Graduate & Professional Studies Announces New Degree

Graduate & Professional Studies Announces New Degree

Buena Vista University Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) is launching a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree with a major in applied management. This degree is available at GPS sites across Iowa and online.

The BASc degree is under the College of Applied Studies and is a completion program specifically designed for those holding an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS). BVU's partnership with community colleges across Iowa provides a smooth transfer of up to 68 AAS degree credits into this new program, allowing students a local bachelor's degree option.

The applied management major includes a range of coursework aiming to prepare students for advancement in industries such as agribusiness, hospitality, industrial technology, wind energy and sustainable/renewable energy.

"We are very excited about this program, because it prepares individuals for progression into leadership positions," said Dr. Jill Rhea, dean of GPS. "Many workers with AAS degrees are disadvantaged in the promotion process because they lack a bachelor's degree. The goal of this major is to offer such people a more efficient route to an advanced degree. The BASc coursework has been carefully chosen to complement the coursework already taken, create a strong and rigorous curricular experience and fulfill the overarching objectives of the student."

The GPS applied management major addresses findings from Iowa Work Force Development in its Iowa Career, Industry, & Population Report that shows management of companies and enterprises as one of the largest growth categories, projected to grow 49.4 percent by 2020. It is designed to meet requests from area industries and community college partners' needs, as well as target the lack of accessible educational opportunities for job progression.

The major will be available beginning Aug. 25, 2014.