What is the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree?

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree is limited to students with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The degree allows the transfer of an accredited (AAS) degree into a baccalaureate degree, counting the AAS credits much as credits in a major are counted. 

Students who have earned an AAS degree from a regionally accredited institution can enroll at MSU Billings to complete General Requirements and take upper division credits in areas of study which will complement their AAS credits already earned. The program is designed for students who want to build upon the technical strengths of their AAS degree. There are a variety of options for completing the BAS degree. 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Bachelor of Applied Science Worksheet

NOTE: Requires Faculty Approval.

  • Complete an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Earn at least 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. A maximum of 60 credits from an AAS degree may be used toward fulfilling this requirement

  • Satisfy the General Requirements of Montana State University Billings

  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits at Montana State University Billings

  • Complete at least 30 upper division credits, of which at least 21 must be earned from Montana State University Billings

  • Complete a thematic concentration of 30 credits including at least 15 credits from one discipline. This concentration shall be prepared in collaboration with a faculty advisor and approved by the Academic Dean. Some examples of currently online Thematic Concentrations include:

  • Business
  • Health Administration
  • Management and Organization Communication
  • Management and Public Relations

  • Management and Mass Communication

  • Mass Communication and Public Relations

  • Organizational Communication and Public Relations

  • Other self-designed concentrations may be created in consultation with an academic advisor

Self-designed Thematic Concentration: 

Students are encouraged to work with an Academic Advisor to design a thematic concentration. This is an opportunityfor a student to develop a self-designed major that meets their academic interests and goals. The concentration must include at least 30 credits of course work, and it must have at least 15 credits from one discipline. For academic advising and course selection assistance, please email the Montana State University Billings Online Advisor

What can I do with a degree in Applied Science? The jobs available to BAS graduates are often related to their AAS degree program. Many BAS graduates choose to remain in their particular career area but are able to pursue other opportunities or advanced positions. For more information about career opportunities available, please visit MSU Billings Career & Employment Services.

Some sample jobs of Applied Science graduates include:

  • Management Trainee
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • T & I Instructor
  • Technical Assistant
  • Financial Service Representative

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