Admissions Requirements

The Bachelor of Applied Science program offers a unique degree-completion curriculum that is designed for students who are typically in the workforce and wish to return to college to further their advancement opportunities. It is also perfect for veterans looking to expand upon their skills gained while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Designed with the adult-learner in mind, but open to students of all ages, the BAS degree offers a flexible learning experience for students.


General BAS Requirements:

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

  • Conferred Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree applicable to the BAS concentration of choice.
    • Fall applicants must graduate in May.
    • Spring applicants are advised to graduate in August.
    • December graduates may not be conferred in time to be considered for January enrollment.
    • The Admission Committee requires the final, official transcript reflecting the A.A.S. conferral date prior to enrollment at Mason. No other documents are accepted. New BAS student course registration is not permitted until the final transcript is received and processed.
  • A competitive cumulative grade point average.
  • Completion of English Composition with a grade of C or better before application to Mason
    • Course must be equivalent to ENGH 101.
    • VCCS Course: ENG 111
  • Completion of Math equivalent to Mason Core Math with a grade of C or better before application to Mason.
    • Course must be equivalent to MATH 106, 108, 110, 111, 113, 125 or STAT 250
    • VCCS courses that satisfy this requirement include: MATH 154, 261, 181, 182, 245, 273, and 286.

NOTE: If English is not your native language, the Admission Committee will require demonstrated English language proficiency before application to Mason. Proficiency may be satisfied by proficiency exams or by completing VCCS ENG 111 and 112 with grades of C or better. Several VCCS AAS degrees do not require ENG 112 (ex: Cybersecurity). Consult with your advisor early in your program to meet the English requirement before application to Mason.

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, Lord Fairfax Community College, or Tidewater Community College.
  • Have completed the following courses at the community college with grades of A, B, or C in each course:
    • ITN 106
    • ITN 170 or ITN 171
    • ITN 200
    • ITN 261
    • ITN 262
    • ITN 263
    • 2 from: (ITN 267, ITN 276, ITN 277, ITN 295)
    • ITP 100
    • ITP elective
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.

 


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 doctoral programs.

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