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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).  Begin preparation for Basic Exam (offered Sept. and March)  using online copies of past exams. 

Third Year at UCLA: Pass the Basic Qualifying Exam, preferably by the start of Fall Quarter. Apply to Scholars program immediately after passing Basic.  Complete other undergraduate major courses. After admission to Scholars program, begin graduate coursework.

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/other-programs/departmental-scholars/).

More information on the Basic Exam and Dates: (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.