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UCLA's Scholars Program

  1. Apr 3, 2009 #1

    thrill3rnit3

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    UCLA has this thing called Scholar's Program, in which one can obtain both his/her bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years.

    From UCLA's Math Department Website

    http://www.math.ucla.edu/ugrad/scholpr.shtml

    My question, I guess, would be should I do this thing if I decide to go to UCLA?
    What are the advantages and disadvantages to this?
    If I continue on to my doctoral degree, would other institutions see this as a plus or a minus?

    My primary main concern is that other schools might think that I rushed into getting my degree, therefore not being able to take other classes that would help me greatly.
     
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  3. Apr 4, 2009 #2
    It would be a very small "plus" for admissions to graduate school...

    It would also, probably make you ineligible for many of the fellowships that support (US CITIZENS ONLY) graduate students early on in their studies...

    I did a similar program and have had some troubles since then since I'm no longer eligible to apply for many fellowships, despite the fact that my 4 yr BS-MS program was in no way equivalent to a "real graduate program"...
     
  4. Apr 12, 2009 #3
    I'm a freshman at UCLA majoring in Mathematics and have been thinking about doing the Scholars Program as well. Can anyone else perhaps offer their opinions on the matter? :D

    Thanks in advance,
    Alex.
     
  5. Apr 12, 2009 #4

    Choppy

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    Pros:
    - I like the idea of a qualifying exam in a major. I think this would really help advanced students to solidify the material.
    - The program allows students to take graduate level courses if they are so inclined.

    Cons:
    - I don't see the word "thesis" anywhere - hence you have a course-based master's degree, which doesn't give you the opportunity to develop the research skills that graduate work is supposed to foster.
    - Jumping to graduate level course-work in such a short time will likely require a LOT of work. This might mean that you miss out on other opportunities through your education such as involvement with social clubs, volunteer work, part-time jobs, sports, etc. And it's important to remember that the skills you pick up and contacts you make in extra-cirricular work can have a significant role in your future career decisions.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2009 #5

    thrill3rnit3

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    is what cincinnatus said a couple of posts before valid??

     
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