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Applied Studies

Program Overview

Looking for a way to finish your undergraduate degree? The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies (BAS) is a flexible degree completion program for professionals who have completed some prior college or technical training and are seeking an affordable undergraduate degree completion path to advance their careers.

The program offers an accelerated entry process with concentrations in a variety of subjects: interactive design, leadership, lifespan and well-being, and writing for the media.

Apply up to 90 credits previously earned at Bloomfield or other institutions, plus receive up to eighteen (18) credits for prior learning gained outside the classroom such as from professional work experience, military training, and specialized professional certifications.

The 120-credit degree program includes a 39-credit applied studies core focused on professional development, management and leadership; 27 credits in a chosen concentration; and free electives. The BAS Core fulfills the College General Education program requirements. All credits earned from a completed AA, AS or AAS degree will be applied toward the BAS degree requirements.

The program offers a course where students are guided through the development of a portfolio documenting learning through prior experience. The portfolio is evaluated by the program coordinator (or its designee) in consultation with an expert on the subject matter.

Requirements: A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Bloomfield College of Montclair State University.

Admission Criteria: Students entering will have completed at least 30 college credits and have earned their high school diploma, or equivalent, more than five (5) years prior to matriculation into the BAS program. Students are admitted according to all college-wide, approved admissions practices and requirements.

Fast Facts

  • According to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, there is a growing demand for workers with higher levels of education and skills in the state’s workforce.
  • There is a significant need for pathway programs in New Jersey to meet the workforce needs of the state.
  • Industries such as healthcare, finance, and technology are expected to experience significant job growth in the coming years, and these fields often require workers with bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • Degree completion programs are essential for meeting the workforce needs of New Jersey, and beyond, and providing individuals with the education and training they need to succeed in their careers.

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Career Options

The program offers flexibility while earning a credential that advances professional career goals and marketability. Depending on the chosen concentration, examples of career paths include: Management, Leadership, Applied Communication, Writing, Patient Advocate, Social Worker, Human Services, Public Safety, Law Enforcement, School Safety, Court/Criminal Justice System, Community Developer, Social Worker, Victims Advocate, Pre-Law, Paralegal, Diversity/Culture, or DEI Officer.

According to data from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, there are several industries in the state that are projected to experience significant job growth over the coming years, including:

  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Education and Training
  • Information Technology
  • Media Industries

The BAS program, as designed, will provide individuals with the skills and competencies needed to advance in these industries by providing a flexible, accelerated path to accessing high-demand, well-paying careers.

Career Opportunities may be reviewed at: U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook