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Bachelor of Applied Science

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) is an undergraduate liberal arts degree program. It is designed primarily to deepen student knowledge in an academic area and foster critical thinking, analytic reasoning and an ability to synthesize information.

The BAS articulates well with specialized associate degree programs, providing a streamlined path to completion of traditional academic requirements leading to the baccalaureate degree. It meets students’ professional and personal goals while developing a depth of knowledge and proficiency of skill that translates well to the workplace. However, it is not organized in the same way as a traditional baccalaureate degree, and the student’s area of specialization will not be formally identified on the transcript. Students planning graduate study should consult with an academic advisor prior to undertaking this degree program.


Admission to BAS is competitive. As a prerequisite to enrollment in the BAS, students must receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from an accredited two-year institution in an approved area of specialization. The AAS degree will normally fulfill some, but not all, of George Mason’s general education requirements. The Admissions Committee is currently accepting applications from Virginia Community College System AAS graduates in Business Management and Administration of Justice.

Degree Requirements

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BAS Degree Programs

AAS, Administration of Justice to BAS, Communication Theory Specialization

AAS, Business Management to BAS, Conflict Analysis and Resolution Specialization (PDF)

More Information

For additional information on fall or spring enrollment, contact BAS Program Administrator & Advisor:

Darren Troxler
Director of Admissions Operations and Chief Transfer Officer