Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Science is a liberal arts program designed for adult learners. Fostering critical thinking and analytic reasoning, the BAS develops a depth of knowledge and proficiency of skill that translates well to the workplace. Offered in collaboration with Volgenau School of Engineering, this concentration is only available to students graduating from Northern Virginia or Lord Fairfax Community Colleges, with an AAS in Cyber Security or an AAS in Information Systems Technology with a Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate.

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: Cybersecurity

Degree: BAS

College/School: Adult Degree Completion Programs

Credits: 120-126 total
63-66 at Mason

Who should apply?

There is a critical shortage of cyber security analysts and technicians to fill the 50,000 shortage in cyber security jobs within the Federal Government, most of these within the Washington D.C. Metropolitan region. This program allows students and IT workers who have graduated from Northern Virginia Community College or Lord Fairfax Community College (with an AAS degree in Cyber Security or an AAS in Information Systems Technology with a Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate) to complete a Bachelor’s degree and start a cyber security career with the requisite skills designed to “hit-the-ground-running.”

Why choose George Mason?

  • Offered in collaboration with Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE), this concentration is designed to allow students to complete a Bachelor’s degree while developing the requisite skills to launch a successful career.
  • Mason’s BAS program builds upon the foundations taught at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), which was recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Security Agency (NSA).
  • BAS students develop tangible skills that are recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) as vital to the cybersecurity field.
  • The BAS with a concentration in Cybersecurity is offered fully online with courses that can be completed from anywhere.
  • Through a capstone course, students participate in experiential-based activities to put learned skills into practice.

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 from NVCC or LFCC only
  • 9 credits core courses
  • 24 credits concentration courses
  • 40 credits Mason Core courses
  • 45 credits upper-level courses
  • Minimum of 15 credits elective courses

Some of the AAS transfer credits may count towards your Mason Core and upper-level course credits. Please contact your program advisor for more information. Sufficient courses are offered to complete the entire degree online. Most online 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 (24 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 pre-requisites or your program advisor for more information.

  • IT 104 Introduction to Computing | 3 credits
  • IT 105 IT Architecture 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
  • IT 357 Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing | 3 credits
  • IT 429 Security Accreditation of Information Systems | 3 credits
  • IT 462 Information Security Principles | 3 credits

Electives (minimum 15 credits)

Students in this concentration are required to take at least 15 credits of IT or MBUS coursework, selected in consultation with their advisor.

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.

Tuition (2018-2019)

Virginia Resident$510.50
Non-Virginia Resident$1,487.75
Distance Learning Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

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 critical shortage of cybersecurity analysts and technicians, especially for jobs within the Federal Government, now is the opportune time to join the cybersecurity field. Mason’s strategic location in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area ensures that students will benefit from an engaging and relevant curriculum, providing the foundation necessary to be a professional in the field.  Specific positions that graduates of this program may obtain include:

  • Cybersecurity analysts and technicians
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Information security analysts

As a Mason student, you may contact University Career Services 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 Cyber Security or in Information Systems Technology with a Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate from Northern Virginia Community College or Lord Fairfax Community College
  • 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 (or see Age Waiver Form below)
  • Meet the University English Language Proficiency requirement

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