“Four plus” BA/MA program
In conjunction with the University of Maine Graduate School, the Department of Mathematics & Statistics offers the opportunity for ambitious mathematics majors to begin taking graduate courses during their senior year, with the possibility of double-counting these credits toward the BA and the MA. Enterprising students will then be able to get an MA by staying on just one extra year. Many such students receive a full tuition waiver and a living stipend by serving as a teaching assistant (offered on a competitive basis) during the fifth year. The BA/MA program is designed to prepare math students in teaching or industry, with many students continuing into PhD programs.
1. Interested UMaine undergraduates should apply by February 1 of their junior year (the year in which they have at least 60 but no more than 100 completed credit hours applicable towards graduation). The application materials shall consist of the following:
- A transcript (unofficial is fine).
- A statement of purpose in which either the thesis option (4+2) or the non-thesis option (4+1) is specified.
- A program of study prepared in consultation with an advisor from the Graduate Faculty indicating coursework that will lead to the degree within the required time-frame.
- A least two letters of recommendation to be sent directly by the faculty members to the Graduate Coordinator.
- GRE scores (optional, but see item 6 below).
Application materials will be submitted directly to the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. The Graduate Committee will make its decision on provisional admission for each applicant by April 1 of the same year, and submit the names and programs of study of all provisionally admitted 4+ students to the Graduate School.
2. Students must maintain an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 from the time of application through graduation.
3. Students must be on track to completing the undergraduate core requirements by the end of the Junior year, with the exception of the Capstone in Mathematics which requires Senior standing. The core classes at this time are: MAT 126, 127, 228, (Calculus I, II, III), MAT 261 (Intro to Abstract Math), MAT 262 (Linear Algebra), MAT 425 (Real Analysis I), MAT 434 (Intro to Statistics), and one of: MAT 463 (Abstract Algebra I), MAT 465 (Theory of Numbers), MAT 481 (Discrete Mathematics).
4. Before graduation, provisionally admitted students may take up to nine credits of 500‐level MAT courses towards the MA degree which will also count towards the Bachelor’s degree (joint credits). 400-level courses cannot be double-counted.
5. During the Senior year, students must enroll in MAT 401 (Capstone in Mathematics). For 4+2 students, research for the capstone will be conducted under supervision of an advisor from the Graduate Faculty, with the idea that it will lead into a Master’s thesis.
6. In January of the Senior year, provisionally admitted students must formally apply for admission to the graduate program through the Graduate School (including payment of the application fee). Submission of GRE scores is optional for such students, but students wishing to be considered for assistantships should be aware that they will be compared with applicants for whom GRE scores are required.
7. Upon graduation with a Bachelor’s degree with satisfactory performance (defined as 3.5 cumulative GPA and no grade below “B” in the courses to be double-counted for the MA degree), the student may be formally matriculated into the Master’s program. Matriculation in the MA program must occur within three months after receiving their Bachelor’s degree in order to use the joint credits. Under extraordinary circumstances, a student may petition to delay matriculation up to an additional 12 months at the discretion of the Graduate Committee and the Graduate School.
8. Upon matriculating into the graduate program, the existing MA program requirements will apply.
9. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships will be available to matriculated graduate students. Recipients are selected on a competitive basis from the whole pool of eligible graduate students.
10. Students may switch between the 4+1 and 4+2 options at any time with approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
11. Any 4+2 student who does not complete the Master’s degree within 27 months of matriculation or any 4+1 student who does not complete the Master’s degree within 15 months of matriculation will not be allowed to count toward their Master’s degree any courses also applied to the Bachelor’s degree unless the student’s committee petitions the Graduate School for an extension due to extraordinary circumstances and the Graduate School grants the exception.