SUBMATRICULATION IN MATHEMATICS
Submatriculation is an honors program at Penn for very strong
undergraduates who would like to pursue a Masters degree at the same
time that they pursue their Bachelors degree. In order to enter this
program in Mathematics, students need to follow the steps listed below,
including the submission of an application to the graduate program (item
6 on the list). As is the case with other graduate applications, this
process is by no means automatic. For additional information about this
process, the interested student should also read the SAS
document on Submatriculation.
ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM:
Students are encouraged to begin the application process by the Fall
semester of their junior year.
Before entering the program, students are ordinarily expected to have
completed (or be finishing) two of the four courses Math 360-61 and Math
370-71 (or the equivalent), with an average grade of at least A-. Note
that Math 508-09 and Math 502-03 are masters level versions of these
courses; these 500 level versions can count toward the masters, but not
the 300 level versions. So for students interested in submatriculating,
it is better to take the 500 level versions of these courses rather than
the 300 level versions.
The steps of the application process:
- Consult an Assistant Dean for Advising in your school office. Obtain
an "application for submatriculation" form.
- Contact the Graduate Chair in the Mathematics Department to express
your interest in the possibility of submatriculating. In your email, you should
indicate the mathematics courses you have taken beyond standard calculus classes,
along with the names of the professors in those courses and your grades. If the
Graduate Chair agrees that it makes sense to move forward, and agrees on a course
plan, then complete the "application for submatriculation" form and obtain the
signature of the Graduate Chair on this form.
- Consult the Undergraduate Chair of the undergraduate major department
(if courses are to be double counted). Get the chair's signature of
approval on "application for submatriculation".
- Return the completed "application for submatriculation" to the
assistant Dean mentioned in step 1. Obtain the Dean's approval to
- Go to the SAS
Graduate Office . Submit
a copy of the completed "application for submatriculation".
- Submit an
online application to the Mathematics Graduate Program,
indicating that you are applying as a submatriculant. You do not have
to submit GRE or TOEFL scores. You should get letters of recommendation
from at least two (and preferably three) Penn Mathematics professors
from whom you took proof-based courses. After submitting your application,
send email to the
Mathematics Graduate Chair.
- Once a decision is made, you will be informed by email.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE:
The student must fulfill all of the requirements for a Masters degree (see
the description of the The Masters
Program). These requirements are:
- Pass the Masters Preliminary Exam(see The First Year). For submatriculants, the preliminary exam must be passed by the beginning of their senior year, before the beginning of classes. If not, they will be dropped from the program. [Note: this is new, effective January 2012, and applies to all students who are Juniors in 2011-12].
- Fulfill the Masters degree course
- Write a Masters Thesis. After passing the preliminary exam, the student should immediately begin planning for the thesis by contacting a faculty member who will serve as his or her thesis advisor.
- Pass the Masters General
For the course requirements as many as 4 (of the total of 8) credits can
be counted towards both the Bachelors degree and the Masters degree.
Graduate courses completed before admission to the submatriculation
program can be applied towards the Masters degree with the approval of
the SAS Graduate Office.
If the student chooses, the Masters degree may have a concentration in
Applied Mathematics or a concentration in Computational Mathematics. To
receive a concentration in
applied mathematics or in computational mathematics both the Masters
thesis and at least four of the courses taken for the Masters degree must
be designated as being in that concentration. See the description of the
program for more details.
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