Accelerated Master's

Accelerated Master's Program in Statistics

Accelerated Master's Program in Statistics

  1. Introduction

    The Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) allows undergraduate students in Statistics an opportunity to complete the requirements for the master's degree at an accelerated pace. These undergraduate students may count up to 12 (but not fewer than 6) credit hours of 5000- or 6000-level courses taken during their undergraduate studies toward a master's degree in Statistics. This program will then allow an undergraduate student majoring in Statistics to complete an accelerated master's in Statistics by completing 142–148 combined graduate/undergraduate credit hours.

  2. Application to the Accelerated Degree Program

    2.1 A prospective student who meets the eligibility requirements (see Criteria for Admission) must set up a meeting with the Statistics Undergraduate Adviser and the Graduate Adviser to develop the Accelerated Degree Program Course Approval form.

    2.2 The prospective student must be given a copy of these guidelines.

    2.3 At the time of applying for admission to the ADP, the student must apply for graduation by completing the undergraduate audit with college advising office staff and returning the audit request to the Office of the Registrar. Before admission to an ADP program can be finalized, the student must apply for the ADP through the Office of Admissions/Graduate Admissions by submitting:

    2.3.1 a paper Application for Graduate Admission on which the applicant adds after the program code (item 15) the term “ADP” (e.g., L-MS-STAM [ADP]),

    2.3.2 application fee, and

    2.3.3 a copy of all transcripts.

    2.4 The Accelerated Degree Program Course Approval form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar after admission to the ADP, and must clearly indicate:

    2.4.1 the 5000- or 6000-level courses (a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours) that will be counted for both bachelor's and master's degrees,

    2.4.2 the graduation date for the master's degree that meets the time limit for the ADP (i.e., obtaining a master's degree in Statistics within 24 months of completing the bachelor's degree). Any changes to the ADP Course Approval form must be submitted in writing and approved by the Graduate Adviser and Graduate Dean.

  3. Criteria for Admission to the Accelerated Degree Program

    3.1 Permission to pursue an ADP does not guarantee admission to the master’s program. Admission is contingent on meeting the following eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program:

    3.1.1 Students must have completed a minimum of eighty (80) and a maximum of ninety-six (96) credit hours in their undergraduate programs, including credits earned from advanced placement.

    3.1.2 Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours as a full-time student at WMU.

    3.1.3 Students must have a minimum accumulated grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 at WMU.

    3.2 In approving the student’s application to the ADP, the department indicates to the Office of Admissions the anticipated date of admission (the term following completion of the bachelor’s degree) to the master’s program. The admission to the master’s program remains conditional until the student completes the bachelor’s degree.

  4. Requirements for Participation and Graduation

    4.1 Students must complete the bachelor's degree prior to entering the master's program. Students in the ADP may not elect to by-pass the bachelor's degree.

    4.2 Students will be allowed to count only a maximum of twelve (12) 5000- or 6000-level credits taken during their undergraduate studies toward their master's degree. These credits will be waived toward their master's degree.

    4.2.1 Registration: To register for graduate credit for the courses identified on the ADP Course Approval form, the student will need to process the registration in person at the Office of the Registrar. The ADP Course Approval form must be on file in the Registrar’s Office before the student enrolls for graduate credit.

    4.3 No more than twelve (12) hours of graduate work may be counted towards the requirements of the student's bachelor's degree.

    4.4 Students must complete the master's degree within 24 months from the completion of the bachelor's degree. If the master's program is not completed within these time limits, none of the 5000- or 6000-level courses specified in Section 2.4.1 can be counted toward the master's degree.

  5. Continuing Eligibility

    5.1 It is the responsibility of the student to recognize his/her eligibility status.

    5.2 A student completing the bachelor's degree requirements with an accumulated GPA of less than 3.25 is automatically terminated from the ADP program.

    5.3 A student who does not follow the approved ADP Course Approval form may become ineligible to participate in the ADP program.

    5.4 A student who is ineligible to participate in (or withdraws from) the ADP program can no longer qualify for waiving any of the courses specified in Section 2.4.1 toward a master's degree. These courses, however, may be counted toward the student's bachelor's degree upon the discretion of the Undergraduate Adviser.

    5.5 A student who becomes ineligible to participate in the ADP, shall be informed by the Graduate Adviser in writing of the ineligibility. A copy of this letter to the student shall be sent to the Graduate College.

  6. Withdrawal

    A student may at any time withdraw from an approved ADP by informing the Director of Undergraduate programs and the Graduate Adviser in writing. A copy of this request to withdraw must be sent to the Graduate College for approval.

  7. A Typical Plan of Study

    For a student planning an undergraduate major in Statistics, it is recommended that the student select additional electives from the list of STAT 5000-level courses that are approved for both the undergraduate major and the master’s program, such as STAT 5610, STAT 5630, STAT 5650, STAT, and STAT 5660. Other courses that could be selected are STAT 5620, STAT 6600, STAT 6620, STAT 6640, and STAT 6800. These classes would count in both programs. Up to six remaining courses could be completed in two semesters.

  8. An Alternate Undergraduate Major

    A student with an undergraduate major or minor which includes a substantial amount of mathematics (MATH 1220, 1230, 2300, 2720 and STAT 3620, 3640) could consider this ADP program culminating in an MS in Statistics degree. This would require that their undergraduate advisor agree to replacements similar to those outlined in Section 7 above. Such courses could count as electives in their undergraduate program. For example, a student in such an ADP program could obtain a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Statistics.


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