Mathematics & Statistics Graduate Program

Bachelors/Masters Five Year Degree Plan

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has a program that enables a student majoring in mathematics to receive a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a five year period. The key feature of the program is that a student can count up to 12 hours of graduate level courses satisfying requirements for the B.A. or B.S. toward the M.A. or M.S. in Mathematics.

This program is designed for students in the B.A. or B.S. program in Mathematics at UNCW who have:

  1. Completed a minimum of seventy-five (75) and a maximum of ninety-eight (98) credit hours in their undergraduate programs in mathematics, including credits earned from advanced placement if they start at UNCW or are transfer students and have completed a minimum of two semesters as a full-time student at UNCW, a minimum of 24 hours.
  2. Completed a minimum of nine (9) hours of 300-400 level mathematics or statistics courses.
  3. A minimum accumulated grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all 300-400 level mathematics or statistics courses at UNCW.

If you meet the above criteria, you can apply for this program. First obtain an application form from the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Return the completed form to the Graduate Coordinator.  Departmental permission to apply to the Bachelor's/ Master's degree program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School. Admission is contingent of meeting eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program.

If you are accepted to this program, then you must complete the following steps:

  • During your senior year, you must submit the standard application for admission to the Graduate School including: an application form for Graduate School, application fee, transcripts, and GRE scores.
  • A Graduate Degree Plan, signed by the prospective student, the Department Chair, and Graduate Coordinator must be submitted before the end of the senior year.

In addition, the Graduate Degree Plan for the Master's degree must clearly indicate:

  • courses (maximum of 12 graduate credit hours) that will be double-counted for both Bachelor's and Master's degrees;
  • additional graduate courses that will be taken during the senior year but not counted toward the Bachelor's degree;
  • the student intends to fulfill his/her course requirements for the masters' degree no later than a year after receiving the bachelors' degree; and
  • intended graduation date for the Master's degree.

Upon review of the submitted materials by the Graduate School, a letter of acceptance (or denial) to the Master's program, will be sent to the student and copied to the Department Chair and the Graduate Coordinator. Acceptance will be provisional and contingent on meeting specified degree requirements; including completion of the Bachelor's degree.

A student who is ineligible to participate or continue in, or withdrawals from the Bachelor's/Master's program cannot double count any courses for both Bachelor's and Master's degrees.