SOURCE: Lamar University

Lamar University

February 25, 2010 12:07 ET

Recipients of Associate's Degrees Can Earn Credit Hours Toward an Affordable, Accessible Bachelor's Degree

Lamar University Offers Online Degree Completion

BEAUMONT, TX--(Marketwire - February 25, 2010) -  Adult students who have already earned an associate's degree at a community college, but who would like to pursue a bachelor's degree, now have an affordable, convenient way to do so. Lamar University's Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree meets the same qualifications as more traditional bachelor's degrees, allowing admission into graduate schools and law schools for further study in pursuit of master's degrees or doctoral degrees. The BAAS online degree program, an expansion of a degree the University has offered for almost 20 years, is offered online through Lamar University Academic Partnerships. The online degree program is priced affordably at one of the lowest tuition rates in the country: $150 per credit hour for residents of Texas and Louisiana and $165 per credit hour for residents of other states.

Many degree completion programs require students to have at least 60 credit hours to qualify, standard for an associate's degree. This program requires applicants to have earned only 45 hours of academic credit from one or more schools. Lamar's online BAAS program also grants as many as 59 credit hours to students for experiential and technical credits. Once enrolled in the program, students are given the opportunity to develop a portfolio that allows them to translate into academic credit the knowledge and skills they've gained on the job and in life.

In addition to 45 hours of academic credit, applicants must also have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all work attempted or be an active duty, retired or former service member with 3 or more years of military experience.

The courses are offered in an eight-week format. "Lamar's online BAAS degree program is ideal for people already in the workforce who want to improve their earning power," said Paula Nichols, executive director for distance learning at Lamar University. "Employees who hold bachelor's degrees traditionally earn more than those with no degrees or associate's degrees. By participating in this online degree program, students can work toward a bachelor's degree on their own schedule, when it's convenient for them, and yet make steady progress toward potentially higher earning power."

The next BAAS online courses begin March 15, 2010, with an admission deadline of March 1, 2010, but there are multiple start dates throughout the year, and payment plans are flexible. Financial aid for qualified students is also available. 

For more information about Lamar University's online Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree, visit or call 1-866-223-7675.

Lamar University is a comprehensive public university in Beaumont, Texas, and a member of The Texas State University System. Serving more than 14,000 students, LU offers more than 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs with both in-person and online classes. Lamar is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit or

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