University of Texas Online Consortium

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)

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A Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program is offered online by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). A student obtains this degree 100% online.

The BAAS degree is for students with technical education and/or training from accredited academic schools, colleges, institutes, service schools or equivalent entities. The BAAS is an inverted degree program building on an associate’s of applied science degree. Students complete their General Education Core for their bachelor's along with 36 credits of upper-level courses from a combination of two subject areas of 12-18 credits and/or 0-12 elective credits. The online subject areas include: Business Management, Educational Technology, Health Services, Legal Studies, and Technology Education and Corporate Training.


Link to the list of advanced level courses that can be completed online as part of the degree plan. Use the Course Schedule to see which courses are currently open for registration. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Rio Grande Valley

Leticia Jaramillo

Associate Director, Academic Advising Center
(956) 882-7955

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
Campus Program Information - TBA

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What associate’s degree(s) does a student need to have?
    An associate of applied science degree.
  • What is the maximum number of approved credits that can be transferred?
    Students can transfer a maximum of 81 credits. Students can transfer up to 36 credits from their AAS degree or its equivalent and up to 48 credits of general education. In the case of undergraduate degree programs, the student must earn at least 25 percent of credits from the participating institution with at least 15 credits of advanced course work (level 3000, 4000) in the major field of study.
  • Does the Legal Studies subject area train someone to be a paralegal in addition to the bachelor’s credential?
    Yes, the Legal Studies subject area teaches advanced legal drafting and legal research skills designed to prepare a student to work in a supporting role in the legal field. The coursework parallels the trend in the legal community for advanced legal drafting skills.
  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTRGV for courses. Links to campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost & Financial Aid page or link to the UTRGV Tuition & Fees page. Textbooks, supplemental readings and required software are additional costs.
  • How can I find more information?
    For additional information about the program, contact the program advisor listed above.
  • How will this degree benefit a student already working in the legal profession?
    The current trend in law firm support personal is to hire individuals with bachelor’s degrees who have superior writing and critical thinking skills. This degree completion program works for those students who want to promote within the field and for those who want to enhance their legal drafting and critical thinking skills through the hands-on coursework offered in this program.
  • If I am interested in the law, but do not want to enter a degree completion program, may I still take these courses?
    Yes, anyone interested in the law and/or a legal career may take these courses as long as they fulfill the prerequisite courses. Students interested in a career in government, criminal justice, business or law will find the Business Management and Legal Studies courses beneficial.
  • What are the prerequisites for the courses?
    Courses within the degree completion program which require extensive writing require completion of ENGL 1301 Composition or its equivalent.

Getting Started

To participate in the program, students must apply to and be accepted by UTRGV. Students can apply for admission using the ApplyTexas website.

When students begin the BAAS program, they will be assigned a departmental advisor. The advisor will assist in finalizing the appropriate degree plan for additional academic and nonacademic coursework.

Link to Enrollment Services for additional information on registration and course access.