BS/MS PlusOne Program

The College of Science in conjunction with the Department of Math offers a BS/MS degree program which allows qualified undergraduate students to earn a Master’s in addition to a Bachelor’s degree with only one additional year of study. Students apply for admission to the BS/MS program just before the Fall semester of their junior year.

If you are a motivated and academically outstanding student, you can begin earning a Master’s degree, (MS), in Applied Math beginning in your junior or senior year while completing your Bachelors degree in Math. This is achieved by allowing you to “double count” up to 16 graduate credits toward both your graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.

There are three main reasons why this option might be right for you.

  • Professionals who enter the workforce with graduate level experience are often more competitive.
  • A PlusOne degree makes financial sense, since up to 16 graduate credits will count towards both your undergraduate and graduate degrees at no additional cost.
  • A PlusOne degree program can accelerate receipt of a graduate degree, since in most cases, a PlusOne degree student can obtain both their undergraduate and graduate degrees with only one additional year of study.

Are you Eligible to Apply?
If you are a Mathematics major; a Junior or Senior with a minimum QPA in Mathematics Courses of 3.7, and have a minimum overall QPA of 3.3, then we welcome your application to the PlusOne program.

When Should I Apply?
You should apply in your junior year, as this will maximize the number of PlusOne degree graduate credits in which you can enroll. However, we will also review applications from students entering their senior year.

What Graduate Courses can I take?
Students should apply to the Math PlusOne program in their junior year. They will spend one year completing their undergraduate requirements to obtain a BS in Math, and then transition to the MS part of the BS Math/MS Applied Math program.

PlusOne students must take 8 graduate courses to complete the program at least 4 of which are to be taken after transitioning. Any graduate course taken while an undergrad may count toward fulfilling undergrad requirements as well as grad requirements.

Students can distribute graduate courses in any way. It is typical to take 2 required courses and 2 electives each of the PlusOne years. The course Math Modeling, MATH5131, counts both as a graduate elective and an undergrad capstone.

Who do I contact for more Information?
Contact your Head Faculty Advisor, (Solomon, 525 Lake) who will:

  • review the admissions process
  • give you details about the program
  • provide you with a curriculum plan to determine if this program is right for you.