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.

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.

Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics, Masters degree in Applied Mathematics (post July 1, 2019)

The Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's (BAM) degree program offers currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to receive a bachelor's and 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 senior year. 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 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 and including 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 semster in which the undergraduate requirements will be completed. (*Students who were admitted prior to July 2019 follow a concurrent Bachelor's/Master's structure, and the two degree are awarded simultaneously when requirements for both degrees are met.)

If you are interested in the Applied Mathematics BAM degree program, please meet with your advisor regarding the BAM 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 BS/MS 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 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. 

Escape Plan

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