Frequently Asked Questions

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The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree Completion Program

The University of Wisconsin Colleges Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (BAAS) is a 60-credit degree completion program that gives you the skills and knowledge to achieve your career goals.

Six UW Colleges campuses, including UW-Baraboo/Sauk CountyUW- Barron CountyUW-Marshfield/Wood CountyUW-RichlandUW-Rock County and UW-Waukeshaand six UW four-year partner institutions, including UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior, are collaborating on the BAAS degree completion program.

Admission requirements vary depending on where you completed your associate degree.

  • UW Colleges Graduates: Your application will be automatically approved if you hold an Associate of Arts and Science degree from the UW Colleges.
  • Wisconsin Technical College Graduates:  Students holding an applied associate degree can be admitted to the BAAS degree completion program from Blackhawk Technical College, Madison Area Technical College, Mid-State Technical College, Northcentral Technical College, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.  Students with an applied associate degree from a Wisconsin technical college are able to transfer in 60 credits.  Certain general education courses in the core curriculum will need to be fulfilled.  Review our Transfer credit guides from a Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) applied associate degree into the BAAS degree completion program.
  • Other College Graduates: If you completed your associate degree from another college, please contact a BAAS Advisor for a transcript credit evaluation.

The BAAS is a skills-based bachelor’s degree that emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and the ability to work in diverse teams.  It focuses on helping students to apply their knowledge and learning in a wide variety of career fields compared to a “discipline-specific” education.


Students in the BAAS degree program may elect an academic focus for their degree and select one of six concentrations, including Business, Communication, Health and Wellness, Organizational Leadership, Project Management or Sustainability.    

One of the major benefits of the degree is the focus on professional experience, local internships and service learning projects.  Graduates will be ready to hit the ground running with skills that employers have said they are looking for.  In fact, the BAAS internships may lead directly into employment opportunities.

You don’t need to bring your transcripts to campus.  Request that all official transcripts from prior colleges be sent to the UW Colleges Admissions Office, 780 Regent Street, Madison, WI  53715.

College-level course credits from regionally accredited schools may be considered.  A transcript credit evaluation will be done for every student upon request.

The length of time that it will take to complete your degree will depend on the number of courses that you enroll in during a given term.  Students attending full-time can complete about 30 credits in one calendar year and could complete the minimum of 60-credits needed for the degree in two years.  However, many of our students attend part-time and complete their degree while attending to other important work and family responsibilities.

The UW Colleges charges the lowest per credit tuition in the UW System. Including tuition and fees, the cost of the BAAS degree completion program is approximately $17,500 - $19,000.

If you need assistance in paying for your education, financial aid is available.  Financial aid is designed to help meet the difference between the cost of college and your or your family's resources.

The BAAS degree program features the convenience of courses offered on campus during the day and evening.  Courses are also taught online, via compressed video and by Skype.

Yes, students may do this by challenging a BAAS course for credit.  You may earn up to 6 elective credits toward the BAAS degree through this prior experiential learning option.  Students must document their learning by submitting a portfolio that demonstrates the college-level knowledge gained from their prior experience.