The Bachelor’s–Accelerated Master’s (BAM) degree program options offer currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a shorter period of time. You will receive the bachelor’s degree first, but begin taking graduate coursework as undergraduates (typically in your senior year). Because some courses are allowed to double count for both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees, you will earn a master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than a stand-alone master’s degree program. In addition, staying at CU Boulder to pursue a bachelor’s–accelerated master’s program will allow you to continue working with your established faculty mentors.
In order to gain admission to the BAM programs named above, you must meet the following criteria:
You may take up to and including 12 hours while in the undergraduate program which can later be used toward the master’s degree. However, only 6 credits may be double counted toward the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree. You must apply to graduate with the bachelor’s degree, and apply to continue with the master’s degree, early in the semester in which the undergraduate requirements will be completed.
NOTE: Students who applied prior to July 2019 follow the old concurrent Bachelor’s/Master’s structure (see information below), and the two degrees are awarded simultaneously when requirements for both degrees are met.
Applying to the BAM Program
Eligible students may apply for the BAM program by completing the BAM Intent Form. Visit the Registrar's Office BAM page for more information.
Contact your undergraduate academic advisor to learn more about BAM programs. You are also welcome to contact the relevant graduate program advisor to learn more about the master’s program and to determine your eligibility for admission to the BAM program.
More information about BAM programs, policies, and forms may be found on the Registrar’s Office web site as well as the Graduate School’s web site .
This program has been replaced by the Bacelor's - Accelrated Master's; the information here is for current BS/MS students only.
The BS/MS program in Aerospace Engineering Sciences enables the program’s top BS students to be admitted to the MS program during the senior year, and to work thereafter toward both the BS and MS degrees in ASEN. In most cases, students should wait until the first semester of their senior year to apply for the BS/MS program, after the core curriculum for the junior year has been completed and grades have posted.
This program allows for early planning of the MS portion of the student’s education, taking graduate courses as part of the BS degree requirements, more flexibility in the order in which courses are taken, and more efficient use of what would otherwise be a final semester with a light credit hour load.
Up to six (6) credit hours may be counted toward both the BS and MS degree programs. Therefore the minimum number of credit hours required for the BS/MS degree will be 152.
Minimum requirements for admission to the BS/MS program are:
Note: If you have transfer credits (e.g. from AP/IB courses in high school), it may be to your benefit to wait until you are a senior before applying. Please discuss this with either the undergraduate or graduate advisor.
In place of 1) above, a transfer student must take at least three (3) ASEN junior level core courses on the Boulder campus as a matriculated Engineering student and have completed course work at another institution(s) which is approved (via an official Departmental transfer credit evaluation) as equivalent Boulder campus ASEN core course work. Additionally, the transfer student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of engineering course work (including ASEN core course work) on the Boulder campus as a matriculated Engineering student.
Once admitted into the BS/MS Aerospace program, the student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to remain in good academic standing in the program.
Until a student in this BS/MS program passes a total of 128 credit hours of course work applicable to the BS or MS degrees in ASEN, the student will be governed by the rules and regulations applicable to any undergraduate student in AES unless specified otherwise herein. After a student has completed the BS requirements, he/she will be governed by the rules and regulations applicable to any graduate student in AES unless specified otherwise herein. It is the intention of the Department that, as far as possible, a student in this program is treated on the same basis as any other student in the Department at a comparable stage of the academic career. Seniors accepted into this program may be eligible for Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships only if they have advanced to graduate status.
Once admitted, students will work with the undergraduate advisor on the BS portion of their program, and with the graduate academic advisor on the MS portion of their program.