The BS/MS program is designed for current CU Boulder undergraduate students.

The BS/MS program offers you the chance to more quickly pursue a master’s degree. If you are a current CU Boulder mechanical engineering student and would like to earn a master’s degree, the BS/MS program is the best way to do it.

It takes less time than a standalone master’s degree, and admission is guaranteed if you meet the program requirements.

Admission to the program is typically during your junior year.

The BS/MS program is only open to current mechanical engineering students at CU Boulder. If you are pursuing another major as an undergraduate, you cannot enter the BS/MS program. This is true even if your major is within the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

The complete BS/MS program generally adds one to two years to your education, depending on your courseload. The master’s components can be completed in one year, but many students find the course load is easier when spread over a longer period of time.

View our master’s pages (Master of Science Professional or Master of Science Thesis) for coursework and general program requirements.

The BS/MS program is faster than a standalone master’s because you can apply up to six credit hours to both the BS and MS components. BS/MS students are also required to take only one semester of Graduate Seminar. Students in a standalone master’s program must take two semesters of Graduate Seminar.

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Completion of all MAPS deficiencies
  • Completed a minimum of 75 hours
  • Transfer students must have completed at least 24 hours at CU Boulder
  • If admitted to the program you may not pursue a double degree or double major
  • You must have completed four of the following six courses:
    • Computational Methods
    • Fluids
    • Thermodynamics 1
    • Thermodynamics 2
    • Heat Transfer
    • Component Design

Additional Information

  • Both degrees will be awarded simultaneously when requirements for both degrees are met.
  • Colorado resident students at graduate status are assessed graduate tuition rates and are NOT eligible for the College Opportunity Fund (COF).
  • Graduate students receiving financial aid are considered “independent” and are no longer eligible for aid requiring undergraduate status.
  • To comply with Title IV Higher Education regulations, students pursuing a concurrent BS/MS degree will automatically be changed to graduate status after the completion of 145 credit hours.
  • BS/MS students are required to take one semester of Graduate Seminar, MCEN 5027. This class is pass/fail and is attendance based. It does NOT count towards the 30 credit hours required for the degree. Attendance is required at 2/3 of the seminars for a passing grade.

Please contact Marissa Sutera with any questions about the BS/MS program.