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The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) is an undergraduate liberal arts degree program for adult learners. 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 Applied Associate Science (AAS) 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. Students planning graduate study should consult with an academic advisor prior to undertaking this degree program.

Admissions

As a prerequisite to enrollment in the BAS, students must have received an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from an accredited two-year institution in an approved area of specialization. Students should review specific Admissions details on the program's website.

Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Program Requirements

BAS students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees including Mason Core requirements, to include 45 credits of upper-level coursework. All Mason Core requirements must be met with either George Mason courses or transferrable equivalents.

The minimum credit requirement for a bachelor's degree is 120 credits; however, while there is some variation between concentration areas, fulfilling all Mason Core requirements and an academic concentration is likely to require most BAS students to complete at least 63-66 credits at George Mason, which may lead to over 120 credits of coursework in order to receive the degree.

Admitted BAS students will be academically advised by the appropriate BAS Program concentration Advisor to plan their course of study including completion of the Mason Core, the BAS concentration, and any remaining requirements. See the website for more information.

The degree plan outlined is based on a student who transfers in a minimum of 30 credits from a completed AAS degree. Some of these credits may count only towards the elective requirement within the BAS degree.

Specific concentrations may have additional policies indicated below.

Banner Code: UN-BAS-APLS

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120-126

Concentrations are intended to provide focus for the BAS curriculum in an area relevant to the student's AAS degree while allowing for the breadth of study associated with a liberal arts baccalaureate degree. Please note that determination of current transfer work for these concentrations may impact course requirements.

In addition to satisfying all Mason Core requirements, students must satisfy the requirements for one of the eight concentrations. 

Concentrations

Concentration in Applied Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ACAR)

This concentration is in collaboration with the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Core Requirement
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
CONF 101Conflict and Our World (Mason Core)3
CONF 301Research and Inquiry in Conflict Resolution3
CONF 302Culture, Identity, and Conflict3
Select one of the following3
Interpersonal Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Community, Group, and Organizational Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Mason Core)
Applied Coursework
CONF 300Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice3
Choose three credits of Skills Coursework from:3
Dialogue and Difference
Internship Field Experience
International Field Experience
Special Topics in Advanced Techniques and Practices
Mediating Conflict
or foreign language completed at the 202 level.
CONF 490RS: Integration (Mason Core)3
Electives
In consultation with their advisor, students are required to take 18 credits of concentration coursework; at least 9 credits must be from the CONF department. The concentration list can be found in the catalog or on our website.18
Total Credits42

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Cyber Security (CYBS)

This concentration is in collaboration with the Volgenau School of Engineering and is only available to students who graduate with an AAS degree in Cyber Security from a partner school. Full admissions requirements can be viewed on the program website.

Students must have a C or better in any course that satisfies a prerequisite for an IT course.  To graduate with the BAS with a Cyber Security concentration, students must have a C or better in their core, concentration, and technical focus courses.

Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone3
Concentration Requirements
IT 104Introduction to Computing3
IT 105IT Architecture Fundamentals3
IT 223Information Security Fundamentals3
IT 304IT in the Global Economy (Mason Core)3
IT 343IT Project Management (Fulfills writing intensive requirement)3
IT 357Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing3
IT 429Security Accreditation of Information Systems3
IT 462Applied Cyber Threat Analysis3
IT Cyber Security
Specific courses must be taken at the community college to fulfill this requirement (15 credits met via transfer). Students should consult with their advisor.15
IT Elective Transfer Courses
Specific courses must be taken at the community college to fulfill this requirement (15 credits met via transfer). Students should consult with an advisor.15
Technical Focus
Select 15 credit hours of required IT, MBUS, or MIS coursework from the following. Courses not listed here may be selected in consultation with the advisor. Not all Technical Focus courses listed here are offered online. Students pursuing CYBS online should meet with their advisor to select courses that are offered online.15
Information Defense Technologies
Data and Application Security
Turning Ideas into Successful Companies
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Managing Information in a Global Economy
Marketing in a Global Economy
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Introduction to International Business (Mason Core)
Managing Projects and Operations
Corporate Finance and Investments in a Global Economy
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Database Management Systems
Networks and Security
Systems Analysis and Design
Advanced Database Systems
Information Systems Audit and Control
Total Credits78

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Cloud Computing (CCG)

This concentration is in collaboration with the School of Business and the Volgenau School of Engineering and is only available to students who graduate with an AAS degree in a related field from a partner school. Full admissions requirements can be viewed on the program website.

To graduate with the BAS with a Cloud Computing concentration, students must have a C or better in their core and concentration courses.

Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone3
Total Credits9

Additional Concentration Requirements

In order to complete the Cloud Computing Concentration, students complete one of the two following areas:

Cloud Technology
MATH 108Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)3
or MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
IT 102Discrete Structures3
or MATH 125 Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)
IT 104Introduction to Computing3
IT 105IT Architecture Fundamentals3
IT 106Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming3
or IT 109 Introduction to Computer Programming
IT 300Modern Telecommunications3
IT 341Data Communications and Network Principles3
IT 343IT Project Management3
IT 442Cloud Infrastructure3
IT 451Cloud Services Management3
IT 461Application Development in Cloud3
IT 471Big Data on Cloud Systems3
IT 481Cloud Security3
Total Credits39
Cloud System Management
MIS 303Introduction to Business Information Systems3
MIS 310Database Management Systems3
MIS 330Systems Analysis and Design3
MIS 341Cloud Computing Essentials3
MIS 441Cloud System Management3
Applied Coursework
Students pursuing Cloud System Management must select 15 credit hours of upper-level coursework from the following. Courses not listed here may be selected in consultation with the advisor. 15
Accounting in a Global Economy
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Marketing in a Global Economy
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Introduction to International Business (Mason Core)
Managing Projects and Operations
Corporate Finance and Investments in a Global Economy
Networks and Security
Advanced Database Systems
Information Systems Audit and Control
Information Security and Assurance
Data Warehousing
Data Mining for Business Applications
Advanced Data Mining
Programming for Analytics
Total Credits30

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Health, Wellness and Social Services (HWSS)

This concentration is in collaboration with the College of Health and Human Services.

