor's degree program in Technical Mathematics at the JKU can be admitted directly to the Master's degree program in Computational Mathematics without further constraints. We also encourage graduates from Bachelor's degree programs in Mathematics or Computer Sciences at other universities to consider enrolling in the JKU's graduate degree program in Computational Mathematics.
  • A background in computer mathematics is not required; prospective students should have a strong, general background in mathematics and/or computer science. If, however, you have little or no prior education in computer mathematics, you will be required to complete selected courses in order to keep up with courses in the program. Please see the curriculum for detailed information and, if interested, we can discuss individual circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
  • Language certificate for English level B2

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Frequently Asked Questions

Computational Mathematics is the study of mathematics, however the program strongly incorporates topics and aspects in computer science.

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!

Advanced Degree Programs

After successfully completing the Master's degree program, you can opt to pursue a doctorate degree:

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