Admission Requirements | BAS & BLS
The University of Iowa

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Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS)

To be admitted to the BAS program, you must have:

  • An Associate degree from an accredited institution
  • 60 semester hours (s.h.) of transferable college credit including all
    career-technical course work*
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above for Iowa 
    community college graduates
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above for other applicants

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS)

To be admitted to the BLS program, you must have:

  • 24 semester hours (s.h.) of transferable college credit, including a maximum
    of 16 s.h. career-technical credit*
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above
  • Earned a high school degree at least three years before admission to the BLS 


*Career-Technical Credit is college level credit that is earned from regionally accredited two-year post-secondary institutions in technical programs that are approved for transfer to the University of Iowa. The Office of Admissions reviews all credit that is transferred on official college transcripts and determines how many hours will transfer toward an Iowa degree. The university awards credit for course work and not for life experience.