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General Info about the Combined BS/MS

The combined BS/MS degree program in the Department of Statistics is designed for academically strong students who wish to pursue an accelerated program culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and a Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics. This five-year program allows up to 15 credits of coursework to be dually counted toward both the BS and the MS degree.

An undergraduate student wishing to enroll in this program must meet the following criteria:

1. Completion of at least 12 credits of mathematics or statistics in the undergraduate statistics major at Florida State University with a GPA of at least 3.2.

2. Completion of at least 60 credits at the Florida State University with a GPA of at least 3.0. Transfer students must have completed at least two semesters and 24 credits at FSU with the same minimum GPA.

Undergraduate students may apply as early as the second semester of their sophomore year. If accepted, they should take the GRE at the end of their junior year and apply to the graduate school during the first semester of their senior year.

In order to remain in the accelerated program a student must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in all course work and at least a 3.2 GPA in statistics courses at or above the 4000 level. The student must also be successfully admitted to the graduate school in the first semester of their fourth year. Application to the graduate school should be done as soon as possible after the student's junior year. The student must take the GRE and score a minimum of 1100. Students not accepted into the graduate school may not continue with the accelerated program.

Undergraduate work may be funded by the usual financial aid, Bright Futures scholarships, etc. Student may apply for graduate funding in the form of teaching assistantships once they have been admitted to the graduate school.

Once a student has completed the requirements for the undergraduate degree (at the end of the fourth year), they will be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree. When the requirements for the master's degree are met they will receive the Master of Science degree.

Table 1 gives a sample timeline for the completion of the combined BS/MS degree. Note that all requirements for the BS and MS must be met in addition to the courses listed here. Courses marked with an asterix (*) are taken as an undergraduate but will count for both the BS and MS degree. Any 5XXX level course (except STA 5126) offered by the Department of Statistics may be counted toward both the BS and MS degree provided the appropriate form is filled out (from registrar's office) and approvals are obtained. For details, see the undergraduate statistic handbook maintained by the department. This is just one of many sample programs. Inclusion of summer courses will change this timeline significantly. A student must always take at least 21 credits of graduate courses while enrolled as a graduate student.

Table 1: Example of a typical course program for a BS/MS combined degree:

Year Total Credits Relevant courses Special Events
Freshman 30 Fall: MAC2311, CGS3406
Spring: MAC2312
Sophomore 30 Fall: MAC2313, STA 2122
Spring: STA4203, STA 4321, MAS3105
Apply to the department during Spring for entry into the BS/MS program.
Junior 30 Fall: STA5166*, STA4202
Spring: STA5167*, STA4322
Apply to graduate school in early fall.
Take GRE at end of year
Senior 30 Fall: STA4102, STA5168*
Spring: STA5107*
Apply to graduate school in early fall.
Complete BS in May.
UG Total 120
Graduate 24 Fall: STA5939, STA 5326, STA5000 elective(x2)
Spring: STA5000 elective(x4)
Complete MS in May
Grad Total
36 (includes "*")

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