The character of modern industry and business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has developed in terms of sophistication and variety over the last few decades. As a result the demand for manpower with a broad-based knowledge and ability to tackle the problems arising from industry as well as financial institutions has arisen. In USA and Europe such a demand has provoked the universities to introduce graduate programs in the so- called Industrial Mathematics. One may describe an industrial mathematician as one who can




§         present the solution in a way the users in industry or finance are familiar with.


Thus an Industrial Mathematician should normally work with engineers, economists and scientists and especially be able to speak their language. He should be able to develop new models, adopt the existing ones to situation at hand and present the results in an understandable way. He can not only develop mathematical models but also simulate and implement these on computer. “Industrial Mathematics” therefore is not a restriction of Mathematics to certain areas, but it is an extension and supplement of Mathematics.


The Department of Mathematical Sciences at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, is preparing to introduce a graduate program to fulfill the above-mentioned objectives with special reference to Saudi industry and financial sector. The program aims at providing the background necessary to deal with the technological, economical and environmental problems with the help of mathematical modeling. The typical models are to be selected from the Saudi industry and financial institutions. The title of the thesis will also be related to the needs and requirements of the Saudi industry/financial organizations/banking system etc.


The success story of such a program in the West is heavily dependent upon the involvement of the industrial and the financial sectors.  KFUPM also urges the Saudi Industrial sector and financial institutions to actively participate in the program. At this stage, your input regarding the needs of your organization will be most helpful to shape the program, which meets your requirements and achieves the desired goals.





Degree to be awarded:


Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics


Eligibility for Admission:


·        A Bachelor's degree in an area of mathematical sciences, computer science, engineering or related field.

·        Completion of advanced calculus sequence and a course on mathematical methods

·        Knowledge of programming language.


Core Courses:


There are three core courses to prepare the student to have adequate background to be able to tackle practical problems arising in industry.

1.      Modeling and Simulation of Real World Problems

2.      Applied Functional Analysis

3.      Applied Numerical Analysis


Elective Courses:


The remaining five courses can be taken from topics such as Computational Fluid Mechanics, Elasticity and Plasticity, Wavelet Methods and Time Series, Algorithm Optimization, Design and Analysis of Experiments, Inverse and Ill-posed problems, Current Topics in Industrial Mathematics, Applied Computational Algebra, Topics in Financial Mathematics. Out of these elective courses two courses may be taken from outside the Department.


MS Thesis:


The student is expected to base his thesis on a topic directly relevant to Saudi industry or financial sector.


Contact Address

Department of Mathematical Sciences
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals,
Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia


For more information on this program please contact 

Dr. F. Zaman,

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals,
Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia