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
Utah State University, "Educational Policies Committee Program Proposal, College of Science, July 18, 2014" (2014). Educational Policies Committee. Paper 515.