Easy Admission to the Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics

For Notre Dame Students

The Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics offers specializations in Computational Finance and Applied Statistics. In a total of 5 years of study, a Notre Dame student may earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of science degree. To learn more about the opportunities available to graduates of this program, please see


Admission to this master’s program may be granted to any Notre Dame student who has completed 5 or more semesters of study. These students apply to the program by the simple process described below, awarding them the following benefits.

1.     The student does not need to take the GRE exam;

2.     The Graduate School application fee is waived.

Students who are admitted at the end of their junior years may even begin their studies at the same time they complete their undergraduate degrees. The University allows a student to earn up to six credits towards a master’s degree during the senior year as long as those credits are not applied towards any requirements for the bachelor’s degree.  Such a student would pay the tuition for the master’s program only in the 5th year of study.

Scholarships to the MS-ACMS program for Notre Dame undergraduates

Notre Dame undergraduates who are accepted into the professional masters program may be able to earn credits towards the degree while still an undergraduate, with a corresponding scholarship. Any student may count towards the masters degree up to 6 credits of classes taken while an undergraduate with the restrictions

  1. The class is not used to fulfill any requirement for an undergraduate degree;
  2. The class is one that will count towards the MS-ACMS degree;
  3. The class is completed with a grade of B or better.

The MS-ACMS program director should be consulted as to the acceptability of any class for transfer.

Notre Dame undergraduates who are accepted for early admission to the masters program may be able to earn up to 12 credits towards the degree prior to completing the undergraduate degree. All such classes must satisfy 1, 2 and 3 above.

The tuition for the 11-month program is set at one year of graduate tuition. The university charges this tuition each term the student is in attendance in the following proportions:summer (20%), fall (40%), spring (40%). ACMS will fund scholarships in the 5th year of study for Notre Dame undergraduates who earn credits for the degree as above according to the following chart.

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A student who stays at Notre Dame for a 5th year of study has the added benefit of being able to hold an internship between the 4th and 5th year. The internship will give the student invaluable practical experience in the corporate world and an inside track on a job after graduation.

To Apply

Submit a letter of intent to the director of the program, Dr. Steven Buechler, at buechler.1@nd.edu describing your interest in entering the program.