Admissions Requirements

The Bachelor of Applied Science program was designed for adult learners with work experience.  It is ideal for students who are in the workforce and wish to return to college to further their advancement opportunities.  It is also perfect for veterans looking to expand the skills gained while serving the country.


General BAS Requirements:

No matter which concentration you choose, you must meet the following base criteria.


Concentration-Specific Requirements

Some concentrations have specific requirements that must be met, in addition to those above. Select your concentration here to view those requirements.

Cyber Security

In order to be eligible for the BAS in Cyber Security, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Earned an AAS in Cyber Security or an AAS in Information Systems Technology, with a Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate, from Northern Virginia Community College or Lord Fairfax Community College.
  • Be 25 years or older (or petition the Admissions Committee for consideration.)
  • Meet the University English Language Proficiency requirement
  • Have completed the following courses at the community college:
    • ITN 261
    • ITN 262
    • ITN 263
    • 2 from: (ITN 267, ITN 276, ITN 277, ITN 295)
    • ITP 100
    • ITP elective
    • ITN 106
    • ITN 200
    • ITN 170 or ITN 171
Defense Information Systems Technology

The AAS degree must be in a technology-related field.

Legal Studies

The AAS degree must in in Paralegal Studies

Health, Wellness, and Social Services

The AAS degree must be in a field such as Health Information Management, Hospitality Management, Nutrition Management Specialization, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, or Respiratory Therapy.

Human Development and Family Sciences

The AAS degree must be in Early Childhood Education, or a related field.

Technology & Innovation

The AAS degree must be in a technology or business-related field.


Students Under the Age of 25

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:

*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.


All applicants 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.

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