Dec 10, 2023
The Early Entry Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics program consists of 120 credits. The Master of Science in Mathematical Science is 33 credits with a research project, or 36 credits without a research project. Students who are accepted into the program can complete both their B.A. and M.S. program in about 5 years.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply to the Early Entry B.A. to M.S. 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 can apply and be accepted any time after completing 75 or more hours of undergraduate coursework. However, at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework must have been completed by the time the first graduate 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 Early Entry B.A. to M.S. Program provided their relevant transfer coursework (i.e., courses taken at another institution used to meet our B.A. degree requirements) also meets the 3.2 minimum GPA and 3.5 minimum major GPA criteria. The GRE requirement for the M.S. 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.
Things to Know
- All applicants must complete an application for and be accepted into the M.S. in mathematics program and UA Little Rock Graduate School.
- All applicants must complete an Early Entry Program form and be approved for admission by the M.S. Mathematics graduate coordinator. The M.S. Mathematics Graduate Coordinator’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. The Early Entry form must be approved by the M.S. 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 Early Entry B.A. to M.S. student has failed to meet the Graduate School admission requirement of a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA, the student will be dismissed from the M.S. Mathematics program.
- Contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for forms and information before applying.
- Complete graduate application form for the UA Little Rock Graduate School,
- Complete Early-Entry Program form
- Submit 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)
- Submit a portfolio of your work in mathematics courses (optional)
- Once accepted into a graduate program, students can take up to 12 hours of graduate coursework, which will count towards both the baccalaureate degree and the graduate degree. Individual graduate programs may allow fewer graduate hours to be taken at the undergraduate level; students should check with their prospective program to determine these limits.
- Students must finish their baccalaureate degrees before they complete 15 hours of graduate coursework.
- To ensure that they follow the proper degree plan, students must meet with a graduate-level advisor upon acceptance to the Early Entry program to map out the graduate courses they will take.
- Accepted students will have provisional status in the graduate program, pending the award of their baccalaureate degree.
- Early Entry students who fail to meet the Graduate School admission requirement of an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA and no grades below a B once they obtain their baccalaureate degree will be dismissed from the graduate program.
- Students accepted into the Early Entry program will be subject to the same policies as traditionally matriculated graduate students.
- The Early Entry B.A. to M.S. program may not be used in conjunction with the credit reservation program; therefore, no graduate courses. taken before admission to the Early Entry B.A. to M.S. program may be applied to the M.S. Mathematics degree.
To see the courses and detailed information for the Mathematics B.A. degree and M.S. degree, see links below: