Bachelor of Applied Science is IPFW’s Newest Degree Option

Starting in spring 2017, students who graduated with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree from Ivy Tech Community College or other A.A.S. providers will have new path to a full four-year bachelor’s degree.

On August 11, 2016, Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education approved a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree for Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) General Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer the Bachelor of Applied Science degree here at IPFW,” said Eric Link, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “This new degree provides a clear path for anyone who has an A.A.S. degree to earn a bachelor’s degree. This new program opens an array of educational opportunities to benefit the greater Fort Wayne metropolitan region.”

Information Open House October 26
To celebrate, IPFW’s General Studies Program and Division of Continuing Studies will host an open house for interested A.A.S. alumni or students to learn more about the new degree program. The sessions are open to the public; members the media are welcome to attend.

The open house will take place on Wednesday, October 26, in the Cole Auditorium at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC), from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4–6 p.m.

Visit the Bachelor of Applied Science website for more information about the open house and the new degree program,

Associate Degree versus an Associate of Applied Science Degree
The differences between an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S) and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree sound small in the name, but the impact on a person’s educational future is huge.

An A.A.S. from a regionally accredited community college is designed to help someone enter the job market rather than continue their education. The degree focuses on the knowledge necessary to pursue entry-level career options. Courses taken toward an A.A.S. degree typically do not transfer to a four-year institution, so they do not count toward a bachelor’s degree.

On the other hand, the coursework in A.A. or A.S. degrees from a regionally accredited community college is specifically designed to transfer to a four-year institution and count toward a bachelor’s degree.

About the Bachelor of Applied Science
The B.A.S. degree enhances the educational and professional opportunities of students with A.A.S. degrees. It provides them with an advanced education that builds on their existing academic work and gives them a broad knowledge of skills needed to run an organization, as well as in-depth knowledge in a particular track of course work.

The B.A.S. offers a unique multidisciplinary program with classes taught by faculty in business, communication, economics, English, organizational leadership and supervision, and philosophy, with the potential to add additional disciplines in future tracks.

By partnering with A.A.S. providers such as Ivy Tech Community College, the new degree allows A.A.S. graduates to pursue baccalaureate degrees.

Questions?
For more information on the new Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, contact Julie Hook, director of General Studies, hook@ipfw.edu, 260-481-6828.

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