Applied Arts and Sciences BS

A degree driven by real-time employer demand

There has been a 25 - 75% increase (depending on occupation) in the number of jobs now requiring a bachelor’s degree that historically did not.

You’re on to limitless career growth


Outcomes (employment or higher education) rate for graduates


Postings for all supervisory jobs require a B.S. degree


Postings for all business/financial jobs require a B.S. degree


Minimum increase in jobs now requiring bachelor’s degrees

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 bachelor of science in applied arts and sciences at RIT is a customizable degree 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 previous major to finish their undergraduate degree. In this degree program, you will work closely with an advisor to design your plan of study.

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.


The online BS in Applied Arts and Sciences requires 120 credits and costs $1,126 per credit hour (Academic Year 2021 – 2022). 

Keep in mind that there are many options available that may help you lower your costs including: 

  • Military tuition benefits
  • Support from employers
  • Private scholarships
  • Financing
  • Payment plans

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