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Associate of Technical Study

Associate of Technical Study

Students interested in enhancing their workplace credentials can create an individualized, technical associate degree by leveraging technical coursework already earned at a career center or designing their own degree combining courses selectively drawn from two or more programs currently offered by Ohio University. In either case, the goal of the Associate of Technical Study program is to serve a career objective not addressed by an existing program at the University. Students will collaborate with an Ohio University advisor to design a personalized Associate of Technical Study program.

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OHIO Lancaster first-year students received financial aid in Fall 2021*

Technical Study Courses

Students completing Ohio University’s applied associate degrees are required to complete 15 credit hours of Ohio Transfer 36-approved coursework including:

  • Written Communication (3 hours). Either ENG 1510 or 1610 (for non-native English speakers only) will satisfy the Written Communication requirement.
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 hours). Courses that fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement are marked in this catalog with the designation (FQR) as the general education code.
    Students that plan to continue their education with a Bachelor of Technical Study are advised to select from the quantitative reasoning requirements for that program. 


Sample Curriculum

Ohio University offers two types of ATS degrees: Type A and Type B. Please see below for a description of each.

Type A

Type A is a coherent combination of technical courses selectively drawn from two or more programs currently offered by Ohio University to serve a career objective not addressed by one of those existing programs. Students are building their program primarily from Ohio University courses and generally have not earned credit as specified in the Ohio Career-Technical Credit Transfer(CT)2.

Students will work with an ATS faculty advisor to create a planned course of study consisting of 30 technical credits by selecting available technical courses from at least two areas. When combined, these courses must be aligned to meet a clearly identifiable career objective. Additionally, the career objective must be distinct from any other technical programs offered at Ohio University. Transfer courses received may also be applicable to the career objective. Use of transfer credit would depend on appropriateness to the career objective, as approved by the Technical Study Review Committee.

Type B

Type B. is designed for students who have completed an approved Ohio Career-Technical Credit Transfer (CT)2 program at a career, vocational or continuing education center in Ohio.  Students completing an approved (CT)2 program would receive transfer credit according to the Ohio Career-Technical Credit Transfer Guidelines. This credit would then apply toward the technical (major) requirements of the ATS degree.  Students who have Career Technical Credit and are interested in completing an ATS focused in the following areas should contact the college office:

  • AS5514 - Associate of Technical Study in Business Technology
  • AS5515 - Associate of Technical Study in Building and Industrial Technology
  • AS5516 - Associate of Technical Study in Health and Allied Health Technology
  • AS5517 - Associate of Technical Study in Information Technology
  • AS5518 - Associate of Technical Study in Services Technology

For the Type B ATS, 30 total technical credit hours are required. If the above (CT)2 program is less than 30 credit hours, the remaining related hours must be earned at Ohio University. When combined, these courses must be aligned to meet a clearly identifiable career objective. All proposals with less than 30 (CT)2 credit hours or were completed at a continuing education center may require review for program admission by the Technical Study Review Committee.


    Tuition and Fees

    The OHIO Guarantee takes the guesswork out of budgeting for college and provides a fixed rate table for tuition and most fees for four years (or 12 consecutive semesters). 

    Financial aid for undergraduate students (regardless of discipline) is available in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans. Visit our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to learn more.


    West Virginia and Kentucky Residents

    Exploring the Southern or Eastern Campus? Residents of West Virginia can now qualify for in-state tuition. Kentucky residents in nearby counties can qualify for in-state tuition at OHIO Southern or Athens. Access the resources of a large, public university at an affordable, regional campus rate.

Program Admission Requirements

First-Year Students

Anyone who holds a high school diploma or has a GED certificate is eligible for admission to any Ohio University regional campus. Regional campuses have a rolling admissions policy which means that students may be admitted anytime during the year. Applicants will be accepted until class begins each semester. However, prospective students are advised to begin the application process as soon as possible so that they may be given important dates and deadlines in a timely manner. Freshmen applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

Transfer Students

You are a transfer applicant if you have completed nine or more semester (12 quarter) hours at another institution after you graduated from high school. If you have completed fewer than nine semester hours, you will apply as a freshman applicant. To apply as a transfer student, applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

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