Mason’s Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) is a unique program created specifically for students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. BAS students select a concentration area that aligns with their AAS degree.
Designed with the adult-learner in mind, but open to students of all ages, the BAS degree offers a flexible learning experience for students. Many BAS concentrations can be completed entirely online, or via a hybrid format.
The BAS program can award a high number of transfer credits to students with an AAS degree. Students with an AAS degree who transfer to traditional BA or BS programs often lose credits in the transfer process. This is not the case for BAS! Many transfers to BAS receive 60 or more credits*, so they arrive to Mason as Juniors!
Traditionally, AAS degrees were considered terminal, workforce development degrees. BAS degrees were created to give AAS students a pathway to a baccalaureate. Likewise, BAS degrees are traditionally considered terminal. The goal of BAS is to get students a stellar job in their field of choice. While BAS may not be designed to lead to advanced study in master’s or doctoral programs, students who wish to pursue this option are encouraged to contact such programs early if they desire that pathway.
* The number of transfer credits awarded is dependent upon a number of factors. Please review Mason’s Transfer Credit Policy for more details.