By applying the same courses simultaneously toward the requirements for the BA and MA degrees, an advanced student can qualify for both degrees within the four-year period of undergraduate education.
Applicants to the program should complete the standard graduate application during their junior year and no later than April 30 of that year. With the application, the applicant must supply an official copy of the current transcript and a statement of purpose. The GRE exams are not required, and the graduate application fee is waived. In addition, the applicant must have one member of the faculty of the Department of Mathematics submit a letter of recommendation.
All interested students must contact the academic program coordinator prior to applying. Admission to the program is based on excellence in upper-division mathematics courses.
All BA and MA requirements must be completed within the traditional four-year time frame. Graduate student financial support is not available for BA/MA candidates.
Caution: Students in the BA/MA program are considered graduate students by the National Science Foundation, and students are only permitted to apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship a single time while a graduate student. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you intend to pursue graduate study in the sciences, enrolling in the BA/MA may therefore reduce the number of times you are eligible to apply for the NSF graduate fellowship.
MA Degree Requirements
- Student must be a candidate for departmental honors in the mathematics major.
- Student must complete four graduate courses offered by the Department of Mathematics.
- Either one of the graduate courses or an additional course must be completed from the Topology/Geometry category of courses.
All courses used to satisfy the requirements must be completed with a grade of B- or better.
How to Apply
Concurrent Student Process
Information regarding the online application process and requirements can be found here: BA/MA Application Instructions.
The application is online. When filling out the application online, please note that the Bachelor’s/Master’s option will not be available. Please select the PhD degree option. The Graduate Studies Office will change it to the BA/MA.
The Slate system requires three letters of recommendation to be listed before allowing an applicant to continue. Simply list the correct recommender for one of the letters and then fill in your name and no email for the remainder as a placeholder. This will circumvent the system and allow you to proceed.
The math department does not charge the application fee.
International concurrent applicants who are accepted and processed for enrollment will have to provide documentation of financial support (in the form of an updated statement of financial resources).