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Texas A&M University
Mathematics

FastTrack Program

Overview

The FastTrack Degree Program enables ambitious and academically talented mathematics majors at Texas A&M University to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree within a period of five years after entering A&M.

Amongst the various advantages of the program, upon its completion a student will be in an exceptionally strong position to enter:

  • The professional industrial job marketplace;
  • A career in secondary education;
  • A doctoral program in mathematics, or in a related discipline, at Texas A&M or another university.

The related disciplines include computer science, engineering, physics, statistics, genetics, economics, business administration, education, and biology.

Eligibility for entering a doctoral program in one of these disciplines would depend in part on the undergraduate and graduate external options and areas of emphasis that were reflected in a student's individual degree plan.

Description

Upon admission in the FastTrack program, students will have completed at least 96 hours towards the completion of their Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or APMS (Applied Mathematical Sciences) degree in Mathematics.

The program will allow up to 6 credit hours of dual credit. Under this provision, students may use graduate courses to obtain credits towards the completion of the Undergraduate and Master's degrees. Any graduate course may be used towards dual credit, with the following exclusions:

  • Math 601, Math 695 and Math 696 cannot be used for dual credit.
  • If a student takes an Undergraduate version of a Graduate course and subsequently takes the Graduate version, then this Graduate course cannot be used for dual credit.

Using a combination of Graduate and Undergraduate level courses, students need to cover all courses necessary for the completion of the chosen undergraduate degree, according to Texas A&M University's Undergraduate Catalog.

In order to be conferred the Master's degree, students will be required to complete the same basic 36 credit hour curriculum for the non-thesis option or the 32 credit hour curriculum for the thesis option as any other student admitted into the Master's program in the Department of Mathematics. The specific course requirements for each of the tracks in our Master's program are displayed in the Department's web page.

International students will be required to fulfill the same language requirements that are required from any other international applicant. A waiver of these requirements may be issued, on an individual basis and upon interview, when the students have been in US throughout their Undergraduate studies.

Degree Plans

Degree plans for Fasttrack vary depending upon the preparation and the goals of the student. In general, a
student will take at least 4 graduate courses in their first four years, more if possible. The fifth year is spent
as a graduate student finishing the Master's degree.