Bachelor of Applied Studies

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Online courses
2-3 yrs
Time to completion
Full-time students
Cost per credit hour

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Apply your past experience and choose your own courses

With Clarke University’s CareerPLUS Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree, you can build on college credit you’ve already earned and personalize your degree experience—choosing courses that fit your future goals and interests.

Now available 100% online, we've built our CareerPLUS BAS degree for busy adults who need to keep work, family, and other commitments while furthering their education. As you become part of our Clarke community, you’ll succeed by surrounding yourself with expert instructors, supportive staff, and career-focused classmates.

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Helping you finish your bachelor’s degree

According to one recent estimate, 36 million Americans have taken some college courses without earning a degree, including nearly 350,000 in Iowa alone.* That's why we’ve specifically designed Clarke’s CareerPLUS BAS degree for:

*Source: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2019

A truly custom curriculum

Clarke’s CareerPLUS BAS degree is as unique as you are. Start by transferring in credit you’ve earned previously so you only take the courses you need. Then, you’ll pick all your own classes based on your personal and professional goals and interests. Regardless of what courses you choose, you can expect to graduate with:

Prioritizing accessibility and flexibility

To better meet busy adults where they are, Clarke’s CareerPLUS BAS degree is now available 100% online. No matter where you access your coursework, you’ll benefit from:

Personal attention from faculty who have work experience in the fields they teach

Practical course content you can apply immediately to your life and work

Curriculum developed with help from local employers and economic leaders

Your Pathway to More

Our Pathways provide you direction when it comes to choosing your classes. An enrollment coach can help you determine which Pathway is right for you.

  • Leadership + Management
  • Strategic Marketing + Public Relations
  • More coming soon!

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Reap the benefits of a bachelor’s degree

A bachelor’s degree can be the key to expanding your professional opportunities.

Make more

Associate Degree
Bachelor’s Degree
Iowa Average Salary
Source: Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Qualify for more

more Iowa job listings

require bachelor’s degrees than associate degrees, on average


Have better career

of workers

with salaries of $65,000+ have a bachelor's

Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

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One Clarke, One Community

Even as an online student, we’ll do everything we can to make sure you feel like a valued member of our Clarke CareerPLUS community—because that’s what you are.

Resources right at your fingertips

Having easy access to a variety of resources is key to your success. As an online student, you’re only a few clicks or keystrokes away from Clarke’s library, tech support, academic advising, and more.

Guiding you to greater success

You may take classes online, but you’ll never be alone. From enrollment coaches who help you enroll, to success coaches who touch base regularly, to faculty and staff who make time to listen, a “Clarkie” is always by your side.

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Eager to see you succeed

When striving to achieve your life goals, there is no better motivation than to have people who believe in you and who truly care about every aspect of your life. Clarke gives you that.

- Allison S., Clarke graduate