Steps to Getting Started with your BAS Degree Program

Review

Please review the BAS website for a complete list and description of the concentrations offered under this degree program. You may submit inquiries using the form found on the “Contact Us” tab.  Please take time to also review the FAQs section of the BAS website, you may find that a number of your questions and concerns have  already been addressed there.

Application

Prospective students may apply to the BAS program through using the “Apply Now” tab on the BAS website. The earliest a student should apply to Mason would be during the last semester in which the student is completing the AAS Degree at a Virginia Community College. As part of the application process, the student will be asked to submit an official transcript from any institution of higher education that individual has ever attended. (Note: If you are applying to Mason before you have completed your AAS degree, you will need to send the university a final transcript showing notation that your AAS degree was awarded by your community college. There is a penalty in place if the Office of Admissions does not receive that final transcript. The final transcript must be received by Admissions before the completion of your first semester at Mason.

Acceptance

Students admitted to Mason will be sent a letter of acceptance from the Office of Admissions. To confirm their acceptance, a student must pay their enrollment deposit.

Tuition

A student should be aware of all tuition deadlines, as well as how, when, and where to pay tuition. Students may find a host of financial aid information on the Office of Student Financial Aid website. Tuition information will also be available in a student’s Patriot Web account.
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Deposit

Once the deposit has been received, the Office of Admissions will create an official Transfer Credit Evaluation for the student. This evaluation will show which credits have been accepted by Mason, as well as the courses’ new course number designators.

Advising

It will be at this time when a student should begin working with their BAS academic advisor to review their degree progress so the student is aware of which parts of their degree are complete and which parts remain incomplete.

Activate Accounts

During this same period, students need to activate their new GMU email and their personal Patriot Web account.

Orientation

All new students are required to attend orientation. Enrolling for orientation takes place after a student has paid their enrollment deposit. Please note: Students who are enrolled in the Technology and Innovation or the Cyber Security concentrations are not required to come to the campus to attend an orientation.

Register

To register for courses, each Mason student receives a Registration Time Ticket. The date and time of the student’s registration will be posted in their Patriot Web account, by the Registrar’s Office, upon the start of the registration cycle. For new BAS transfer students, the Registration Time Ticket will be the day of their new student transfer orientation (Note: BAS Technology and Innovation students do not attend a Mason orientation. Their registration time ticket will be set to the date of the first upcoming transfer orientation). Every other semester after a student’s first semester, the Registration Time Ticket is assigned based on the total number of earned credits.

Textbooks

Once a student has registered for their courses, the student may purchase their textbooks using the Mason online bookstore.

Mason Policies

Once the semester has begun, it is the responsibility of the student to be aware of Mason policy, particularly policies that may directly impact their academic progress. A student should know when the deadlines for late add, drop, selective withdrawal, etc. will take effect. Students are expected to also know the academic standing policy, and how the university determines whether a student is placed on academic warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal.

Student Support Services

Finally, whether you are struggling, or having great success in completing your BAS degree, please be aware of, and seek out, the appropriate support services, offered by Mason, to insure those successes continue throughout your time with us. Your academic advisor or the BAS Program Coordinator are great resources to help you locate the appropriate support services for you.

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