Applied Arts and Sciences AAS

A degree driven by real-time employer demand

Associate degree graduates have higher levels of employment than those with a high school diploma, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also reports the higher the educational attainment, the more you can earn.

The market for an associate degree


Outcome rate of graduates


Up to 40% higher salary


Median first-year salary of graduates


Concentrations to choose from

Program Highlights

According to Burning Glass Technologies research, jobs which require multidisciplinary, hybrid skills sets not traditionally associated with one occupation are growing at twice the rate of the overall job market, are higher paying than their more specialized counterparts, and are immune to the threat of automation. 

The online associate of science in applied arts and sciences at RIT is a customizable program for students who would like to combine different disciplines, or topic areas tailored to their goals and interests. This program is also ideal for students who may have prior college learning, and would like to change or expand their area of expertise. In this program, you will work closely with an advisor to design your plan of study.

While this associate degree is a stand-alone credential valued by employers, the 60 credits may also be applied to the bachelor of science in applied arts and sciences at RIT.

Curriculum packed with high-demand skills not found in most majors

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Digital Tools and Technology

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Data and Analytics

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Business and Management

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Design Thinking and Creativity


Students may choose professional concentrations from among the following:

  • Business Studies
  • Communications
  • Computer Graphics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health Systems Administration
  • Leadership
  • Literature
  • Organizational Change and Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Technical Communications
  • Web Design and Development
  • Women & Gender Studies

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the bachelor of science in Applied Arts and Sciences program, candidates must complete the online application and fulfill the following requirements:

  • If you have never attended college previously, we require a high school transcript or copy of your GED or other high school equivalency document
  • If you have earned more than 30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits of college credit, you are need only to send college transcripts 
  • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. Applicants are exempt if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English.

Certain countries and individuals are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Individuals applying for online study who are subject to these embargoes will be notified during the application process.