Frequently Asked QUestions
What is the Bachelor of Applied Management?
The Bachelor of Applied Management is a degree created to support the needs of the
Alaska workforce by providing a bachelor’s degree option to individuals with a trade
or technical background interested in managing in their field. This ranges from welding
to culinary arts and everything in between. Most students have either some educational
credits or certifications from their industry that they will bring as credits into
What do we mean by trade or technical credits?
Each student will need 21-30 trade or technical credits as part of their degree. Some
will bring those with them when they transfer in, others will take them concurrently.
Trade or technical credits are training that can be applied to educational credits
through hour comparison or education credits attained through UAF or another school.
Technical or trade credits need to be from one single technical area, currently some
of the leading field include culinary arts, cosmetology, information technology, military,
airframe and powerplant, professional piloting, process technology, and aviation maintenance.
Can all courses be completed online?
Yes, all required courses for the major have an option to be completed online. Students
who are interested in taking classes in-person or have requirements through military
benefits will have options to take certain classes in-person. We encourage students
to communicate with our School of Management advisor early to plan accordingly.
Can you apply work experience to BAM?
Currently, we are not able to transfer work experience into the Bachelor of Applied
Management. Only formal educational credits, trainings or certifications within one’s
technical or trade area.
What do students do after graduation?
Our first BAM graduates will be graduating in May 2020 so we will have more trackable
data at that point. What we know from conversations with students is that there are
3 main pathways students plan to take after their degree:
- 1. Promote into management within their current industry.
- 2. Start their own businesses.
- 3. Gain experience in their industry with hopes to move into management in the future
(here we would suggest Management Training Programs or similar opportunities in their
The combination of courses that students take in the BAM program give students exposure
to these 3 career options and in their Professional Development courses they will
create their materials and begin building their networks for placement after graduation.