- Q1: When can I apply to the BAS-AL program?
Applications are accepting on a rolling basis to the BAS-AL program. Please refer to the Admission page for details.
- Q2: Is the BAS-AL considered a degree completion program?
Yes, the BAS-AL is a degree completion program. A degree completion program is an academic program specifically designed for adult students who have started, but have not yet finished, a four-year undergraduate degree. By accepting some or all of the credits that a student has already earned from their previous education, degree completion programs offer students an alternative to starting over. Degree completion programs come in many different varieties in order to appeal to different kinds of students and learners. In order to maximize the likelihood of completion, it is important for students to choose a program that best aligns with their personal learning preferences.
- Q3: Who should enroll in the BAS-AL program?
The BAS-AL program offers a viable path forward for anyone who has started a college education and maintains a desire to finish it, regardless of background or personal motivation. Some examples of the kinds of students who often enroll in degree completion programs include:
- Community college students who have earned an associate degree and wish to further their education
- Those who began their bachelor’s degree but did not finish it
- Adult learners who already have years or even decades of career and prior learning experience, but who have started and not yet finished an undergraduate baccalaureate degree
- Veterans and service members who want to leverage their existing experience to earn a bachelor’s degree
- Q4: How will I be advised?
As each student enters the program, s/he will work individually with a program advisor to complete a program of study that will outline all of the coursework for the program, including transfer credits, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), and future coursework needed in addition to the core courses. The program advisor will be available for individual appointments via video conferencing and will communicate regularly with advisees via email.
- Q5: What are the core courses in the BAS-AL program?
Please visit our Program of Study page for details regarding core coursework.
- Q6: What are the course descriptions for the core courses in the BAS-AL program?
Please visit our Course Descriptions page for details regarding core course descriptions.
- Q7: How is BAS-AL coursework delivered?
The majority of core courses in this program are offered online in a 7-week format. Students can take up to four courses (or 12 credit hours) a semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer). The number of credit hours taken each semester should be discussed with the program advisor and reflective of the student’s personal and work schedules.
- Q8: Is part-time enrollment permitted?
Yes, we offer flexible options to take classes online, on a full or part-time basis, making it possible to earn a degree while balancing career, family, or other personal obligations.
- Q9: Is a minimum number of 3000 or 4000 level courses required?
A minimum of 39 hours at the 3000-4000 level is required for the degree. The core includes 30 of these 39 hours.
- Q10: Is a culminating project required for the BAS-AL?
Yes, students will produce a series of written documents that will be components of the final culminating project, the Capstone Project. Each individual component will be reflective of seminal concepts of the BAS-AL degree program, and the final document will incorporate feedback from the previous submissions, along with the appropriate literature. Additionally, students will develop and record a presentation highlighting and summarizing the culminated learning developed in the Capstone Project written papers.
- Q11: Are transfer credits accepted?
Yes, we accept transfer credits—including military training and prior work experience—so students can pick up where they left off and build upon their prior learning. Students may transfer hours from an accredited two- or four-year institution. To learn more about the procedure for earning transfer credit, please schedule an appointment with the program advisor.
- Q12: Do you award credit for prior learning?
To learn more about the procedure for earning credit for prior learning, visit the Prior Learning Assessment website (link: PLA).
- Q13: Do you award credit for past military service?
Students may be awarded up to 60 hours of PLA credit for Military Service. Military Service courses and/or experiences are evaluated and equated following the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. Office of the University Registrar personnel evaluate the Military Service work with the support of ACE guidelines and the appropriate academic department. Credit not equated by ACE may be awarded departmental elective credit or Military Service Elective credit as appropriate.
- Q14: How many total credits are required for the BAS-AL degree?
120 total credit hours are required.
- Q15: What is the minimum GPA required for graduation?
A 2.0 GPA is required in all required major and related courses (including specified General Education courses).
- Q16: Does UTC offer services to veterans?
Yes, please visit the Veteran Student Services website (link: Veteran Student Services) for additional information regarding specific services available for veterans.
- Q17: Is the BAS-AL program affordable?
As an offering from a state-supported institution, the BAS-AL tuition and fees are more affordable than similar programs offered at private institutions. As a distance program, the BAS-AL program has a specific fee schedule. To review the current university fee schedule, please visit the Bursar’s website (link: Bursar's website). Select Fee Information > select current/upcoming semester > select Online & Distance Learning Fee Schedule
- Q18: Is financial aid available?
Yes, please visit the Financial Aid website (link: Financial Aid) for additional information regarding financial aid.
- Q19: How do I get more information or schedule an appointment?
Please contact our LEAP (BAS-AL) Program Office at [email protected] to request additional information and/or request to schedule an appointment with our Program Advisor via video conference.