Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics, Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics

The Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's degree program in Applied Mathematics (BAM-AMEN) offers currently enrolled CU Boulder applied mathematics undergraduate students the opportunity to receive a bachelor's degree and a traditional master's degree in a shorter period of time. Students receive the bachelor's degree first, but begin taking graduate coursework as undergraduates, typically in their junior or senior years. Up to six credits are allowed to double count for both the bachelor's and the master's degrees. Students receive a master's degree in less time and at a lower cost than if they were to enroll in a stand-alone master's degree program after completion of their baccalaureate degree. In addition, staying at CU Boulder to pursue a Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's program enables students to continue working with their established faculty mentors. 

Admission to the Program

In order to gain admission to the BAM-AMEN program named above, a student must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.4 in APPM, STAT and MATH courses
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of coursework
  • Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at CU Boulder
  • Students must have completed a minimum of two APPM or STAT courses numbered 3000 or higher with grades of 3.4 or higher 

Program Requirements

Students may take up to 12 hours while in the undergraduate program which can later be used toward the master's degree. However, only 6 graduate credit hours may be double counted toward the bachelor's degree and the master's degree. Students 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. The bachelor's degree will be awarded upon completion of the undergraduate requirements before the student moves to graduate status to continue the master's degree program.

If you are interested in the Applied Mathematics BAM-AMEN degree program, please meet with your faculty advisor regarding the BAM-AMEN program and then contact the APPM graduate coordinator at for more information. 


Students in the program should complete all requirements for the BS degree in Applied Mathematics by the end of their fourth year. Six credit hours of Applied Mathematics graduate courses can be counted towards both the undergraduate degree requirements and towards the requirements for the MS degree. All requirements for both degrees should be completed by the end of the fifth year. If necessary, a sixth year will be allowed. For the MS portion of the BAM-AMEN program, students may elect either the thesis or non-thesis option. In theory, the total minimum number of credit hours required for the BS and MS degree is 152. Sample Curriculum


Students in the BAM-AMEN program must have an Applied Math faculty advisor with whom they consult to compose a degree plan. This plan will include a list of courses to be taken from the semester following admission to the BAM-AMEN program through the end of the graduate program and will ensure that the requirements for both the BS and the MS degrees are satisfied.

Continuation in the Program

The student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 in their undergraduate courses and 3.0 in courses numbered 5000 and above. Also, students must complete a minimum of six hours of graduate credit by the end of their senior year. (Included in these credits may be any of the "double-counting" courses described in the Curriculum section above.)

In the final semester of a BAM-AMEN student’s bachelor’s degree, they will need to complete the following steps to continue with their master's degree:

  1. Apply to graduate with their bachelor's degree.

  2. Submit a master's continuation form.

  3. Submit a BAM supplement form to identify which courses they're double counting and which they're using toward the master's degree.

The last day to complete all three steps is:

  • Oct. 1 for fall graduates

  • Feb. 1 for spring graduates

  • March 1 for summer graduates

After graduating with their bachelor's degree, the student will then finish their master's degree requirements in graduate status.


Until a student in this program satisfies all requirements for the BS degree, he/she/they will be governed by the rules and regulations applicable to any undergraduate major in the Applied Math department. After a student has graduated with the BS degree and entered graduate status, he/she/they will be governed by the rules and regulations of the graduate school and the Applied Math graduate program.

Escape Plan

Students who decide not to continue in the BAM-AMEN program must complete the usual BS requirements to obtain that degree.

BAM students in undergraduate status who have an expected graduation term change or decided not to continue with the master's degree must submit a BAM program change/discontinuation form.

BAM students in graduate status who no longer want to continue with the master's degree must submit a withdrawal form.