Advisor: Dr. Joshua Naranjo
The Accelerated Degree Program (AGDP) allows undergraduate students in statistics an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees 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 within 24 months after completion of their bachelor’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 152 combined graduate/undergraduate credit hours.
Application to the AGDP Program
A prospective student who meets the eligibility requirements (see Criteria for Admission) must set up a meeting with the statistics undergraduate advisor and the graduate advisor to develop Plans of Work for the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
The prospective student must be given a copy of these guidelines.
Before admission to an AGDP program can be finalized, students must submit the standard application for admission to the Office of Admissions/graduate admissions including:
- an application
- application fee
- a copy of all transcripts
- a Plan of Graduate Work, signed by the prospective student, the undergraduate advisor and the graduate advisor
The Plan of Graduate Work for the master’s degree must clearly indicate:
- 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,
- the graduation date for the master’s degree that meets the time limit for the AGDP (i.e. obtaining a masters degree in statistics within 24 months of completing the bachelor’s degree). Any changes to the AGDP Plan of Graduate Work must be submitted in writing and approved by the graduate advisor and the graduate dean.
Criteria for Admission to the AGDP program
Permission to pursue an AGDP does not guarantee admission to the Graduate College. Admission is contingent on meeting the following eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program:
- Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours as a full-time student at WMU.
- Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 at WMU.
Requirements for Participation and Graduation
Students must complete the bachelor’s degree prior to entering the master’s program. Students in the AGDP may not elect to by-pass the bachelor’s degree.
Students will be allowed to count up to a maximum of 12 credit hours of 5000 or 6000 level courses taken during their undergraduate studies toward their master’s degree. These credits will be waived toward their master’s degree.
No more that 12 credit hours of graduate work may be counted towards the requirements of the student’s bachelors degree.
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 the Plan of Graduate Work can be counted toward the master’s degree. Extension to this time-line may be granted by the graduate advisor only in special circumstances.
It is the responsibility of the student to recognize his/her eligibility status.
A student completing the bachelor’s degree requirements with an accumulated GPA of less than 3.25 is automatically terminated from the AGDP.
A student who does not follow the approved Plan of Graduate Work may become ineligible to participate in the AGDP program.
A student who is ineligible to participate in (or withdraws from) the AGDP can no longer qualify for waiving any of the courses specified in the Plan of Graduate Work toward a master’s degree. These courses, however, may be counted toward the student’s bachelor’s degree upon the discretion of the undergraduate advisor.
A student who becomes ineligible to participate in the AGDP, shall be informed by the graduate advisor in writing of the ineligibility. A copy of this letter to the student shall be sent to the Graduate College.
For a student planning an undergraduate major in statistics, it is recommended that the student selects 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, 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.
An Alternate Undergraduate Major
Students with an undergraduate major which requires a substantial amount of mathematics courses (MATH 1220, MATH 1230, MATH 2300, MATH 2720, STAT 3620, and STAT 3640) might also be eligible to enroll in this accelerated program. They would first need to obtain permission from their major department that the identified 5000 level courses are available to use as electives or to complete the 122 required hours. They would follow the same admission procedure to the accelerated program and would then work with the statistics advisor to get the required paperwork, outlining the accelerated degree courses, filed with the registrar’s office. In this way, for example, a student could obtain an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in statistics.