Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Science is an undergraduate liberal arts degree program for adult learners. Designed to foster critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and an ability to synthesize information, the BAS meets students’ professional and personal goals. This degree is ideal for those who desire to gain workplace and industry-wide technical competencies, complete a bachelor’s degree, and enhance personal earning potential. Coursework will build business know-how and information technology skills in preparation for the global business place.

What it costs

The cost is $510.50 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,487.75 per credit hour for out-of-state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Learning fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

BAS accepts transfer applications only. For application information and deadlines, see:

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Applied Science

Concentration: Technology and Innovation

Degree: BAS

College/School: Adult Degree Completion Programs

Credits: 120-126 total
63-66 at Mason

Who should apply?

This degree completion program is designed for adult learners like you who hold an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in a technology or business-related field. Classes such as Information Security Fundamentals and Managing Information in a Global Environment blend business know-how and information technology to help prepare business people for state workforce demands and the global marketplace.

Why choose George Mason?

  • Our program will build on your current skills to make you more competitive in Virginia’s growing workforce.
  • We will help you maximize your accumulated credits and ‘life credits’.
  • This entire concentration is taught by outstanding Mason faculty and offered entirely online so you can complete assignments from anywhere.
  • Student support services, including phone consultations, are available to help you stay connected with the university and keep you on track to graduate.
  • As part of this program, you will participate in internships and experiential-based activities to build the competence you need where you live and work.

Program requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 120-126 credits total

  • Transfer credits from AAS degree
  • 9 credits core courses
  • 27 credits concentration courses
  • 40 credits Mason Core courses
  • 45 credits upper-level courses

Some of the AAS transfer credits may count towards your Mason Core and upper-level course credits. Please consult with Krystal Dains ( for more information.

All courses for this concentration are available online. Most courses are delivered asynchronously and offerings vary by semester.

Core Requirements (9 credits)

  • BAS 300 Building Professional Competencies | 3 credits
  • BAS 490 Introduction to Research Methods | 3 credits
  • BAS 491 Applied Sciences Capstone | 3 credits

Concentration Requirements (27 credits)

In order to enroll in some concentration courses, you must first complete any pre-requisite course requirements. Pre-requisites that are not used to fulfill core or concentration requirements may fulfill remaining credits as electives. See the course catalog for required prerequisites.

  • IT 105 IT Architecture Fundamentals | 3 credits
  • IT 213 Multimedia and Web Design | 3 credits
  • IT 214 Database Fundamentals | 3 credits
  • IT 223 Information Security Fundamentals | 3 credits
  • IT 304 IT in the Global Economy | 3 credits
  • IT 343 IT Project Management | 3 credits
  • MBUS 300 Accounting in a Global Economy | 3 credits
  • MBUS 301 Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
  • MBUS 302 Managing Information in a Global Environment | 4 credits
  • MBUS 303 Marketing in a Global Economy | 3 credits
  • MBUS 305 Introduction to International Business | 3 credits

Electives (variable)

Electives may fulfill remaining credit requirements. All BAS students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, including 40 general education (Mason Core) credits and at least 45 credits of upper-level courses. The requirement to complete at least 63-66 credits at Mason may lead to more than 120 credit hours. Students will work with their advisors to determine how to fulfill their outstanding credit hours to ensure they have met all major and university requirements.

Please note: the Information Sciences and Technology department offers 1-credit, self-paced, online review courses, and students who successfully pass the 1-credit course will receive credit (not a waiver) for the corresponding 3-credit course. Students who are not successful must take the respective course at Mason to meet their degree requirements.Review courses are available as follows:

  • Review for IT 213 – IT 193 Review of Multimedia and Web Design | 1 credit
  • Review for IT 214 – IT 194 Review of Database Fundamentals | 1 credit

Tuition (2018-2019)

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on loans, scholarships, and other types of financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Career Descriptions

With a BAS in technology and innovation, you will be prepared for a career in computer specialist fields, assisting people and organizations to develop and use different technology, software, or equipment. There is a demand for computer specialists in numerous industries, including IT, education, finance, health care, and telecommunication. Examples of specific positions in the field include:

  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Help-desk Technician
  • Software Engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Technical Trainer
  • Project Manager

Key employers for graduates of related programs include:

  • General Dynamics
  • Ntiva
  • DataMeaning

As a Mason student, you may contact the University Career Services center for more career information and counseling.

Program CoordinatorKrystal Dains
Academic Program Coordinator
Information Sciences and Technology
Phone: (703) 993-2799
Program Website


  • Hold an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in an information technology- or business-related field, from an accredited two-year institution
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in AAS coursework
  • Must be 25 years old by October 1st for spring admission or March 1st for fall admission

Application Materials