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Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor's degree completion program

The Northwest Difference

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is a flexible, individually tailored degree for students who have pursued a vocational or technical degree. Students who have earned a technical Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or certificate from a regionally accredited community college may find a B.A.S. appealing for the following reasons:

  • Shorter time to degree
  • Maximize the transfer of vocational and technical courses towards a four-year degree
  • Requires fewer Northwest Core courses (general education courses)
  • Personalized and flexible degree plan
  • Cost effective

Also available: Online Bachelor of Applied Science

Program Areas Available

  • Agriculture
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • General Studies
  • Applied Computing
  • Food Services
  • Geography
  • Marketing
  • Computer Business Applications

Benefits of Northwest-Kansas City

  • Complete classes in seven weeks
  • Earn your degree as quickly and conveniently as possible while receiving a quality education
  • Finish your four-year degree without leaving the Kansas City metro

Degree Requirements

To be admitted to Northwest’s B.A.S. program, you must have completed one of the following degrees in any area from a regionally-accredited institution:

  • A one-year technical certificate or diploma
  • A two-year technical certificate or diploma
  • An A.A.S. or an eligible technical A.S.

The curriculum leading to a B.A.S. is determined based on the specific discipline area that a student pursues. A set of course is selected for each student to provide additional knowledge in a specific discipline. For example, a technical certificate in agriculture combined with a B.A.S. emphasis in management would better prepare you to enter the business field.

Degree requirements will vary from program to program. However, all B.A.S. students will complete 33 hours of studies from the Northwest Core and three hours from the Institutional Requirements.

Students who have earned a one-year certificate will complete a minimum of 39 hours of coursework at Northwest in their chosen emphasis area. Students who have earned a two-year certificate, A.A.S., or eligible A.S. will complete a minimum of 24 hours of coursework at Northwest in their chosen emphasis area.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »

About Northwest-Kansas City

Northwest-Kansas City is designed to attract students from the Kansas City metropolitan region. Faculty and staff are here to help you complete your degree and begin your career. 

Through internships and hands-on experiences, faculty provide the tools and expertise to ensure you are career ready on day one.

Paying for your degree

We know that paying for college can be challenging. Visit the Office of Financial Assistance to learn about the more than $18 million in scholarships and grants.

Don’t forget, Northwest’s  textbook and laptop rental programs will save you nearly $1,800 per year.

Want to earn in-state rates?

The Bearcat Advantage provides out-of-state students the opportunity to earn in-state tuition rates. This alone will save you more than $6,000.