Not everyone takes the same path to earning their bachelor’s degree. Whether you already have a career/technical certification or need to go back to school to complete your degree, UNT’s Applied Arts and Sciences program provides you with a direct path to a bachelor’s degree. By accepting Career and Technical Education Credits (C.T.E.), our program maximizes your number of credit hours towards the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree.

This program is ideal for:

  • Active-duty military or veterans seeking college credit for courses taken as part of their training in the service
  • First responders (UNT offers both peace officer and firefighter tuition exemptions for active first responders)
  • Students interested in developing multiple areas of expertise
  • Students who have accumulated a significant number of college credit hours
  • Students who need to take classes completely online
  • Students with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement credits (i.e. firefighters and police officers)
  • Transfer students wanting credit for C.T.E. taken at a community or technical college

For your convenience, Applied Arts and Sciences courses are offered online and at multiple UNT locations, including the UNT flagship campus in Denton, UNT at Frisco, and the Collin Higher Education Center (C.H.E.C.) in McKinney.

What we offer

The B.A.A.S. program accepts and builds upon career, technical, military or regular college credits, combining them with coursework intended to meet your individual goals.

A skilled advisor will help you select up to three concentration areas that will build on your prior education, work experiences or regular college credits, as well as help you prepare for future goals.

In addition to the selected concentrations, all Applied Arts and Sciences majors take three unifying courses that focus on comprehensive skills and career preparation.

What to expect

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree consists of 120 college credit hours. The degree requires:

  • 42 hours of university core curriculum
  • 12 hours of general electives
  • 66 hours of major requirements
  • At least 36 of the 120 degree hours must be completed at the advanced level
  • At least 30 of the 120 degree hours must be completed in residency at the University of North Texas

Within the major requirements, you will complete:

  • 9 hours of B.A.A.S. unifying courses
  • 21 hours of occupational specialization, which typically consists of career, technical or military credit
  • 36 hours of professional development concentrations, which serve to enhance the skills you have acquired through prior training and experience

Career opportunities for B.A.A.S. graduates vary as much as their paths to earning their degree. Whether you want to advance your career or start a new one, you’ll graduate with an array of skills you need to compete in today’s ever-changing workplace. Many of our graduates work in business, state and local government, nonprofit agencies and a wide range of other fields directly associated with the concentrations or focus areas they pursued.


High school students

For detailed information on recognized high schoolgraduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you’re attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources.


The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.