Educational Policies Committee

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Recently the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Math/Stat) completed a review of its graduate programs. Currently, Math/Stat Master’s students can complete a Master of Science degree in one of three disciplines: Mathematics, Statistics, or Industrial Mathematics. Within each, a student can select either the Plan A (at least 30 credits, including 6-15 credits of research), Plan B (at least 30 credits, including 3 credits associated with a required report), or Plan C (at least 33 credits, all coursework).

In the review of Math/Stat graduate programs it was found that the Plan C option is not substantially different form the Plan B option, and has not been supported in practice by departmental faculty for some time. The faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics decided collectively at least 5 years ago to effectively end the Plan C by not offering funding to any incoming student not opting for Plans A or B. The Plan C option does not comprise any research component, with the undesirable consequence that students under Plan C do not contribute in a meaningful way to the research efforts of the department. The request of this R401 is to eliminate the Plan C option from the Master of Science degree program in Mathematics and in the Master of Science degree program in Statistics