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Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS)

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Individualized Program

Create your own Program of Study to seamlessly transition to a baccalaureate degree.

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Flexible, online classes make it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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Get up to 100% of tuition covered with the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.*

Pursue Your Bachelor’s with a Personalized Program of Study

The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) provides a flexible degree option for community college graduates with technical or applied degrees. BAS students actively participate in creating a customized study roadmap in coordination with their advisor to minimize credit loss from previous college-level studies and integrate their academic and professional goals.

This program differs significantly from traditional degree programs, accommodating a diverse student population, including full-time professionals, veterans, active duty military personnel or active duty family, transfer students, and those returning to college. Graduates are equipped with critical and analytical skills preparing them to excel in their chosen field.

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Career Pathways

With a Bachelor of Applied Studies, you will be able to unlock a multitude of career pathways depending on the unique Program of Study you construct. Here is a selection of the limitless career possibilities for graduates with an applied studies degree:

  • Business Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Health Services Manager
  • Medical Technologist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Systems Administrator
  • Criminal Justice Professional
  • Chemical Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Construction Manager
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“As an 18 year old, I found NMSU to be one of the most inviting campuses — rich in student life yet equally involved in academics. As a 36 year old, I am looking forward to coming full circle with NMSU and graduating as an Aggie forever.”

Stephanie M., Class of 2024

BAS students coordinate with their advisor to construct a well-designed interdisciplinary Program of Study in their field of interest. Each student is responsible for clearly expressing their ideas in writing, conducting systematic inquiry, handling ambiguity in the design and implementation of their studies, proactively communicating with advisors, and following through on tasks related to their Program of Study.

Program Credits: 120 credits credits
Cost Per Credit Hour: $395.40**
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250
College: Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Applied Studies program requires a minimum of 128 credits, with the possibility of exceeding this number based on your unique Program of Study and the determination of your academic advisor. To earn this degree, you must fulfill a minimum of 48 upper-division credits, including six from the Viewing a Wider World curriculum. A minimum of 36 upper-division credits must be beyond the NMSU General Education Core Requirements with a grade of C- or better. It is also recommended you complete one or more approved minors, each requiring a minimum of 18 credits, including at least 9 upper-division credits.

Sample Courses Credits
INTR 300: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies 3
INTR 301: Interdisciplinary Research: Theory & Practice 3
MGMT 309: Human Behavior in Organizations 3
BCIS 338: Business Information Systems I 3
C S 371: Software Development 4
ECON 432V: Economics of Health Care 3
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To be enrolled in the BAS program, an Associate of Applied Science or an equivalent degree from a regionally accredited institution is required. NMSU’s English and Mathematics Basic Skills Requirements, as outlined in the Regulations – Basic Academic Skills, must have been completed, and the BAS degree must be declared in the final semester of study, by the last date to drop with a “W,” as specified in the NMSU Academic Calendar.

At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

Contact Financial Aid
Phone: 1-888-729-6678
Email: onlineFA@nmsu.edu 

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*For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.