Combined BS/MS in Statistics

To be considered for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, students must have completed at least 75-90 credits in the bachelor’s degree program at FIU and meet the admissions criteria for the graduate degree program to which they are applying. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of the bachelor’s degree program. A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor’s degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status and be eligible for graduate assistantships. Only 5000-level or higher courses, and no more than the number of credits specified by the program catalog, may be applied toward both degrees.

Admission Requirements

  • Current enrollment in the first semester of the senior year Bachelor’s Degree Program in Statistics at FIU.
  • Completed or enrolled in at least 90 undergraduate credits hours
  • Current GPA of 3.25 of higher
  • GRE combined score of at least 1000 (quantitative and verbal)

Courses and other General Requirements

Students enrolled in the program may count up to 9 hours as credits for both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These courses must be taken at least at the 5000 level and can be chosen from the following list (amongst others):

  • STA 5206 Design of Experiments I
  • STA 5236 Regression Analysis
  • STA 5507 Nonparametric Methods
  • STA 5666 Advanced Quality Control
  • STA 5207 Topics in Design of Experiments
  • STA 7707 Multivariate Methods I
  • STA 7708 Multivariate Methods II

Students who count cross listed courses towards the degree will not get credit for both the 4000 level and the 5000 level course. In fact, the students will not be allowed to take both the courses In addition, as part of earning the MS degree the students are required to take the following core courses:

  • STA 6244 Data Analysis I
  • STA 6247 Data Analysis II
  • STA 6326 Mathematical Statistics I
  • STA 6327 Mathematical Statistics II

The BS/MS program is designed to be a continuous program. However, upon completion of all the requirements of the undergraduate degree, students will receive the BS degree. Students in this program have up to one year after receipt of the bachelor’s degree to complete the MS degree. Students who fail to meet the post BS requirement or who elect to leave the combined program at any time and earn only the BS degree will have the same access requirements to regular graduate programs as any other student but will not be able to use the 9 credits for both the bachelor’s and master’s degree. Students enrolled in the program must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and must get a minimum grade of “B” in all the core courses. Upon completion of the entire 4+1 program, students must have accumulated a minimum of 30 hours of credits at the graduate (5000+) level. In addition, to get the MS degree, the students will also be required to take a comprehensive examination or do a thesis. Students opting for the comprehensive exam will be required to take an additional 6 hours of credits at the graduate (5000+) level. All students enrolled in the program will be expected to attend the departmental seminars.