For the MS Degree
Applicants are expected to have completed 10 semester-hours of undergraduate calculus ( 640:151-152 and 640:251 if taken at Rutgers, or equivalent), a senior-level rigorous statistical methods course ( 960:401 or 960:484 if taken at Rutgers, or equivalent), and a course in linear algebra ( 640:250 if taken at Rutgers, or equivalent) . Students lacking these prerequisites may be asked to take additional courses that will not generally count toward the MS degree, except that at the discretion of the program director, credit for 960:484 or 960:495 may be counted among the thirty credits necessary for graduation.
Students finding themselves without such a course might see a sample
sample 484 syllabus
, with readings.
Students wishing to complete the Data Mining option should note that one of the courses required for this option but offered by Computer Science has as a prerequisite 198:344; this course in turn has as its prerequisites an undergraduate course in probability and an additional computer science course.
For the PhD Degree
Successful applicants to the PhD program generally have a significantly deeper math background than required for the MS degree; a course in real variables ( 640:411 if taken at Rutgers, or equivalent) is generally required prior to admission. Students who lack this background may be asked to take additional courses that will not generally count toward the PhD degree.
Coursework listed on transcripts submitted by students for admission often list successful coursework meeting the prerequisites of Rutgers courses. However, Rutgers' automated registration system doesn't have the capacity to recognize equivalents to Rutgers prerequisites taken at other universities, since copies of student non-Rutgers transcripts aren't parsed by the registrar's computer in a way that automates the process of matching other university's courses to Rutgers prerequisites. On request from a student, the graduate director will review these transcripts manually and request that the registrar consider prerequisites as having been met.
Graduate Work as an Undergraduate
Beginning work for the Master's Degree as an Undergraduate
Joint BS-MS Program
Rutgers Undergraduates showing exceptional promise may begin their MS work before obtaining their BS degree. In this way, graduate courses may be taken at the undergraduate tuition. Furthermore, students showing adequate performance in graduate courses as an undergraduate may be admitted to the MS without being required to take the GRE.
In order to be counted towards the MS degree, courses taken by undergraduates must not be used to satisfy the BS requirements. Students must demonstrate that these courses have not been used for their undergraduate degree by obtaining a letter from the undergraduate registrar stating this fact. These courses taken before matriculation as a graduate student must then be transferred to the graduate transcript according to the rules for the transfer of credits from other universities.
Undergraduates interested in pursuing this opportunity should consult with the director of the undergraduate program in Statistics and Biostatistics.
Students are encouraged to use Summer school, especially following the junior and senior years, to ensure their courses are completed on schedule. Many core MS courses are offered over the summer. Summer school tuition rates are discounted from regular undergraduate tuition rates and some courses are offered during the evening.
A similar program exists for students pursuing an undergraduate math major at Rutgers.
Undergradutes in Graduate Classes other than through the Joint BS-MS Program
Undergraduates may also, under certain conditions, take courses offered by the Graduate Programs in Statistics and Biostatistics, even when no arrangement for transition to the MS program has been made. Interested students should first obtain the form from the graduate school. Bring the form to the graduate director for approval. The graduate director will then contact the graduate school for the approval approval of the Administrator for Student Services. This arrangement will generally only be approved for students whose mathematics and statistics course grades are all B or better. The Graduate School -- New Brunswick will routinely approve the use of no more than 6 credits taken as an undergraduate, and in any case no more than 9 credits taken as an undergraduate, for later use towards the MS degree, and these credits must be in excess of 120 credits taken towards the BS.