Early Entry Program

Program Description

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may be accepted into the Master of Science in Mathematics and begin work toward a graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.

  1. The Early Entry Program is accelerated in which up to 12 hours earned at the graduate level may be substituted for required undergraduate hours. In other words, up to 12 hours of graduate work may be "double counted" toward both the baccalaureate and graduate degrees.
  2. Admission to the Early Entry Program is limited to two semesters pending the award of the undergraduate degree. Exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis.
  3. Students admitted to the Early Entry program may only be considered for a graduate assistantship after they complete the baccalaureate degree. Students admitted to the Early Entry Program pay undergraduate tuition and fees for all courses (graduate and undergraduate) for which they register until such time that the baccalaureate degree is earned.

Admission Requirements

  1. A student may be accepted into the Early Entry Program at any time after completion of 75 semester hours of undergraduate work applicable to the appropriate degree although it is expected that close to 90 hours will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken.
  2. The application process and all required documentation (e.g., test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation) are the same for early entry students as for other applicants to the program.
  3. To be accepted into the Early Entry Program, an undergraduate student must have at least a 3.2 cumulative undergraduate GPA and a minimum 3.3 GPA in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
  4. Admission must be recommended by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and approved by the Graduate School. The admission status will be “provisional" pending the award of the undergraduate degree.

Continued Enrollment Requirements

  1. Once admitted, a student must complete an Early-Entry Program Form and have it approved by both the Graduate Program Director and the Graduate School.  Failure to obtain prior Graduate School approval negates a student's ability to "double-count" courses in the accelerated Early Entry program.
  2. Early entry students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA while enrolled in the Early Entry Program. Students who do not meet the normal admission requirement of a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA at the end of his/her baccalaureate degree will be dismissed from the graduate program.
  3. Students accepted into the Early Entry Program will be subject to the same policies that pertain to other matriculated graduate students. Generally, it will be assumed that early entry students will finish their baccalaureate degrees before they complete 15 hours of graduate work.

Timetable for Gaining Admission to the Early Entry Program

  1. First semester of junior year -- meet with the M.S. Program Director to receive advising about the Early Entry program.
  2. Junior year -- take GRE exams (only verbal, quantitative, and analytic parts are required).
  3. Second semester of junior year -- complete and submit early-entry application for graduate study in M.S. in Mathematics to the Graduate School.
  4. End of senior year -- successfully complete requirements for B.S. degree in Mathematics, up to 12 hours of undergraduate course work can be substituted with corresponding graduate courses (and these graduate courses can also be applied to the M.S. degree).

Approved Course Substitutions

(a) B.S. in Math - M.S. in Math: General Math
B.S. in Math Requirements Graduate Substitutions
 MATH 3141 Advanced Calculus I  MATH 5143 Analysis I
 MATH 3142 Advanced Calculus II  MATH 5144 Analysis II
 3 hours from MATH 3123/4163/4164/4181  
           MATH 4163 Modern Algebra  MATH 5163 Modern Algebra
           MATH 4164 Abstract LInear Algebra  MATH 5164 Abstract LInear Algebra
           MATH 4181 Introduction to Topology  MATH 5181 Introduction to Topology
 9 hours from MATH 3XXX/4XXX

 Any graduate MATH courses listed under M.S. in  Math - General Math

(b) B.S. in Math - M.S. in Math: Applied Math
B.S. in Math Requirements Graduate Substitutions
 MATH 3141 Advanced Calculus I  MATH 5143 Analysis I
 MATH 3142 Advanced Calculus II  MATH 5144 Analysis II
 9 hours from MATH 3XXX/4XXX

 Any graduate MATH courses listed under M.S. in  Math - Applied Math

(c) B.S. in Math - M.S. in Math: Applied Statistics
B.S. in Math Requirements Graduate Substitutions
 MATH 3141 Advanced Calculus I  MATH 5143 Analysis I
 9 hours from MATH 3XXX/4XXX

 3 hours from MATH 5128/5129/5165

 6 hours from STAT 5123/5124/5126/5127

(d) B.S. in Math: Statistics - M.S. in Math: Applied Statistics
B.S. in Math Requirements Graduate Substitutions
 MATH 3141 Advanced Calculus I  MATH 5143 Analysis I
 9 hours from STAT 3140/3150/3160  6 hours by
           STAT 3140 Design of Experiments          STAT 5123 Applied Statistics I
           STAT 3150 Time Series Analysis          STAT 5124 Applied Statistics II
           STAT 3160 Applied Multivariate Analysis  3 hours by
           STAT 4116 Statistical Computing

         STAT 5116 Statistical Computing (to be developed)