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Combined BS in Mathematics/MS in Applied Statistics

The Combined BS/MS Program allows Villanova students to earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics (MSAS) in approximately five years.  Students in the program take graduate statistics courses during part of the time normally allotted to an undergraduate program.

Some of these courses are counted toward both the BS degree and the MSAS degree. As a result, students can earn a BS degree in Mathematics after four years and an MSAS degree after approximately one additional year of study. In addition to benefiting from an accelerated timeframe, students in the combined program receive a tuition remission for their final course in the program. A maximum of 5 students may be accepted into the program each academic year.

Degree Requirements

Students in the 5-year BS/MS Program must complete:

  • all the required work for a B.S. in mathematics, including the core curriculum and all free electives.
  • all of the requirements for an MSAS degree.

The accelerated timeframe (typical schedule) for the dual degree depends upon taking four specific graduate courses as an undergraduate. These courses are counted toward both the BS and the MSAS degrees. The remaining graduate courses are taken following the usual pattern for Applied Statistics graduate students. Degree requirements are subject to change.

Application Information

Students who want to submit an application must have

  • enough credits to be considered at least a junior.
  • an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3. 
  • a GPA of at least 3.5 in mathematics courses taken at Villanova
  • at least an A- in STAT 4310 or its graduate equivalent STAT 7404
  • Once admitted to the five-year program, the student will be permitted to take graduate courses in applied statistics.

The Applied Statistics Graduate Committee will review all applications and will make the final decisions about the acceptance of students into the BS/MS program.


For additional information, contact:

Dr. Paul Bernhardt, Director of Applied Statistics Graduate Program at 610.519.7343

* Combined Application.pdf
Application to Combined BS/MSAS

The deadline to submit an application for first consideration is October 15 in the Fall Semester and, subject to availability, March 1 in the Spring Semester.  Applications are welcome after these dates, though a maximum of five students will be admitted per class year.

Note: Students in the BS/MSAS program should still apply to graduate in the semester in which they complete their BS degree.