Integrated B.S./M.S. Degree Program in Statistics

Introduction to the Integrated Degree Program (IDP)

This program is intended for those students who seek to be employed as professional statisticians in government and industry. There is a high demand for statisticians, but the knowledge and skill achieved by those with a BS degree in Statistics are often not sufficient for the needs in the workplace. It is expected that this need will be met by those students with the background for a BS degree in Statistics and a full additional year of advanced courses in statistical methods.

The IDP program allows UC Davis undergraduates to enter and complete an M.S. degree in five years. It is available to UC Davis undergraduate students in the B.S. programs in Statistics who have strong academic records. A solid foundation in Mathematics is also necessary to successfully complete the program. This includes knowledge of calculus and linear algebra on the level equivalent to MAT21A-C, MAT22A, and MAT167, and for the B.S. general option advanced calculus and real analysis on the level of MAT25 and MAT125A, respectively.

The Undergraduate Advisor of the Statistics program will make an effort to identify promising students as potential candidates for the IDP. Interested students are encouraged to consult the Undergraduate Advisor in Statistics in or before their junior year to discuss eligibility and to ensure that all requirements will be met. In particular double majors are encouraged to discuss their interest with the Undergraduate Advisor as early as possible. Before applying they should also consult the Master Advisor in order to get a full understanding of the program.

Admissions Requirements

The IDP in Statistics is available to UC Davis undergraduates with strong academic records. Although the minimum major GPA requirement is 3.2 at the time of application, students with demonstrated excellence in academic work (with a major GPA of 3.5 or above) are most likely to be admitted. Students are also expected to have taken STA141 at the time of application.  It is also strongly recommended that students have taken the STA 131 series in their junior year. 

Before IDP students can move into the graduate phase, they must satisfy all the requirements for the B.S. degree in any of the three specific emphases: Applied Statistics, General Statistics, or Computational Statistics and maintain a major GPA of at least 3.2 in the year after being admitted to the IDP program. Regardless of track students must also complete MAT21ABC, MAT 022A, and MAT 167 before entering the graduate phase.  MAT 025 and MAT 125A are also recommended but not required for all tracks.

Application Process

Undergraduate students at UC Davis must complete and submit the Statistics IDP form along with the supporting documents (transcript, a study plan, and three letters of recommendation) to the Undergraduate Coordinator (Kimberly McMullen during the last quarter of their junior year. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now open. Applications are due May 15th.  

Applicants should also make an appointment with the Undergraduate Adviser and the Masters Adviser in order to create a study plan.

Successful applicants will enter the IDP in the first quarter of the senior year. In order to proceed to the graduate phase of the IDP program, the students must officially apply to the Office of Graduate Studies in their senior year before the application deadline according to the general procedures described for the Graduate Program in Statistics at For students with a major GPA of 3.5 or above the GRE requirement of the application to Graduate Studies is waived.


IDP students are required to meet with the undergraduate advisor once every subsequent quarter. Once in the graduate phase, the students are required to meet the graduate advisor at the beginning of each quarter.

Course Requirements for the Master's degree:

Please visit our M.S. Program page for full information on the requirements for the M.S. program, including important information about the Comprehensive Exam and Master's Candidacy.

Sample course plan of Statistics classes taken in senior year and graduate year.

Senior Year*

5th Year/Grad Year


STA 131A, STA 138 STA 206, Electives


STA 131B STA 207, STA 242 or 243, Elective
Comprehensive Exam


STA 131C, STA 135 STA 208, STA 137 or 145, STA 260

*although the STA 131 series is noted to be taken senior year, it is strongly recommended that students take it during their junior year.

Residence Requirements

Candidates for the MS degree must be in academic residence as graduate students for the equivalent of at least three academic quarters. A student is in academic residence when enrolled in at least four units of graduate or approved upper division courses, including research. Two regular six-week summer sessions may be counted as the equivalent of one quarter, provided that full registration is maintained. All full time students must be registered for at least 12 units each quarter.

BS/MS Program Timeline

In order to make satisfactory progress, full-time students in the program should follow a timeline similar to the one given below:
  • Junior Year or earlier: Student, upon consultation with the Statistics Undergraduate Advisor plans an academic program leading to the BS degree in Statistics, taking into account a possible admission to the IDP program. Upon consultation with both the Statistics Undergraduate and Graduate Advisors the eligible student applies to the IDP the last quarter of their junior year.

  • Qualified students are admitted to IDP the same year.

  • Senior Year: Student completes the B.S. degree in statistics and is concurrently planning and growing into the graduate phase. To this end, the student is requested to meet the graduate advisor every quarter to discuss possible graduate classes. IMPORTANT: IDP Students must remember to submit an online application to Graduate Studies before the final deadline (March 1 of senior year) in order to enter the graduate year. If the online graduate application is not submitted on time, you cannot enter the M.S. program.

  • After completing the B.S. degree the student moves into the graduate phase of the program.

  • First quarter Graduate Year: Student develops a program of study in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

  • End of second quarter Graduate Year: Student takes the MS Comprehensive examination.

  • Third quarter Graduate Year: Student completes the MS requirements.