About the Program

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

An Adult Degree Completion Program

Mason’s Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) is a unique program designed specifically for the adult learner. These learners are most often characterized as nontraditional students who are over the age of 25 and are, or plan to attend, a post-secondary institution. In addition, adult learners may also be identified as single parents, full-time or part-time employees, military members, veterans, individuals who have delayed enrollment at a college or university for a variety of reasons, those who may have some college credits, as well as those who have an associate’s degree. For those who have already received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (AAS) and wish to earn a bachelor’s degree, this may be the program for you!

What’s Required?
    • Have been conferred an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree
    • Minimum 7 years since high school graduation
    • Minimum GPA of 2.00
    • Deadline: March 1st for fall admission; October 1st for spring admission
    • Must be at least 25 years of age by application date
    • Meet the University English Language Proficiency requirement

Recognizing that transfer students present a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, students younger than 25 may petition* the Admissions Committee to be considered at a younger age if they meet the following criteria:

    • Have been conferred an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree
    • Have a 2.85 or higher cumulative grade point average
    • Have completed ENG 111 and a Mason Core equivalent Quantitative Reasoning with grades of C or better in each course
    • Have no previous suspensions or dismissals
    • Meet the University English Language Proficiency requirement

*Note: Applicants under the age of 25 will automatically be considered for the petition upon application to the University. No separate application or forms are required.

Interested students should note the following:
    • BAS degrees are typically terminal degrees and are not designed to lead to advanced study in master’s degree or PhD programs.
    • Qualified students are offered direct admission to the BAS only. Major changes are not permitted. Students who wish to change degree programs will be required to reapply to Mason.
Transfer Credit

The BAS program will accept the following types of transfer credit:

    • Credit earned at regionally accredited institutions
    • Credit earned by examination
    • Credit earned at independently or privately accredited institutions
    • Employer sponsored or military training

For more information on previous credits and training assessment, CLICK HERE

Important Dates