Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Statistics

Requirements for a Combined Five-Year Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Statistics

Admission to the program requires the approval of both the undergraduate and graduate directors. Students need to apply for MA or MS in Statistics officially through GATS ( The minimum requirements for admission are as follows.

  1. Two letters of recommendation
  2. A minimum high school GPA of 3.25 or top 10% of class
  3. An SAT score of at least 1270 with a math score of at least 650

Requirements for a Combined BS and MA in Statistics

  1. Introductory Mathematics Courses: MATH 0220, 0230, 0240, and 0280 or 1180
  2. Introduction to Applied Statistics and Applied Regression: STAT 1000, STAT 1221, and STAT 1223 where STAT 1223 is a W (writing) course
  3. Three Introductory Applied Statistics Courses from the following list: STAT 1201, 1211, 1231, 1241, 1251, 1291-1294
  4. One Intermediate Applied Statistics course from the following list: STAT 1301, 1311, 1321
  5. Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics: STAT 1151 and 1152
  6. Intermediate Probability and Mathematical Statistics: STAT 1631 and 1632
  7. Applied Statistical Methods 1 and 2: STAT 2131 and 2132
  8. Supervised Statistical Consulting: STAT 2381
  9. Electives in Statistics: Three additional courses, at least two of which must be graduate-level courses. STAT 2711 and 2712 are excluded, and courses at the 3000 level must be approved by the student's advisor.
  10. One graduate-level course from outside of the department, chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor
  11. Passing the Preliminary Evaluation, equivalent to receiving grades B or higher in STAT 1631-1632 and STAT 2131-2132.

Requirements for a Combined BS and MS in Statistics

Requirements #1-11 as above except that requirement #9 is reduced to one undergraduate or graduate course. In addition, the student must write and successfully defend a master's thesis. It is the student's responsibility to find a faculty member to direct his/her master thesis upon the entrance of the master program.  

Grade Requirement

Students in the program must earn at least a B grade in each required course as well as maintain a 3.25 QPA.

Sample Schedule

First Year: MATH 0220, STAT 1000, MATH 0230, STAT 1221, STAT 1223
Second Year: MATH 0240, STAT 12xx, MATH 0280, STAT 12xx
Third Year: STAT 1151, STAT 12xx, STAT 1152, STAT 13xx
Fourth Year: STAT 1631, STAT 2131, STAT 1632, STAT 2132, STAT 2xxx. Pass the Preliminary Evaluation. 

Fifth Year: Must register for two terms, 9 credits each. Take STAT 2381; two STAT electives or master's thesis; one outside graduate-level course.

Comparison of Programs

Separately, the Bachelor of Science in Statistics requires 50 credits and the Master's of Applied Statistics requires 33 credits, of which 21 must be graduate level. The combined program requires 69 credits, of which 21 must be graduate level. At least 18 graduate-level credits must be completed as a graduate student. In addition, the MA degree cannot be awarded until 12 months after receiving the bachelor's degree.