Dual-Degree MS in Mathematics and Statistical Science (2017-2018 Catalog)

Prof. Linda Davis, Coordinator (ldavisc@gmu.edu)

Catalog Entry

This program allows students to earn an MS degree in Mathematics and an MS degree in Statistical Science by completing 48 credits of course work in both areas instead of the 60 that would be required if the degrees were sought independently.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy admission requirements for both the Mathematics, MS and the Statistical Science, MS programs. A separate application must be submitted to each program.

Degree Requirements (48 credits)

Required Courses (24 credits)
  • MATH 621 - Algebra I (Credits: 3)
  • MATH 675 - Linear Analysis (Credits: 3)
  • MATH 677 - Ordinary Differential Equations (Credits: 3) or
    MATH 678 - Partial Differential Equations (Credits: 3)
  • MATH 685 - Numerical Methods (Credits: 3)
  • STAT 544 - Applied Probability (Credits: 3)
  • STAT 554 - Applied Statistics I (Credits: 3)
  • STAT 652 - Statistical Inference (Credits: 3)
  • STAT 654 - Applied Statistics II (Credits: 3)
Mathematics Elective Courses (12 credits)
  • 12 elective credits in MATH courses numbered 615 or higher, excluding MATH 653, MATH 654, MATH 655 and MATH 799.
Statistics Elective Courses (12 credits)
  • 12 elective credits from any STAT courses numbered 540-775.


  • Students in either the BS/Accelerated MS in Mathematics program or the BS(selected)/Accelerated MS in Statistical Science program cannot get a reduction of 6 credits toward this dual degree. Students who want to proceed to a PhD degree will only be able to waive the number of credits specified in the associated PhD degree requirements, even though they will have 48 credits at the MS level.
  • If a student decides not to complete the required 48 credits, a single MS degree will not be granted unless the student fulfills the requirements for either the MS in Mathematics or the MS in Statistical Science.
  • Once a student receives one of the MS degrees from either department, the student will no longer be eligible for the reduction in credit (i.e., will need to complete 30 credits) if the student later decides to earn the other MS degree.