Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Have you ever wondered

  • Why are you accepted — or denied — credit when applying for a loan?
  • Why does your insurance premium change depending on the provider?
  • Why did you receive a Capital One credit card offer but your neighbor did not?
  • How does a nonprofit business decide who and how much to solicit for a donation?
  • How do you design a statistical experiment to determine if one drug is better than the other?

If so, then you have the curiosity it takes to be an Applied Mathematics and Statistics major.

A vast amount of data is generated daily, and graduates must have a firm understanding of mathematical and statistical concepts and be competent in statistical software to be a successful professional in today's data environment.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics provides you with a range of skills and the broad knowledge required to solve real-world problems with the application of mathematical and statistical principles.

As an Applied Mathematics and Statistics major, you are also eligible to earn the SAS® Certificate in data mining by taking four specific courses from your list of seven major electives. Bryant is among only 18 universities worldwide to offer this joint program approved by the SAS Institute.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Upon graduating, you will be equipped to enter careers in government agencies and consulting firms, or work as a financial analyst, statistical analyst, or financial consultant. You will also be well prepared to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics, statistics, or economics.

Applied Mathematics and Statistics faculty

If you major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, you will learn from some of the best analytical thinkers in the country. Billie Anderson, Ph.D., coordinator of the program, spent four years at SAS as a research statistician and developed statistical algorithms for the banking and insurance sectors and has an extensive background in biostatistics and healthcare informatics. Thomas Hartl, Ph.D., is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial  Society. He joined the Bryant faculty from PwC, where he worked for 11 years as an actuarial consultant, and for three years as an IT consultant. Lecturer Michael Salzillo is a former chief statistician at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

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Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • Early Decision 1 - Nov. 17, 2014
  • Early Action - Dec. 1, 2014
  • Early Decision 2 - Jan. 15, 2015
  • Regular Decision – Feb. 2, 2015

To learn more, please contact:

Billie Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Coordinator, Applied Mathematics and Statistics Program
(401) 232-6089


Alan Olinsky, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics

This Distinguished Faculty Award recipient recently co-founded the Advanced Applied Analytics Center at Bryant University to support the broadening relationship between analytics, research, and solutions to real-world problems. As an example, a daylong symposium showcasing innovative analytics applications in the humanities and social sciences was held on campus in November and featured keynote speaker Amelia Showalter, director of analytics for President Obama's 2012 campaign.

"Bryant is known for its exceptional faculty," he says. "Professors, instructors, and lecturers teach our students. We don't use teaching assistants." 


Colleen Johnson '12
Fund Accountant,
State Street in Boston

"At Bryant, I have been able to learn multiple statistical analysis programs, and thanks to the school’s connection with the SAS Institute, a leader in business analytics, I have been able to become certified in data mining," says Johnson.

My best experience was working on my Capstone Project, going through every step of the data analysis process. Phyllis Schumacher, Ph.D., and Alan Olinsky, Ph.D., are two of the best professors. They provided me with wonderful guidance and insight throughout my college career.

Proud of her Bryant degree

Amanda Zagame ‘11
MA candidate Math & Stats 
Boston University

“The Bryant experience – especially being part of the Honors program – was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I pushed myself further than I ever thought I could. And, in the end, I’m really proud of what I accomplished here,” says Amanda Zagame ’11 who is now pursuing a master’s in Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University. “Bryant students are more focused, determined, and diligent than students I’ve met from other colleges because … the Amica Center drills it into our heads that we are entering highly competitive fields and we have to set ourselves apart.”