Accelerated BS/BA in Mathematics to MS in Mathematical Sciences Program

The Accelerated BS/BA in Mathematics to MS in Mathematical Sciences Program is for mathematics majors interested in pursuing a MS in Mathematics after graduation. It is intended to serve as a fast path for completing a master’s degree following completion of an undergraduate degree, condensing what would normally be about six years of study into about five years. By accelerating the completion of two degrees, students will jump start their careers as professionals and potentially for doctoral study. The Accelerated Program makes graduate education more accessible and affordable to students interested in pursuing advanced studies, as well as makes them more employable with an advanced degree.

The BS/BA in Mathematics is 120 credits. The MS in Mathematics is 33 credits with a research project, or 36 credits without a research project. In this program, students are allowed to double count 12 credits of graduate courses. These 12 credits satisfy upper level credits for the undergraduate degree, as well as satisfy course requirements in the MS graduate degree.

Application Process

Students are strongly encouraged to apply to the Accelerated BS/BA to MS program before the end of their junior year to help ensure that they have the full subsequent year to begin taking appropriate courses for graduate credit, lessening the course load they will need to carry in their fifth year.

  • Undergraduate students may apply and be accepted any time after completing 75 hours or more of undergraduate coursework. However, at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework must have been completed by the time the first graduate MS Mathematics course is taken.
  • All applicants must have at least a 3.2 overall GPA and at least a 3.5 major GPA at UA Little Rock in order to be considered. Students who have transferred to our program can participate in the Accelerated BS/BA to MS Program provided their relevant transfer coursework (i.e., courses taken at other institutions that are being used to meet our BS/BA degree requirements) also meets the 3.2 minimum GPA and 3.5 minimum major GPA criteria. The GRE requirement for the MS program is waived for students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students with an overall GPA between 3.2 and 3.5 may apply using the GRE option.
  • All applicants must complete an application for and be accepted into the MS in mathematics program and Graduate School.
  • All applicants must complete an Early-Entry Program form and be approved for admission by the MS Mathematics graduate coordinator. The MS Mathematics Graduate Coordinator’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. The Early Entry form must be approved by the MS Mathematics Graduate Coordinator before the student begins graduate coursework. Failure to obtain prior approval negates the ability to “double count” courses.
  • If, at the end of the student’s baccalaureate degree, an Accelerated BS/BA to MS student has failed to meet the Graduate School admission requirement of a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA, the student will be dismissed from the MS Mathematics program.

Once a completed application has been received by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the student will be notified quickly, generally within 30 days, whether they have been accepted into the Accelerated BS/BA to MS program.

Acceptance into the Accelerated BS/BA to MS program indicates a commitment by the student to pursue the MS degree in mathematics after the completion of the BS/BA in mathematics.

A completed application consists of

  • Completed graduate application form for the UALR Graduate School,
  • Completed Early-Entry Program form
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a university faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (letters are to be submitted directly by recommenders)
  • Portfolio of work in mathematics courses (optional)

Submit your application to the Accelerated BS/BA to MS Program Coordinator. This person is currently Dr. Annie Childers, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, ETAS 410A, University of AR at Little Rock, 2801 South University, 72204. Applications may be submitted by email to abchilders@ualr.edu as a single WORD or PDF document.