To enroll in this concentration, students must have an AAS in one of the following areas:

  • Health Information Management
  • Hospitality Management, Nutrition Management specialization
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapy
Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
SOCW 200Introduction to Social Work3
GCH 205Global Health (Mason Core)3
NURS 434Vulnerable Populations3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone3
Total Credits18

Additional Concentration Requirements

To complete the Health, Wellness and Social Services concentration, students must complete one of the two following areas:

Health Care Administration
HAP 301Health Care Delivery in the United States3
HAP 360Introduction to Health Information Systems3
HAP 442Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy3
SOCW 380Changing Social Policies and Systems3
Total Credits12
Physical and Mental Health Care Delivery
HAP 301Health Care Delivery in the United States3
NUTR 295Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)3
Select one from the following:3
Health and Environment
Healthy Aging
Human Behavior and the Family Life Course (Mason Core)
Introduction to Gerontology
Selected Topics in Social Work Intervention
Total Credits9

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS)

This concentration is in collaboration with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development.

Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
HDFS 200Individual and Family Development (Mason Core)3
PSYC 211Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 301Research Methods in Psychology (Fulfills writing intensive requirement)3
or SOCI 303 Methods and Logic of Inquiry
INTS 321Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)3
HDFS 300Individual and Family Services Delivery3
HDFS 400Advanced Family Processes (Mason Core) (Fulfills synthesis requirement)3
HDFS 401Family Law and Public Policy (Fulfills writing intensive requirement)3
HDFS 498Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science3
HDFS 499Advanced Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science3
Total Credits30

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Legal Studies (LGLS)

This concentration is in collaboration with School of Integrative Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Schar School of Policy and Government.

Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone3
Concentration Requirements
Required Courses:
INTS 300Law and Justice (Mason Core)3
Additional Courses (minimum 18 credits): 118
Legal Environment of Business
Roman Law and Society
Case Studies in Persuasion
Persuasion
Journalism Law
Mediating Conflict
Introduction to Criminal Justice (Mason Core)
Introduction to Law and Society
CRIM 301Public Law and the Judicial Process3
or GOVT 301 Public Law and the Judicial Process
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Family Law and the Justice System
Advanced Topics in Law and Society
Controversial Legal Issues
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Constitutional Law: Criminal Process and Rights
Criminal Law
Law and Economics
Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)
Law and Society
Law and Ethics of War
International Law and Organization
Administrative Law and Procedures
Healthcare Law
Family Law and Public Policy
Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Sport and Recreation Law
Philosophy of Law
Religion and Law in the United States
Criminology
Sociology of Delinquency
Total Credits33

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Managerial Leadership (MGL)

This concentration is in collaboration with School of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone3
Concentration Requirements
MBUS 301Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy3
MBUS 302Managing Information in a Global Economy3
MBUS 306Managing Projects and Operations3
INTS 404Ethics and Leadership4
INTS 435Leadership in a Changing Environment4
CONF 300Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice3
CONF 302Culture, Identity, and Conflict3
CONF 320Interpersonal Conflict Analysis and Resolution3
COMM 320Business and Professional Communication3
COMM 401Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace3
Total Credits41

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Concentration in Technology and Innovation (TCNV)

This concentration is in collaboration with School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering.

Core Requirements
BAS 300Building Professional Competencies3
BAS 490Introduction to Research Methods3
BAS 491Applied Sciences Capstone3
Concentration Requirements 1
IT 105IT Architecture Fundamentals3
IT 213Multimedia and Web Design 23
IT 214Database Fundamentals 23
IT 223Information Security Fundamentals3
IT 304IT in the Global Economy (Mason Core)3
IT 343IT Project Management3
MBUS 300Accounting in a Global Economy3
MBUS 301Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy3
MBUS 302Managing Information in a Global Economy3
MBUS 303Marketing in a Global Economy3
MBUS 305Introduction to International Business (Mason Core)3
Total Credits42

Electives (variable)

All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. Students will work with their advisor to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements. The number of elective credits that a BAS student may have available will vary by concentration and the amount of applicable transfer coursework the student has been awarded.

Applied Science, BAS Cyber Security Concentration/Digital Forensics, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Applied Science, BAS, Cyber Security Concentration have the option of obtaining an accelerated Digital Forensics, MS.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Applied Science, BAS, Cyber Security Concentration program may apply for this option if they have earned 90 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.25. Criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Digital Forensics, MS program.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for the BAS and MS programs, with 6 credits overlapping with two of the following four courses:

CFRS 510Digital Forensics Analysis3
CFRS 660Network Forensics3
CFRS 661Digital Media Forensics3
CFRS 664Incident Response Forensics3

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BAS requirements to have the BAS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student’s final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and the VSE Graduate Admissions Office. At the completion of MS requirements, a master’s degree is conferred.