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.

  • Applicants must be 25 or older upon application to Mason
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average
  • No previous suspensions or dismissals
  • Conferred Associate of Applied Science 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 Admissions Committee requires official transcripts reflecting A.A.S. conferral. No other documents are accepted.
  • As well as Mason’s standard transfer requirements:
    • Freshman English Composition and a Mason Core equivalent math. The English course must be equivalent to ENGH 101 and the Math course must be equivalent to one of the following: MATH 106, 108, 110, 111, 113. 125 or STAT 250. College Algebra is not accepted. Qualifying courses in English and Math must be completed prior to application with grades of A, B, or C.
    • An essay. Although optional, applicants are encouraged to use the essay to provide information about their background that can’t be gleaned from transcripts or a resume.
    • Resume for any applicant with gaps in enrollment other than a summer term. Although optional, the Admissions Committee will expect you to document your post-secondary school educational and professional experiences.
    • All applicants to George Mason University are reviewed for English Language Proficiency. If English is not your native language, please review requirements to meet Mason’s English Language Proficiency Requirements. VCCS students should choose ENG 111 and ENG 125.

Note: New student course registration is not permitted until the Office of Admissions has received the official final AAS transcript.

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.
  • 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 with grades of A, B, or C in each course:
    • 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:

  • Have been conferred an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree
  • Have a 2.85 or higher cumulative grade point average
  • Have completed Mason Core equivalent Written Communication and Quantitative Reasoning requirements with grades of C or better in each course
  • Have no previous suspensions or dismissals
  • Non-native speakers of English must meet the University English Language Proficiency requirement. VCCS students should choose ENG 111 and ENG 125.

*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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