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Online Associate Degree in Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science online degree program from University of the Cumberlands was created specifically for working adults just like you. This 100 percent online associate degree program provides the flexibility you need to achieve your academic goals and the practical skills and insights you need to pursue a career or professional advancement in technical fields.


An associate of applied science degree is a 2-year technical program that prepares you with a hands-on learning experience for your selected field: allied health, coaching, criminal justice, IT, psychology, and more. Our program is 100% online and flexible to meet your needs.

But just what is applied science, anyway? The answer is found in the name—the practical application of science. But what if science isn’t the degree you want? The short answer, that’s okay. Consider applied science to be a field where learned knowledge is turned into the technologies we use every day. An education in applied science offers a technical, hands-on learning experience because it’s all about making learning practical.


So, what can you do with an applied science degree—jobs-wise? The short answer: Your online Associate of Applied Science degree can help you pursue any number of career fields. Coursework for your associate degree is purposefully designed toward today’s business needs in a variety of applied fields, engaging you in the scientific concepts, applied approaches, and practical tactics necessary for success in many fields. Plus, you can customize your program to meet our specific career goals with concentrations in:

  • Allied Health
    Begin advocating for patients and managing processes in the healthcare field with an allied health applied science associate degree. 
  • Business Administration
    The business administration courses for your associate degree can help you tackle leadership roles in any industry.
  • Coaching
    Stay in the game with an applied science degree that offers a concentration in coaching.
  • Communication Arts
    Turn your love for clear communication into career options. This program will give you the skills you need to pursue a future in a variety of communication-oriented fields. 
  • Criminal Justice
    Your search for a criminal justice school that offers an applied science associate degree is over. 
  • General Studies
    Take your career to the next level with an applied science associate degree you can customize to your future goals. 
  • Human Services
    Open up a host of career possibilities with an applied science degree in human services.
  • Information Technology
    Turn your high-tech mind into a high-tech career with an applied science computer degree.
  • Mass Communication
    Prepare for a career in mass media with a concentration that explores how content and communication happens on a wider scale. 
  • Missions & Ministries
    Let an applied science associate degree in missions and ministries help prepare you mentally, spiritually, and physically.
  • Paralegal Studies
    Start your legal career off right with a quality education — a foundation-building paralegal associate degree. 
  • Psychology
    Get a better handle on the way people think and the reasons they do the things they do with a concentration in psychology.
  • Public Health
    From individual clients to whole communities, learn what it takes to help others live healthier lives.

Plus, you may be closer to graduation than you think!
Through our school of applied science's prior learning assessment process, we’ll look at your previous educational experiences for professional licensure and certifications, as well as earlier college coursework, for transfer credit into this program.

Plus, if you’re thinking long-term about a four-year program, coursework for your Associate of Applied Science online degree seamlessly transfers into our Online Bachelor of Applied Science program—the only BAS program in Kentucky!


Costs for associates of applied science programs at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 


Click here to view University of the Cumberlands' accreditation information. 

Take charge of your future with the professional and practical skills you need to pursue a career in an array of fields with your Associate of Applied Science Online Degree. To learn more about our applied science university program, our test-optional college admissions process, or any of our other or any of our undergraduate degree programs, contact us today!

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Career Path

A University of the Cumberlands degree prepares you for the rigors of the professional world. Click the button to learn more about the exciting career opportunities you can pursue with this program.

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A criminal justice degree from University of the Cumberlands can prepare you for a number of jobs in the protective services industry, including law enforcement. Employment of police officers and detectives is projected to grow 7 percent over the next several years with an average salary of $66,020 per year.

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Perhaps instead of actively fighting crime, you’re more interested in passing along what you’ve learned. With a median annual salary of $79,640, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.

Or you could pursue a career in other fields altogether. With the solid foundation of critical thinking and people skills a degree in criminal justice provides, you’ll be well prepared to pursue a variety of professional positions.


  • Police Officer
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Chief of Police
  • Criminal Justice Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

"12 Percent" Projected Growth Rate for Postsecondary Teachers by 20302

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