General Questions for the BAS Program
Is the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) a valid, recognized degree?
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP), when the particular exam has been approved for Mason credit. See the approved CLEP Examination list. A maximum of 45 maximum credits can be earned through exams. Students may not take CLEP exams for credit once they have matriculated at Mason.
- Certain university approved industry, government, or military training credits if such credits are indexed and recommended as college-level credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). To be eligible for Mason credit, training and course specifics must exactly match what is in the ACE guide and be approved for Mason credit. The specific credits must also be approved by the program director and the dean. A maximum of 45 maximum credits can be earned through ACE-approved training. A maximum of 60 total combined credits can be accepted for exams and ACE-approved training. For example, if 45 credits are accepted by ACE-approved training, a maximum of 15 credits can be accepted for exams. Students may not take these courses for credit once they have matriculated at Mason.
- Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits are demonstrated by portfolios for life experience/experiential credit subject to approval by the program director and the dean (30 maximum credits).
- To inquire about education benefits for military personnel, please visit the Office of Military Services or call (703) 993-2428.
Yes. As of Fall 2019, there is no longer an age requirement for BAS.
In BAS, each student’s major is “Applied Science”. Students are required to select a concentration that aligns with their AAS degree and their career goals.
Students earning a BAS degree are considered “Applied Science” majors. Each student is required to select a concentration when they apply.
The structure of the program varies slightly, depending on the concentration. All students are required to complete the Mason Core. Then, within the major, students take a series of BAS-specific classes. Finally, students have to complete the requirements for their concentration. Full details can be viewed in the University Catalog.
The diploma will include your major, Applied Science, and your chosen concentration.
The Mason Online ExperienceAre all courses available online?
For a tutorial video, view the Online guide to registration and using Patriot Web.
Online education courses require a great deal of SELF-DISCIPLINE and SELF-DIRECTION for your success. You will want to create, in writing, a brief study plan that helps you schedule enough time each week to log on and to work independently to meet the course objectives. Time on task, quality of all assignments, and quiz and other testing grades are monitored in a number of ways to help assure your success.
You will want to plan this time on a calendar and make sure that you have a work space where you may complete all of the requirements for the course prior to signing up for any distance education course. You will want to schedule more time in the first few weeks of class to get oriented to the distance environment, adjust your “living” schedules to be successful, and get assistance from the Mason community through e-mail, calls, and onsite visits if needed and possible.
If the course is synchronous, you will arrange your schedule to be online during the entire class time as posted in the syllabus, as well as scheduling time for completing assignments.
AdvisingHow do I contact my academic advisor?
If you plan to take time off from your degree completion, you will need to complete a Leave of Absence form prior to leaving Mason. Your account will remain active for one academic year. If this form was not completed in advance of leaving Mason, the you will have to either re-enroll or re-apply, depending on your situation. Contact your advisor with any questions.
Grades of Incomplete (IN) are treated as unsatisfactory grades (F) in determining warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal. Removal of a grade of incomplete may result in a retroactive elimination of these conditions.
Technology and Support for Distance EducationWhat technology is required?
You will need a GMU email account (specifically one ending in @gmu.edu or @masonlive.gmu.edu) in order to participate in any courses at GMU. Please review the GMU orientation presentation for more information about how to activate a GMU e-mail account.
Many courses use Courses/Blackboard. All Courses/Blackboard sites must be accessed at mymason.gmu.edu. To use this, you will need to enable pop-up windows in your browser. Some courses use content requiring a Flash Player, a media player, and Adobe Acrobat Reader. Other hardware or software may be required of your course or program and is available for purchase at Patriot Computers (the University’s computer store). Check the syllabus for your course or contact the instructor prior to the start of the course to find out about specific technical requirements for your class.