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Co-Terminal 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 you to complete your bachelor's and master's degrees at the same time in as few as five years. This program can potentially reduce the time to earn an M.S. degree by up to at least one year with sufficient AP or transfer credits. You must complete the credit hour requirements for both degrees, but credit sharing up to nine hours is allowed between the two degree programs. Take advantage of advanced or transfer credits when entering Illinois Tech. Instead of graduating from Illinois Tech in four years with only a B.S. degree, you can stay at Illinois Tech and take graduate-level courses that will be counted toward earning a graduate degree. The core and course requirements for each degree program remain the same.

A research–oriented program also is an option, especially if you have taken advanced courses in high school, and are keen on continuing graduate studies. A sample five-year plan is provided below. In the following sample program, it is assumed you take no more than one summer course during the entire program. You may finish earlier if you take more courses during the summer. Participate in research projects conducted 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. Providing 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. Offering chances to link the advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work.
  3. Providing research opportunities during early years of study.
  4. Preparation for a Ph.D. program in Applied Mathematics or Mathematics at an elite graduate school.
  5. Offering an enhanced academic environment with accelerated learning.
  6. Simplifying the graduate admission procedure.

Admission 

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

  1. Have completed four semesters of full-time study in the B.S. program, or have at least 80 credit hours (including transferred credits).
  2. Have an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
  3. 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.

You must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better in order to continue the combined program. You 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 are subject to credit sharing of up to nine credits as mentioned above.

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

Financial Assistance

Research Assistantships may be offered at any time during the program. You will be eligible for all scholarships and financial aid packages for undergraduates, as long as you don't have a B.S. degree. Dean's Fellowship eligibility continue when you 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, you can apply for external funding. For example, you can apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship in your fourth year and fifth year of the five-year program.

Course of Study 

Five-year Sample Program

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 200-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 Sci.
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 & Applications
4
3
3

3
3
Totals   16
     
Fourth semester    
MATH 350
MATH 380
Applied Math Elective
Minor Subject
Humanities or Social Sci.
Humanities or Social Sci.
Intro. Computational Math.
Intro. Mathematical Modeling
3
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   18
     
Fifth semester    
MATH 400
MATH 475
Applied Math Elective
Minor Subject
Humanities or Social Sci.
Humanities or Social Sci.
Real Analysis
Probability
3
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   18
     
Sixth semester    
Applied Math Elective
Graduate Math Course
Minor Subject
Science Elective
IPRO 397
  3
3
3
3
3
Total   15
     
Seventh semester    
MATH 500
MATH 577
Applied Math Elective
Applied Math Elective
Minor Subject
Applied Analysis I
Computational Mathematics I
3
3
3
3
3
Totals   15
     
Eighth semester    
Graduate Math Course
Graduate Math Course
Free Elective
Humanities or Social Sci.
IPRO 497
  3
3
3
3
3
Totals   15
     
Ninth semester    
Graduate Math Course
Graduate Math Course
Graduate Math 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

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