Current CU Boulder Mechanical and Environmental Engineering undergraduate students who meet the following criteria; both the below minimum requirements and the listed coursework separated by major; are eligible for admission to the BAM degree program in mechanical engineering:

  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Must have no Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) deficiencies
    • Students who matriculated Summer 2023 and after will not need to meet MAPS as a part of BAM admission requirements
  • Must have at least junior class standing (60 credits completed)

Must have completed four of the following six courses with a C grade or higher at the time of admission:

  • MCEN 3012: Thermodynamics
  • MCEN 3021: Fluid Mechanics
  • MCEN 3022: Heat Transfer
  • MCEN 3025: Component Design
  • MCEN 3030: Computational Methods
  • MCEN 3032: Thermodynamics 2

Course substitutions listed on the ME Undergraduate Program curriculum website and cross listed courses in the CU Boulder catalog will be approved for substitution of the above courses for admission purposes. If you are pursuing substitution for courses, please reach out to megrad@colorado.edu before applying.

  • Must have completed courses from the three following categories with a C grade or higher at the time of admission: 
    • Mathematics (one of the following) 
      • ​MATH 2130 (Introduction to Linear Algebra for Non-Mathematics Majors) AND MATH 3430 (Ordinary Differential Equations)
      • APPM 2360 Intro to Differential Equations w/Linear Algebra
    • Fluid Mechanics (one of the following)
      • CHEN 3200 Chem Engin Fluid Mechanics
      • CVEN 3313 Fluid Mechanics
      • GEEN 3853 Fluid Mechanics for Engineers
      • MCEN 3021 Fluid Mechanics
    • Thermodynamics (one of the following)
      • CHEN 3320 Chem Engin Thermo
      • EVEN 3012 Thermodynamics 1
      • GEEN 3852 Thermo for Engineers
      • MCEN 3012 Thermodynamics

If a student does not meet any of the admission requirements stated above, they are allowed to submit a Graduate Committee Petition for admission to megrad@colorado.edu by the below application deadlines. Approval is not guaranteed.

Students who plan to complete a double major or minor are also eligible for admission to the BAM program. If you are a double-major and already have double-counted a course toward both majors, you may not count these courses toward your BAM requirements. In such cases, in addition to the BAM Intent Form, students should contact megrad@colorado.edu

Application Requirements

Eligible students may apply to the BAM program by completing the BAM Intent Form, available on the graduate programs Forms and Handbooks page.

Most students in the BAM program will complete the requirements of the Professional MS program. When applying to the BAM program, applicants should select the "MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL (MCEN-MSME:C-MCENP)” designation to denote the MS Professional (non-thesis) graduate program. Applicants who want to pursue the MS Thesis option will be required to have a faculty thesis advisor already identified to be admitted. Students admitted to the BAM program can start in the MS Professional program and then switch to the MS Thesis program if they notify the graduate program at megrad@colorado.edu that they have secured a faculty thesis advisor and wish to complete the requirements of the MS Thesis program

After receiving admission, students will then submit a master's continuation form and BAM supplement form. For more information, please go to Pursue BAM or Concurrent Degrees | Office of the Registrar | University of Colorado Boulder.

Important Deadlines

Submission of the BAM Intent Form is recommended during either the fall or spring semesters of a student’s junior year. Applicants considering applying later in their undergraduate career should familiarize themselves with all deadlines and requirements for progressing from undergraduate to graduate status on the BAM website. Students cannot be admitted to the BAM program if they are in progress of meeting any of the required admission eligibilities during their graduating BS semester. The BS degree will be awarded prior to the student meeting requirements and the BAM admission policies are not met: "Students who are not admitted to the Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's program with the intent application before receiving the undergraduate degree are not eligible to double-count courses between degrees."

Deadlines for applying to the BAM program are as follows:

  • January 20, 2024 for students graduating with their BS in spring 2024
  • February 20, 2024 for students graduating with their BS in summer 2024
  • September 20, 2023 for students graduating with their BS in fall 2023