Advance in Management with an Online Bachelor’s Degree

Prepare for Management with an Online Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies Degree

Transitioning to a supervisory role is a big step in your career, and you’ve worked hard to get there. You’ve earned your associate degree and built a reputation as a valued employee in your organization — but while you may personally feel ready to take the next step, you don’t meet the professional qualifications in the job description. To land the position you don’t just need experience in the field and a proven track record; you also need the ability to manage people and the capacity to handle numerous administrative tasks. So, you may be asking yourself — how can I fulfill these requirements?

The answer: UC Online’s Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS) program.

Designed to be a smooth transition from the associate to the bachelor’s degree, this program is ideal for students and working adults who want to move into supervisory or administrative positions within their company or industry. By integrating the technical skills developed within your associate degree with the professional skills of the BTAS degree, you’ll gain a strong foundation in teamwork, leadership, diversity, integrity, technology, and written and oral communications — all skills hiring managers look for in their ideal candidates.

Interested in pursuing a management position in healthcare? UC Online also offers a BTAS in Healthcare Leadership — with classes tailored to skills and knowledge needed in the healthcare field.

What Can I Expect in the Program?

In as little as five semesters you’ll complete 60 credit hours of courses covering leadership, data analysis, diversity, collaboration, and more. And with a fully online curriculum, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from wherever you’re located — making it easier for you to achieve a higher level of education while maintaining your personal and professional commitments.

For current high school students that would like to complete their BTAS — or those who still need to pursue their associate degree — there are multiple associate degree programs available to help get you on your path.

What is the Career Outlook for Graduates?

Your earning potential is greatly affected by your level of education. Those holding a bachelor’s degree earn nearly 30% more per week than those with only an associate degree — in fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for management and supervisory occupations was $109,760 in May 2020. At UC Online, our BTAS program will give you the communication, collaboration, and strategic planning skills you need to help you advance into one of these lucrative positions.

Some of the many opportunities for employment include the following fields of work:

  • Medical technology
  • Computer science
  • Web development
  • Automotive services
  • Construction
  • Paralegal services
  • Office and business management
  • Social services
  • Project supervision
  • Healthcare administration


“My advice to those considering the BTAS program is not to overthink it. This degree hasn’t just helped me on a personal level; it has also helped future employers and investors see that I have the dedication and commitment to go the extra mile.”

-Sunnie L, former BTAS student

“This program allows different backgrounds with an associate degree to take the next step. The professors are accepting, caring, and go out of their way to work with you so you can move up in your field of work.”

-Hannah N, former BTAS student


Why Should I Choose UCO?

Named among the top tier of the best national universities (U.S. News & World Report), we’re proud to offer students of all ages a completely online balance of educational excellence and real-world experience — meaning you’ll be able to build the skills, tools, and resources you need without having to give up any of your other responsibilities. Better yet, we know firsthand that juggling school, a career, and family can be difficult, which is why we provide Enrollment Services Advisors and Student Success Coordinators who understand the demands of a busy life. They’ll guide you through each step of the admissions process, assist you with course selection, answer your questions, and keep you on your path toward degree completion.

Take the Next Step

While there’s no perfect blueprint for landing a management role, there is one significant thing you can do to help employers see your potential: invest in your education. By pursuing your Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies degree, you’ll not only show your commitment, but you’ll become connected with nationally recognized faculty and staff who will be able to personally recommend you. With each course you take, they’ll provide the tools, skills, and education to help you further your skill set, expand your opportunities, and enrich your local community.

So — are you ready to learn more? Explore our technical and applied studies program to discover how you can achieve your goals with a degree from the University of Cincinnati Online; or take the first step in advancing your career by beginning your application today.

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