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Departmental Scholar Program

The Mathematics Departmental Scholar program is the Department’s most rigorous program and is intended to prepare students for graduate school. 

In this program students have the opportunity to complete both a Bachelors (BS) and Masters (MA) in a finite amount of time, ideally four years.  The granting of the Masters Degree is contingent upon the completion of graduate level coursework and passing of the Basic Qualifying Exam.

It is recommended that students who attempt this program follow a timeline as such:

First year at UCLA:  Complete or have credit from another institution/standardized test (AP or IB Exams) all lower-division Calculus-based courses (Math 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B). If possible take 115AH in spring.

Second year at UCLA:  Complete Math 115AH (Honors Linear Algebra), Math 115B (Linear Algebra), Math 131AH (Honors Analysis) and 131BH (Honors Analysis).  Completion of these courses will provide a strong foundation for the Basic Qualifying Exam, which is a crucial component of completing the Scholars program. Students are encouraged to apply to
the Departmental Scholar program upon completion of 115B and 131BH.

Third Year at UCLA:  Pass the Basic Qualifying Exam. Complete other major courses, these particular courses will depend on whether the student is pure or applied.  Students can also begin their graduate courses as well.

Fourth year at UCLA:  Complete remaining graduate level courses for the Masters Degree.

Successful completion of this course plan, graduate level courses (minimum 8/maximum 11 for the Masters) and the Basic Qualifying Exam will result in the granting of the BS/MA concurrently.  Students must also meet the University's requirement of a 3.5 overall grade point average and a 3.5 overall grade point average in the major (http://www.honors.ucla.edu/deptschl.html​).

Please note there is a REVISED Basic Exam Date for Summer 2016: (http://www.math.ucla.edu/grad/new-students ).

If you have further questions, please contact the Undergraduate Mathematics Student Services Office at ugrad [at] math [dot] ucla [dot] edu.