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Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies

Earn your BA Degree in Applied Studies from Brandman University at over 20 campuses throughout California or Online.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Applied Studies is designed to accommodate the varied educational and professional backgrounds of students by teaching competencies that are relevant for a broad range of career and work settings. Students apply to their academic studies the knowledge and skills they have acquired in work, educational, and community environments; and in turn, students apply to their professional work the skills and competencies from their academic coursework. This is a degree completion program especially suited for police officers, EMS workers, firefighters, and other professionals seeking a college degree for career growth and advancement.

While a traditional degree provides depth within a single discipline, the B.A. in Applied Studies offers a learning experience that is trans-disciplinary. Complete a set of core courses and choose electives or themed concentrations that are suited to your personal interests and career goals. In the capstone course, students produce a portfolio that showcases the synthesis of their academic and professional work for current and future employers.


Program availability may vary by campus location.

Tom Schultz has been a firefighter for over 30 years. But when he wanted to become a fire chief, his lack of formal education was getting in the way. That’s when Tom discovered Brandman University. Brandman offered a quality education that gave him real skills while allowing him to balance his schooling with his professional life. Now, Tom has his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science and was named fire chief of Garden Grove, California.


Get Your Money's Worth.

Besides Brandman's competitive tuition, our innovative curriculum is taught by experienced scholar-practitioners, most of whom are experts in their fields. Degree pathways offer multiple emphasis options to allow you to align your learning experience to your professional goals.

Private, Nonprofit, Accredited.

All School of Arts & Sciences programs are regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Brandman's BA in Social Work program has candidacy accreditation status by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).                           

Programs Offered Nationwide.

Take classes 100% online to fit school into your busy schedule. Earn your degree at your own pace.

Designed For Busy Adult Students.

We offer programs on campus, online, or both. Convenient evening classes with year round enrollment.

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