Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
by UTEP Connect
Earning your associate's degree was a great accomplishment – but has it allowed you to realize all your career goals? Completing your Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree has many advantages – especially when you consider the flexibility of earning it online.
Why do you need a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree?
Are you looking for a promotion? How about a new job? Or maybe a complete career change? Simply put, having your Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree gives you more opportunities across industries. You’ll have the choices to do more, different work, and to take your career further.
What are the salary implications of a BAAS degree?
The difference in salary between a bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree is impressive. The national starting median pay for those with a bachelor’s degree is $43,200, which is over 20% higher than the national starting median pay for those who hold an associate’s degree: $35,100*.
Why an online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences?
The online BAAS is the perfect path to a bachelor’s degree for working professionals with an Associate's of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree who need a bachelor’s as quickly as possible to advance in the workplace. Online programs mean you don’t have to take years away from work in order to earn your degree.
Students get 33 hours of transfer credit, so they can potentially complete the BAAS and graduate in approximately 3 instead of 4 years: a huge savings in time and money.
What will you learn with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences?
Graduates of this program will leave with strong writing and communication skills which are widely applicable and useful in a variety of areas. In addition, you will choose two areas of concentration, including Intelligence and National Security Studies, Communication Studies, Research Methods, and Writing Studies, among others.
What is the job outlook for someone with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree?
The foundation you’ll gain through your BAAS will provide you with skills valued by many employers over a broad range of industries. It is quite possibly the most versatile degree you can earn. This means you will not only be more employable, you’ll also be more likely to stay employed, as your degree is applicable across so many different jobs.
Ready to get started with your online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree?
If you see yourself advancing in your current job, or having the flexibility to change careers, earning your BAAS degree is the key to your future. Learn about the UTEP Connect BAAS program, then contact UTEP today to get the professional assistance you need to make a sound career decision. UTEP counselors will even help you determine which courses from your associate degree can be applied toward a BAAS, so you can complete your degree quickly.