The 4+1 bachelor's to master's five-year program in mathematics is designed to enable Mills undergraduates to earn both a BA and an MA in five years. The program prepares strong mathematics majors for graduate/research mathematics in a supportive and personalized environment. Because of the diverse interests of our faculty, students can choose among a variety of topics including algebra, algebraic geometry, algebraic logic, analysis, biostatistics and mathematical biology, combinatorics, computational mathematics, geometry, linear algebra, logic, number theory, representation theory, and topology. With the distinction of graduating with both a BA and an MA, our students will be prepared to succeed in doctoral programs in mathematical science and/or in a wide range of academic, industry, and government jobs that require advanced knowledge of pure and applied mathematics.
Application to the 4+1 BA/MA Program
A Mills undergraduate student who has declared a mathematics major, or is close to declaring it, must:
- choose a tentative MA thesis advisor in the Mathematics Department; and
- submit to this advisor her Mills and transfer transcripts (if any) and a detailed plan for her course of study, including the undergraduate and graduate courses intended to complete all requirements for the BA and MA degrees.
To ensure proper planning and admission to the program, applications should be submitted by the end of the sophomore year/beginning of the junior year.
To be considered for the 4+1 BA/MA Mathematics Program, a Mills undergraduate student must have:
- declared a mathematics major (or be close to declaring);
- a mathematics GPA of at least 3.5 (including all Mills and transferred courses counted toward the BA mathematics major);
- earned at least an A- in each of the following four courses: MATH 047, MATH 048, MATH 049, and MATH 050 (or their equivalent, if transferred);
- an overall Mills GPA of at least 3.0; and
- demonstrated potential for graduate-level work in mathematics.
Exceptions shall be made at the discretion of the Mathematics Department. The 4+1 BA/MA program is highly selective. Candidates will be accepted to the program after a full evaluation by the Mathematics Department.