Statistics - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Statistics

Well-trained statisticians are in high demand in various application areas including health and medicine, business, engineering, physical sciences, environmental studies, and government. The FastTrack Degree Program enables ambitious and academically talented statistics majors at Texas A&M University to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree within a period of five years after entering Texas A&M as a freshman. Depending on the electives selected, a student completing the FastTrack program will be prepared to enter:

  • Employment as a statistical analyst or as a data scientist;
  • The professional job marketplace for quantitatively trained professionals;
  • A career in secondary education;
  • A doctoral program in statistics, biostatistics, or in a related discipline, at Texas A&M or another university.

The Fast Track program enables a Statistics major to earn both a bachelor’s degree (120 undergraduate credit hours including 6 dual credit graduate hours) and a master's degree (36 credit hours including the 6 dual credit graduate hours) in Statistics within a period of five years after entering Texas A&M.   Students can complete the required credit hours for each degree without diminishing scope or quality of work.  The scheduling of the graduate level courses is flexible since many of the MS electives are offered during the summer.  A student completing this program will be prepared for employment as a senior statistical analyst or to continue to a Ph.D. program in statistics or a related field. 

Students interested in this program will apply during the fall of their junior year and, if admitted, begin taking masters-level courses in the fall of their senior year with an undergraduate classification.  Students are reclassified as degree seeking master's students after completing 96 credit hours, typically in the following semester. These credit hours must include all specific course prerequisites for a baccalaureate degree in Statistics, as well as the courses required by the College of Science and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree.

The following is a suggested schedule that includes the required courses for the combined BS/MS in Statistics. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 171 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4
STAT 182 Foundations of Statistics 1
American history 3
Science elective 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 172 Calculus 4
American history 3
Computer science elective 2 4
Science elective 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus 4
POLS 206 American National Government 3
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I 3
Communication requirement 3 3
Science elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 304
Linear Algebra
or Linear Algebra
3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
STAT 212 Principles of Statistics II 3
Computer science elective 2 4
Elective hours 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
STAT 404 Statistical Computing 3
STAT 414 Mathematical Statistics I 3
Mathematics elective 5 3
Outside specialization elective 6 3
Elective hours 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
STAT 408 Introduction to Linear Models 3
STAT 415 Mathematical Statistics II 3
Outside specialization elective 6 3
Elective hours 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
STAT 406 Design and Analysis of Experiments 3
STAT 641 The Methods of Statistics I 7 3
Mathematics or Statistics elective 5 3
Outside specialization elective 6 3
Elective hours 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
STAT 482 Statistics Capstone 3
STAT 642 The Methods of Statistics II 7 3
Outside specialization elective 6 3
Elective hours 4 4
 Semester Credit Hours13
Fifth Year
Fall
Graduate coursework 8 18
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
Graduate coursework 8 18
 Semester Credit Hours18
 Total Semester Credit Hours156

Students will not be permitted to receive credit for both the 400- and 600-level versions of certain courses because the content and learning outcomes are too similar (e.g. STAT 404/STAT 604, STAT 408/STAT 608, STAT 407/STAT 607, STAT 426/STAT 626,
STAT 436/STAT 636, STAT 438/STAT 638, STAT 445/STAT 645, STAT 446/STAT 646, STAT 459/STAT 659).

*If a grade of D or F is earned in any of the following courses, MATH 151/MATH 171, MATH 152/MATH 172, MATH 221/MATH 251/MATH 253, MATH 300, MATH 304/MATH 323, STAT 211, or STAT 212, this course must be immediately retaken and a grade of C or better earned. The department will allow at most two D’s in upper-level (325-499) courses. If a third D is earned, one of the three courses in which a D was earned must be retaken and a grade of C or better earned.