Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies


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.


  • Interpret and communicate discipline specific information via written, verbal and/or visual or digital representations
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral and digital communication skills in multiple contexts, for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrate application and evidence of skills and knowledge via presentation of artifacts in an electronic portfolio
  • Analyze ethical issues in the context of the profession or discipline to produce reasoned evaluations and solutions
  • Integrate applied skills and theoretical knowledge in a specific technical field with opportunities for experiential learning in a workplace environment
  • Develop self-awareness about identity and culture, diversity, sensitivity and respect for differences