The Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's (BAM) in Theatre and Performance Studies is an accelerated program aimed primarily at high-achieving undergraduates who may be planning to pursue a PhD at another institution or who wish to challenge themselves in advanced critical thinking. The BAM in Theatre and Performance Studies can give students advanced skills in a shorter amount of time using an integrated degree plan. A student can enter as a freshman Theatre Major and graduate with a BA and MA in Theatre within a five-year period (dependent upon criteria described below). The typical student will be a student writing an Honors Thesis who will use that project as the basis for developing the MA thesis, though this is not mandatory. This new degree program is open only to students enrolled in the BA in Theatre degree program at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The bachelor's degree will be awarded upon completion of the undergraduate requirements. The BAM student will then continue in the master's degree program (must meet minimum eligibility standards). Students can take up to 12 credit hours while in undergraduate status to use toward the master's degree, and six credits of the 12 can be double counted toward both degrees.
In order to gain admission to the BAM program a student must meet the following criteria:
- Complete all MAPS deficiencies
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Interested students should apply for admission to the BAM by December 15 of their junior year.
To apply for the Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's (BAM) in Theatre and Performance Studies you will need:
- An unofficial transcript
- A 5-10 page sample of scholarly writing
- To complete the online application
The Theatre & Dance Graduate Admissions Committee reviews applications for the BAM. Students will be notified of acceptance or denial by the end of February.
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 credits 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.
All graduate level coursework applying towards the graduate degree must be taught by members of the graduate faculty holding current Graduate Faculty appointments.
Thesis & Non-Thesis Tracks
The MA component of the 5-year Theatre BAM program has a thesis track and a non-thesis track.
Thesis Track – Plan I
The thesis track requires students to write a substantial research document demonstrating mature critical thought and based on independent study and investigation (Graduate School Plan I). This “thesis track” BAM prepares students to pursue a PhD degree; students choose this track if they wish to apply to other doctoral programs. We recommend that students who get a BAM at CU apply to other programs for a PhD so they receive sufficient diversity within their education.
To complete the thesis track of the BAM program, students must demonstrate proficiency in three areas:
- academic coursework
- the thesis
- the final exam (oral)
Students choosing Plan I, the thesis option, may use the following as a model for completing the required 30 hours for the MA:
- 18 hours of graduate coursework minimum, taken in the last four semesters
- 6 hours of undergraduate upper division coursework counted in the BA may count towards the MA, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies
- 4-6 hours of thesis credit hours taken in the last two semesters for completion of the thesis
Non-Thesis Track – Plan II
Students who do not plan to pursue a PhD can elect the non-thesis track, which requires a written exam covering graduate coursework (Graduate School Plan II).
To complete the non-thesis track of the BAM program, students must demonstrate proficiency in two areas:
- academic coursework
- the final exam (written and oral)
Students choosing Plan II, non-thesis option, may use the following as a model for completing the required 30 hours for the MA:
- 24 hours of graduate coursework minimum, taken in the last four semesters
- 6 hours of undergraduate upper division coursework in the BA may count toward the MA, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies