College of Applied and Technical Studies

Technical and Applied Studies

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Many KSU Associate Degree Programs align with B.T.A.S degree
*Based on the Tuition Guarantee Program for a full-time student taking 12-18 semester hours, if completing program in 8 semesters.

Technical and Applied Studies 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 various work settings, and offers flexibility and scheduling attractive to working students and 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 specialization, leading to breadth and depth in a particular discipline.

The program provides a foundation for further graduate education. It 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.

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

Technical and Applied Studies 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.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

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Important Dates

Classes Begin
Fall 2023 Semester
Fall Break
Fall Break

Technical and Applied Studies Courses

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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Technical and Applied Studies Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents

Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost

$325.80 Lower Division Courses

$381.90 Upper Division Courses

$977.40 Lower Division Courses

$1,145.70 Upper Division Courses

$31,100 full-time1

Non-Ohio Residents

Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost

$335.80 Lower Division Courses

$391.90 Upper Division Courses

$1,007.40 Lower Division Courses

$1,175.70 Upper Division Courses

$32,300 full-time 2

1The flat-rate semester fee of $3,585.10 for LOWER division courses and $4,201.50 for UPPER division courses applies to full-time Ohio resident undergraduate students taking between 12-18 credit hours per semester. The approximate tuition for this 8 semester program is calculated at 4 semesters of LOWER division courses ($14,340.40) and 4 semesters of UPPER division courses ($16,806.00), as an average.

2The flat-rate semester fee of $3,585.10 for LOWER division courses and $4,201.50 for UPPER division courses applies to full-time non-Ohio resident undergraduate students enrolled in a fully online degree program and taking between 12-18 credit hours per semester, PLUS a surcharge of $10 per credit hour of actual credits taken (between 12-18 semester credits or $120-$180). The approximate tuition cost for this 8 semester program was calculated at 4 semesters of LOWER division courses ($14,340.40) and 4 semesters of UPPER division courses ($16,806.00), PLUS $150 surcharge per semester ($1,200), as an average.

For part-time semesters: The $325.80 per-credit-hour tuition rate for LOWER division courses and $381.90 for UPPER division courses applies to part-time Ohio resident undergraduate students, PLUS a $10 per-credit-hour surcharge for non-Ohio resident undergraduate students, taking fewer than 12 credit hours per semester.

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.

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