Fast Track Mathematics, BS and Mathematics, MS

Program Description

The university allows the opportunity for high-achieving students to count a select number of graduate credits toward their undergraduate degree and thereby obtain a graduate degree at an accelerated pace. Students interested in the Fast Track in Mathematics must meet the following application criteria:

  • Currently seeking a BS in Mathematics at A&M-Corpus Christi.
  • Minimum of a 3.25 GPA (no grades below C in math classes) in the last 60 SCH at the time of Fast Track application.
  • Classified as a Senior with successful completion of at least 90 SCH, including MATH 4301 Introduction to Analysis (3 sch) and MATH 4306 Modern Algebra (3 sch).

Students accepted into the Fast Track program will be given permission to enroll in up to six hours of prescribed graduate courses during their last semester of undergraduate studies. The hours for these graduate courses will “double-count” toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The BS and MS degrees will be awarded sequentially (i.e., upon completion of each degree) and not simultaneously. Students will be allowed to continue enrollment in the graduate program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must provide the following at the time of application:

  • A completed application form. Application fees are waived for Fast Track applicants.
  • Official transcripts of all college and university coursework.
  • An essay, 300-500 words in length, should discuss the applicant’s educational and professional goals, pertinent work and undergraduate experience, and other factors relating to the chosen option for graduate study.
  • One or more letters of recommendation specifically addressing an applicant’s ability to do graduate level study of mathematics may be submitted to strengthen an application. The letters should be submitted directly to the Department at the time of application.
  • A note from a faculty member willing to serve as their graduate advisor. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate advisor

No criterion is weighted more heavily than any other criterion. Applications received or completed after the deadline for admission during one semester may be considered for admission in the following semester at the applicant’s request. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email.

Academic Preparation

Applicants are expected to enter the program with adequate academic preparation. If the graduate committee determines that an applicant’s preparation is deficient, the individual will be required to complete course work to remedy these deficiencies. Such course work will be regarded as leveling work, and will not count as credit towards the total required for completion of the MS degree in mathematics.

Fast Track Curriculum in the Senior Year

BS, Mathematics students accepted in the Fast Track will substitute six semester credit hours their senior year.  Students will take any two core courses applicable to the MS program Track for which they are applying.

See the Graduate Catalog for a complete description of the degree requirements for the MS in Mathematics.