Bachelor’s–Accelerated Master’s Programs (Beginning July 1, 2019)

Beginning July 1, 2019, students newly admitted to bachelor’s/master’s programs at CU Boulder will follow the new Bachelor’s–Accelerated Master’s (BAM) degree program structure.

Just as with the concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degree programs, BAM degree programs are offered in several departments and allow students to receive both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in an accelerated time frame.

What’s Changing?

Under the concurrent degree structure, students are awarded a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously after meeting the requirements for both degrees. Students admitted prior to July 2019 will continue to follow the concurrent bachelor’s/master’s structure. Information about the program prior to July 1, 2019 is further down on this page.

Students admitted beginning July 1, 2019 will follow the new BAM program structure. Students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree first, once they have met the undergraduate degree requirements and have applied to graduate. They will transition into graduate student status by applying to continue with the master’s degree. They will then be awarded a master’s degree after fulfilling graduate degree requirements.

Under the BAM structure, students will begin taking a limited amount of graduate-level coursework as undergraduates (typically during senior year). Students may take up to 12 credit hours which can later be applied to the accelerated master’s degree, and the number of credits that can double count for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees is the amount previously allowed in the concurrent degree program.

Learn More

The new BAM intent application form will be available for students beginning July 1. For more information on the new program structure, including the background on the decision as well as how this impacts existing concurrent programs and related administrative procedures, visit the Office of the Registrar’s Concurrent & BAM Degree webpage or view the full BAM Program Policy.

Concurrent BS/MS Program (prior to July 1, 2019)

This is a five-year degree program which leads to both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics. It enables well-qualified and motivated students to experience graduate-level coursework earlier in their education and to obtain an MS degree in a reduced time period.

Admission to the Program

This program is open only to undergraduate students who are Applied Mathematics majors. Application for admission into the BS/MS program in Applied Math may be made at any time during or after the student enters his or her junior year. Minimum requirements for admission to the joint program are: 

  • Satisfactory completion of at least two APPM courses numbered 3000 or higher;
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 or higher;
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.4 in APPM and MATH courses;
  • Two letters of recommendation from CU Boulder Department of Applied Mathematics faculty. 

GRE exams are not required for admission. An application form can be obtained from the Student Coordinator in the Applied Math office, ECOT 225. 


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 BS/MS program, students may elect either the thesis or non-thesis option. In theory, the minimum number of credit hours required for the BS/MS degree is 152. Sample Curriculum


Students in the concurrent BS/MS 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 BS/MS program through the end of the graduate program and will ensure that the requirements for both the BS and the MS degrees are satisfied. This plan must be filed with the APPM Department Student Coordinator by the end of the third week of the first semester in which the student has been admitted into the program. 

Continuation in the Program

The student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 in their undergraduate courses and 3.2 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.)


Until a student in this program satisfies all requirements for the BS degree, he/she will be governed by the rules and regulations applicable to any undergraduate major in the Applied Math department. A student in the BS/MS program, who has satisfied the BS requirements, can choose to continue their undergraduate status or can request admittance to the Graduate School. This decision should be made after consultation with their advisor and the financial aid office as this can affect financial aid. 
Due to the stream-lined nature of the Concurrent BS/MS program in Applied Mathematics, students may not pursue a double major, except with the explicit permission of the Concurrent Degree Appeals Committee of the Graduate School. 

Escape Plan

Students who decide not to continue in the BS/MS program must complete the usual BS requirements to obtain that degree.