BA/MA in Mathematics
Students entering the BA/MA in Mathematics program will elect one of two options: mathematics or statistics. Both options emphasize breadth of coverage of basic topics of current general importance, as opposed to narrow specialization. The objective of the program in statistics is to train general practitioners capable of making immediate contributions in industry, the medical sciences, government, or private educational and research institutions.
Potential applicants must first complete at least one upper-level course (400 level or higher statistics course for the statistics option, and 500 level or higher mathematics course for the mathematics option). As part of the application, one of the letters of recommendation should be provided by the instructor of such a course. Students in the BA/MA program must elect and complete the BA major in mathematics (1701). In addition, students must complete the master’s degree requirements, which consist of a coherent program of eight graduate-level (500 or above) mathematics courses and comprehensive exams.
No overlap is permitted between mathematics courses taken to satisfy the BA requirements and those taken to satisfy the MA requirements. The total number of courses taken for both degrees, including distribution courses and electives, can be reduced to as few as 36, provided that all requirements are met.
For further specific information concerning the BA/MA in Mathematics program, please consult an advisor in the department. For general information please see BA/MA program.