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Bachelor of Science / Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

The Co-Terminal Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics/Master of Science in Applied Mathematics Degree allows talented students to complete their bachelor's degree and master's degree at the same time in as few as five years. A typical M.S. degree requires two years after the B.S. degree. This program can potentially reduce the time to an M.S. degree by up to at least one year for select students with sufficient AP or transfer credits. The program requires that students complete the credit hour requirements for both degrees, but credit sharing of up to nine hours is allowed between the two degree programs and students can take advantage of advanced or transfer credits they have when entering IIT. Instead of graduating from IIT in four years with only a B.S. degree, the students can stay at IIT and take graduate-level courses that will be counted toward earning a graduate degree. The core and course requirements for each of the degree programs remain the same.

A faster and, if preferred, research oriented program can also be an option, especially for incoming students that have taken advanced courses in high school, and students who are keen on continuing for graduate studies and participating in research. A sample five-year plan is provided below. In the following sample program, students are assumed to take at most one summer course during the entire program. They may finish even earlier if they take more courses during the summer. Students can participate in the research projects being carried out in the department, possibly in MATH 491 (undergraduate independent study) and continuing in MATH 591 (M.S. thesis).

The advantages of the co-terminal degree program are:

  1. Provide high-quality students opportunities to obtain both B.S. and M.S. degrees within five years, cutting the length of an M.S. degree by up to at least one year.
  2. Offer students chances to link the advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work.
  3. Provide students with research opportunities during their early years of study.
  4. Prepare bright students for a Ph.D. program in Applied Mathematics or Mathematics at an elite graduate school.
  5. Offer an enhanced academic environment with accelerated learning.
  6. Simplify the graduate admission procedure.

Admission 


Because the program is designed for high quality students who are determined to get an advanced degree in Applied Mathematics or Mathematics, the math course loads are heavy in most semesters. The students satisfying the following requirements are eligible to apply to the B.S./M.S. combined program:

  1. The student must have completed four semesters of full-time study in the B.S. program, or have at least 80 credit hours (including transferred credits).
  2. The student must have an overall GPA of 3.25 or better for all courses.
  3. The student must have a GPA of 3.5 or better for math courses.

Applications must be accompanied by an official transcript and three letters of recommendation. At least two letters of recommendation are from departmental faculty members. These two letters shall attest to readiness and probable success in completing the graduate program. GRE scores are not required for this co-terminal degree program. Applications are reviewed and processed by the Graduate Director of the department.

Students must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.00 or better in order to continue the combined program.The student will obtain two degrees, one is a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and the other an M.S. in Applied Mathematics. Credit requirements of both degrees subject to credit sharing of up to nine credits as mentioned above.

The students in the program may choose to obtain a B.S. only and not complete the requirements of the M.S. Degree. The credit hours in graduate-level math courses will be counted toward the B.S. degree requirements as applied math electives or free electives. Students in the program cannot obtain an M.S. degree unless they satisfy the requirements of the B.S. degree and get a B.S. degree in applied mathematics.

Financial Assistance

Students may be offered Research Assistantships at any time during the program. Students in the program will be eligible for all scholarships and financial aid packages for undergraduates, as long as they don't have a B.S. degree. They are eligible for Dean's Fellowships when they have obtained the equivalent credit requirement for a B.S. degree and still have at least 18 credit hours to complete the combined degree program. Furthermore, students in the program can apply for external funding. For example, they can apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship in their fourth year and fifth year of the five-year program.

Course of Study 

Five-year Sample Program

For the graduate degree, we require students take at least two core sequences. In the sample program, we assume that students take MATH 577 and 578, and either MATH 543 and MATH 544 or MATH 500 and MATH 501. However, any two core sequences are allowable. Three of these four core sequence courses will be credit-shared with the undergraduate program and count as one of the six required MATH electives, and two of the three free electives included in the standard B.S. program, i.e., the sample program below still contains five applied math electives and one free elective.

Should a student come in with AP credit for at least MATH 151 (Calculus I), then no summer courses will be required. This is a very common scenario.

Five year B.S./M.S. Co-Terminal in Applied Mathematics Sample Program

First semester  
Credits
MATH 100 
MATH 151
CS 115
Humanities 100-level Elective
Science Elective
Intro. to the Profession
Calculus I
Intro. to Computer Prog. I
 
3
5
2
3

3
Totals   16
Second semester    
MATH 152
MATH 230 
CS 116 
PHYS 123
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Calculus II
Intro. to Discrete Math
Intro. to Computer Prog. II
General Physics I: Mechanics
5
3
2
4
3
Totals   17
     
1st-year Summer    
MATH 251 Multivar & Vector Calc. 4
Totals   4
     
Third semester    
MATH 252
MATH 332
MATH 430 or
MATH 454
Minor Subject
Science Elective
Intro to Diff  Equations
Elementary Linear Algebra 
Applied Algebra or
Graph Theory & App
4
3
3

3
3
Totals   16
     
Fourth semester    
MATH 350
MATH 402
Applied Math Elective
Minor Subject
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Intro. Computational Math.
Complex Analysis
3
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   18
     
Fifth semester    
MATH 400
MATH 475
Applied Math Elective
Minor Subject
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Humanities or Social Science Elective
Real Analysis
Probability
3
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   18
     
Sixth semester    
Applied Math Elective
MATH 5xx
Minor Subject
Science Elective
IPRO 397
  3
3
3
3
3
Total   15
     
Seventh semester    
Applied Math Elective
MATH 500 or
MATH 543
MATH 577
Applied Math Elective
Minor Subject

Applied Analysis I or
Stochastic Analysis
Computational Mathematics I
3
3

3
3
3
Totals   15
     
Eighth semester    
MATH 501 or
MATH 544
MATH 578
Free Elective
Humanities or Social Science Elective
IPRO 497
Applied Analysis II or
Stochastic Analysis
Computational Mathematics II
3

3
3
3
3
Totals   15
     
Ninth semester    
Graduate Course
Graduate Course
Graduate Course
  3
3
3
Totals   9
     
Tenth semester    
Graduate Course
MATH 591
Research and Thesis for M.S. Degree 3
6
Totals   9
     
Total credit hours 119 (Undergraduate, 100-400 level) + 33 (Graduate, 500 level) = 152

For general questions about the co-terminal degrees, see the FAQ.  For specific questions about the BS/MS in Applied Mathematics, you can contact Professor Xiaofan Li (lix@iit.edu) or Professor Greg Fasshauer (fasshauer@iit.edu).