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College of Applied and Technical Studies
Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies in Technical and Applied Studies

Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies in Technical and Applied Studies

Course Delivery

100% online

Total Credits


Approximate Program Cost


Available Concentrations

B.T.A.S. stand-alone major or choose from two online concentrations

*Based on 12-18 semester hours for a full-time student, completing program in 8 semesters.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies degree is a completer program designed for students with an associate degree or some college-level coursework who wish to matriculate into a bachelor's degree. The program accommodates varied educational backgrounds, develops competencies needed for success in a variety of work settings, and offers flexibility and scheduling attractive to working students and to time-and-place-bound adults. The B.T.A.S degree integrates the practical application of technical skills and knowledge with the professional skills instilled in a bachelor's degree program. Students focus on career paths in technical and applied areas of specializations, leading to breadth and depth in a particular discipline. 

The program provides a foundation for further graduate education and benefits students who need additional workplace and professional skills beyond their technical education with hands-on learning, experiential learning opportunities, internships, and research projects. Employers are searching for professionals with a combination of technical expertise and business soft skills; this program provides the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to transition from student to professional.

Many associate degree programs at Kent State University align well with the B.T.A.S degree.

The Technical and Applied Studies major includes the following online optional concentrations:

Applied Business

The Applied Business concentration is an option for associate degree graduates or students with a business background who choose not to pursue the B.B.A degree, or for students who would like to gain knowledge about financial management, customer service, strategic management, labor students and leadership. The concentration includes an optional practicum.

Nonprofit-Human Services

The Nonprofit-Human Services concentration provides students with the knowledge and competencies in areas such as grant writing and fundraising, mission and vision, advocacy and lobbying, risk management, board committee development, program planning, leadership and ethics, human resource development, youth and adult development, marketing, financial management and nonprofit management.

Program Structure

  • 120 credits total
  • Graduate in as few as four semesters with a transfer of credits from an associate degree or other transcript credit

Admissions Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents, and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Students who wish to declare the B.T.A.S. degree must meet with an academic advisor prior to admission or changing their major to discuss their future academic and career goals and to develop an approved program of study. Ideally, students should begin the process for evaluation and program review at or near the time they have a minimum of 12 earned credit hours of college-level coursework.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.


Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.


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Important Dates


Classes Begin

Fall 2022 Semester


Fall Break

Fall Break


Classes Begin

Spring 2023 Semester


Courses for the online Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies are broadly applicable in a variety of professional settings and with different levels of experience and prior education. All students will take the required nine credits of a practicum or internship experience (ELR), a cornerstone and a capstone (WIC) course, 36 credits of specialization electives that build on 2-3 areas of the technical associate degree, along with the required core courses and additional general electives. 


The internship or practicum allows students to gain workplace skills and real-world experience in their chosen field. Students with prior work, internship, practicum, student teaching, and/or field experience may be waived the internship/practicum requirement with approval by the program coordinator. In the cornerstone, students construct a meaningful career management plan to explore and prepare for their preferred professional goals. The capstone, taken near the end of the program, synthesizes learning and focuses on foundational competencies in the form of service or experiential learning. In collaboration with an advisor, students develop a plan of study for two to three specializations that draw on transferred, completed, and available Kent State coursework.


All undergraduate students must also complete courses that satisfy the Kent State university requirements in order to graduate.


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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Out of State/International*
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost
$469.30 lower division
$469.10 upper division
$1,407.90 lower division
$1,407.30 upper division
Approximate Cost: $46,600 $479.30 lower division
$479.10 upper division
$1,437.90 lower division
$1,437.30 upper division
Approximate Cost: $47,800

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15.00 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

Attention Regional Campus Students: There is an additional $162.10 per credit hour instructional fee for lower division and $111.45 per credit hour for upper division fully online regional campus courses. This fee excludes online courses associated exclusively with the Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Technical Studies and Associate of Applied Business programs.

*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.

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