An interdisciplinary degree designed for students with an Associate of Applied Science degree that empowers students to use their prior training to fulfill their educational and career goals.

Why Applied Science?

The bachelor's degree program provides a foundation of knowledge and develops the skills most sought after by employers such as working in teams, professional communication, problem-solving and understanding a complex, global world.

Specialization in one of five areas

Data Analytics

The Data Analytics emphasis area tackles a growing need in the region for students with data science skills. Students work with experts from across UMKC in Computer Science, Math and Statistics, and Management to develop technical knowledge for a career in data analytics.

Business and Organizational Leadership

The Business and Organizational Leadership emphasis area focuses on the ability to work effectively in teams, critical thinking skills, and the ability to analyze and interpret data. This innovative emphasis area will equip students with the tools to succeed in a range of careers complementing the skills developed in the BAS core.

Health Services Management

The Health Services Management emphasis area is tailored for students wishing to broaden their leadership skills and join the region’s health services workforce. Students develop critical thinking skills while examining the physical, biological, behavioral, business, and social aspects of health and identifying ways to improve health outcomes in diverse populations

Digital Media

The Digital Media emphasis area is designed to combine digital media skills with prior experience to prepare students for jobs in the digital media industry Students develop skills in social media, online streaming, video production, and digital advertising.

Digital and Public Humanities

The Digital and Public Humanities emphasis area trains students in the creative application of data science and digital tools to texts, archives, and visual materials. This training positions students to use digital technologies and data research methods to enrich the public's understanding of humanity and to promote solutions that improve the quality of life for citizens of the Kansas City region.

Degree Program

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)

Our program makes the transition of students from a technical degree to the completion of a bachelor’s degree easy by allowing up to 60 hours of A.A.S. credits to transfer to the B.A.S. The B.A.S. degree engages schools across campus and gives students a foundation applicable to all career fields. The B.A.S. has core courses in critical thinking and professional communication, and each student will choose an emphasis area which combines into a breadth of study and experience.

Benefits of Applied Science degree

  • Apply A.A.S. credit to a four-year degree
  • Complete your degree
  • Take classes online

Contact Us

Elizabeth M. Vonnahme

B.A.S. Faculty Mentor
Phone Number: 816-235-6108