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Combined BS/MS Degrees Program

In accordance with University policy, the Mathematics and Computer Science Department offers a combined B.S./M.S. program to its academically-strong majors. Students admitted to the program have the opportunity to apply graduate credits earned while undergraduates toward fulfilling requirements of both their departmental B.S. degree and the Computational Mathematics M.S. degree. For instance, a senior in this program who needs nine credits of electives in order to complete his or her B.S. major might fulfill this elective requirement by taking appropriate graduate courses. After earning the B.S. degree, some or all of these graduate credits could potentially also be applied to earning the Computational Mathematics M.S. degree.

In order to earn both the B.S. and M.S. degrees, the student must earn at least 156 credits, 36 of which must be graduate (500-level or above) credits fulfilling requirements of the Computational Mathematics master's program. No more than 15 of these 36 graduate credits can be taken while the student is an undergraduate. A minimum of 114 of the credits earned for the B.S. must be undergraduate credits (400-level or below)

A student who expects to have earned well over 120 credits (including transfer and AP credits) when his or her Mathematics and Computer Science Department B.S. degree is awarded will likely benefit the most from the combined-degrees program. As illustrated in the curriculum examples below, such a student could potentially complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in as little as five years--four years to earn the B.S. degree and to begin earning graduate credits, one additional year to complete earning the M.S.--rather than the six years that would typically be required to earn both degrees separately. In addition to saving time, there is also potentially a significant savings financially, since a number of graduate credits can be earned while the student is paying flat-rate undergraduate tuition.

Additional advantages of the combined-degrees program include

  • the combined-degrees application process is streamlined relative to the regular M.S. application requirements (the GRE is not required and only two rather than three recommendations are required)
  • a student in the program does not need to request approval for enrolling in graduate courses, as long as the course prerequisites are met
  • a student in the program has provisional graduate admission before completion of the undergraduate degree (this becomes regular admission once the B.S. is earned)
  • a student in the program need not be concerned during his or her senior year with graduate school applications and admission decisions

Applicants to the Computational Mathematics combined-degrees program are expected to

  • be enrolled in a B.S. program offered by the department of Mathematics and Computer Science,
  • have at least junior standing,
  • have a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.25, and
  • have a QPA of at least 3.5 in Mathematics and Computer Department courses.

Duquesne students who are not formally enrolled in the combined-degrees program and yet complete Computational Mathematics graduate courses while they are undergraduates might be allowed to apply some or all of those credits not only towards a bachelor's degree, but also, if admitted, to the Computational Mathematics M.S. degree program much as combined-degrees students can. Such students should consult with the program director for details specific to their situation.

Applying

To begin an application, visit the Computational Mathematics application page.  Note that the GRE is not required, and only two letters of recommendation are needed.  The application deadline to begin the combined program in the fall semester is July 1, and the application deadline for a spring start is November 1.

Illustrative Curriculums

Possible Curriculum A (with 156-credit minumum)

YearFall semester creditsSpring semester creditsCredit summary
Freshman 15 undergrad 15 undergrad =30 undergrad credits
Sophomore 18 undergrad  18 undergrad =36 undergrad credits
application in fall
for spring start
Junior

18 undergrad
0 grad

12 undergrad
3 grad
= 30 undergrad credits
= 3 grad credits
Senior 12 undergrad
6 grad
12 undergrad
6 grad
= 24 undergrad credits
= 12 grad credits
BS Graduation = 120 undergrad credits
+ 6-12 applied grad credits to
fulfill BS requirements
possible grad-level
summer course/
internship
= 3 grad credits
MS year 9 grad

9 grad
(or 12 grad)
= 18 grad credits
(or 21 if no summer credits)
MS Graduation = 36 graduate credits
(21 + 15 previously earned)

Possible Curriculum B (with 156-credit minumum)

YearFall semester creditsSpring semester creditsCredit summary
Freshman 15 undergrad 15 undergrad =30 undergrad credits
Sophomore 18 undergrad  18 undergrad =36 undergrad credits
application in summer
for fall start
Junior

12 undergrad
3 grad

15 undergrad
3 grad
= 27 undergrad credits
= 6 grad credits
Senior 15 undergrad
3 grad
12 undergrad
6 grad
= 27 undergrad credits
= 9 grad credits
BS Graduation = 120 undergrad credits
+ 6-12 applied grad credits to
fulfill BS requirements
possible grad-level
summer course/
internship
= 3 grad credits
MS year 9 grad

9 grad
(or 12 grad)

= 18 grad credits
(or 21 if no summer credits)
MS Graduation = 36 graduate credits
(21 + 15 previously earned)

The above are models: curriculums may be adjusted depending on when a student applies, when courses are available, possible AP credits, other minor requirements, and the like.