Applied Studies Degree

Bachelor's Degree Program

The bachelor of applied studies program is designed to enable professional advancement and provide personal satisfaction to individuals seeking more advanced positions in leadership. A minimum of 36 credit hours at the 300/400 level from BVU combined with a previously completed program (see below for details) is required. Students electing to complete this degree must satisfy all other requirements for graduation, including courses in intellectual foundations and intellectual explorations. The program is a general undergraduate degree without a traditional academic major. Instead, students are able to structure their programs that meet their individual objectives.

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Why should I earn an applied studies degree?

Level Up

Gain the degree you need to advance in your career and earn more. 

Go Further

Expand on your associate degree and earn your bachelor’s without re-taking courses.

Challenge

Push yourself to a higher level of education that will put you in the driver’s seat of your future. 

What Can I Do With an Applied Studies Degree

  • Agricultural business/technology
  • Sustainable energy/renewable energy
  • Hospitality management

Online & Hybrid

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Learn Completely Online

Earn your degree at your convenience with our easy-to-access, fully online curriculum. With one click, you can view assignments and grades, set up appointments with specialized tutors around the clock, access the student lounge, engage in group discussions, or contact professors. Get the BVU experience on your schedule, wherever you are.

Hybrid Learning

You can earn your applied studies degree without leaving your community. Hybrid courses combine the benefit of live ​video instruction with the convenience of online learning. In addition to a weekly class, hybrid students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.

    Applied Studies Courses

    • Requirements

      For students who have received an associate of science, associate of applied science, associate of applied arts, or a comparable degree from another institution with whom Buena Vista University has entered into agreement, the bachelor of applied studies degree offers students an opportunity to earn a degree at the baccalaureate level.

      Requirements:

      • Minimum of 36 credit hours at the 300/400 level from BVU combined with the previously completed program is required.
      • Satisfy all other requirements for graduation, including intellectual foundations and intellectual explorations. These courses may count toward the required 300/400 level courses necessary for the degree. 
      • A 2.000 GPA from Buena Vista is required for all students.

      A “major” is neither completed nor listed on their transcript, only the bachelor of applied studies degree. Therefore, the requirement for hours outside the major/school is eliminated. Students completing a B.A.S. degree must satisfy each of the six BVU objectives via a course taken at BVU or equivalent transfer course. 

    Transfer to BVU

    BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

    Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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    Applied Studies Faculty

    Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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    Transfer Your Credits

    Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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    Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

    With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your special education, teaching English as a second language, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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