The Technical Study program is part of eCampus in BGSU Firelands

Online classes for the ATS degree have the same atmosphere and excellent faculty as classes on our Ohio campus.
  • O
  • F
  • Online
  • Firelands

Associate of

Technical Study

As a stand-alone undergraduate associate degree or the first step toward an advanced degree, the online associate of technical study (ATS) can jump-start your path to success. 

With the ATS degree, you’ll stand out from the crowd and go from job to career in as little as 18 – 24 months.

This flexible online program allows students to combine courses from different technical areas to create an associate’s degree focused on specific career interests.

Courses in business, management, technology, social media, or quality systems are just some of the options available.

Every student works closely with an academic advisor from BGSU Firelands to create a plan for their success. Begin or advance your career with an associate of technical study degree.

When you’re ready, push yourself further with possible advanced entry to our online bachelor’s degree programs.

This program is also offered in a traditional classroom setting. Learn more about the in-person version of the ATS program offered on the BGSU Firelands campus on North central Ohio’s Lake Erie shore, between Toledo and Cleveland.

Your degree, your way.

Students looking for flexibility in their degree program should consider the associate of technical study (ATS) degree. The flexibility of the ATS from BGSU allows you to mix a range of subjects according to your needs. 

Students might seek to unlock advancement in new career fields or to take the first step in recognizing their current achievements, or complement other educational qualifications they already have. 

With online delivery, straightforward requirements for entry and graduation, the associate of technical study opens doors to new career paths and new knowledge and skills. 

If you started your associate’s degree at BGSU and did not finish for one reason or another, we have good news! Bowling Green State University invites you back to Finish your BGSU Degree.


The BGSU ATS online program will develop your academic credentials and build your professional expertise in your chosen areas.  

Students complete 63 hours in total; 27 hours of general requirements – including humanities and arts, social/behavioral sciences, natural sciences, communication, and mathematics and 36 hours from a range of technical disciplines. Students will work closely with a BGSU academic advisor to select an appropriate course plan to meet their career goals.

The ATS is an ideal choice if you are looking to step up in responsibility and compensation at your current job or prepare to move up in your career. An associate degree in technical study will strengthen your management and leadership skills and sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills.

If you started your associate degree at BGSU but did not finish your studies for whatever reason, the Bowling Green State University associate of technical study is an adaptable way to complete your degree and graduate.

eCampus - proven improvement

BGSU is the only school in Ohio and one of ten nationally to gain the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certification at the institutional level for its eCampus-affiliated programs, including ATS.

The Quality Matters Online Learner Support certification recognizes online learning programs that provide all the critical student and academic services needed for learner success and use learner feedback to improve those services continually.

In addition to this, Bowling Green State University was recognized in 2019 as one of the best public universities in the country for teaching quality by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. 

Request Information

First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Lead Status
Primary Program of Interest
Progress Stages
Lead Source

Easy enrollment

  1. Complete an application form online for the associate of technical study online program Note: There is a non-refundable application fee of $45.
  2. Submit official transcripts. High school or college or both If you have less than 30 semesters or 45 quarter hours.
  3. Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration (SOAR). You will receive an email from the Admissions office when your application has been processed and is complete. Near the registration date, you will be invited to participate in an online, telephone, or in-person Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration (SOAR) session, where all your questions will be answered.  

Stand Out in courses like

  • Intro to Interactive Advertising & Social Media
  • Video Field Production, Editing & Online Distribution
  • Media and Strategic Communication
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design Thinking
  • Audio Production
  • Branding

Our customizable, online program can be tailored to your career goals and academic strengths.


Online classes across subjects available to the ATS program will develop student skills in sought-after areas like creativity, research skills, critical thinking, and communication. 

Employers tell us they look for a range of soft skills and demonstrated technical knowledge. An ATS can prove you have all bases covered when applying for your next job. 

Hybrid jobs are a rapidly expanding career path. These new opportunities draw upon skill sets from different, traditionally unrelated disciplines. Skills in demand by employers will often blend creative right-brain skills with left-brain technical skills.

Employers are looking for people who have essential skills and competencies backed by a solid academic foundation. With the BGSU ATS degree, you’ll stand out from the crowd and go from job to career in as little as 18 – 24 months.

Go Far in your career

  • Management or Leadership positions
  • Preparation for Professional certification
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Team Leadership roles
  • Healthcare Positions
  • Education Roles

BGSU eCampus Quality Matters recognitionQM LearnerSupport CertMark 2019 web

BGSU is the only university in Ohio to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. You can be confident you'll receive the same support as our on-campus students. All BGSU student and academic services are fully accommodated online, from accessing the University Libraries materials to academic advising to remote sessions for technical support.

Program Information

Students complete 27 hours of general requirements – including one each from humanities and arts, social/behavioral sciences natural sciences, communication and mathematics as well as 36 hours from technical studies. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select an appropriate course plan to meet their career goals.

Steps to Apply


Submit Your Application Online

Note: There is a non-refundable application fee of $45.

If for some reason all of your transcripts do not arrive or you decide not to begin for a given semester, another application and fee will be required for the next semester.


Submit Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from previous institutions:

  • If you have no prior college coursework, submit your high school transcript
  • If you have 30+ semester or 45 + quarter hours from an accredited college(s), submit your college transcripts.  You do not need to submit your high school transcript
  • If you have less than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours, submit both your high school and college transcripts

Most commonly, we receive electronic transcripts via Parchment, eScript-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse and Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse. We are willing to access electronic transcripts through any other secure sites hosted by the sending institution.


Firelands Advisor Will Help You Enroll

Approximately one week after the Admissions Office receives your transcripts and application, your application will be processed. You will receive an email from the Admissions office when that is complete.  As your registration date approaches, you will receive emails about how to participate in an online, telephone or in person Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration (SOAR).  During your SOAR appointment, you will register for classes.

You will be enrolled in and receive your degree from BGSU Firelands

College officials are welcome to send links to secure site delivery to   If you need to mail admission documents, please send them to:

    Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
    BGSU Firelands
    103 Foundation Hall
    One University Drive
    Huron, OH 44839

Advance Your Career

Employers are looking for people who have essential skills and competencies backed by a solid academic foundation. With the ATS degree, you’ll stand out from the crowd and go from job to career in as little as 18 – 24 months.

  • Develop your academic credentials
  • Build your professional expertise
  • Strengthen your management and leadership skills
  • Sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills

Nontraditional and Military Student Services (NTMSS)

Bowling Green State University has once again been named one of the top universities in the United States for veterans by the Military Times in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 rankings.

The BGSU NTMSS service is available in-person or remotely. It provides assistance to support you as you make career and educational choices. Beginning, returning to, or continuing your college education can pose a variety of challenges. The NTMSS staff are familiar with the issues facing nontraditional and military students and can be a resource as you plan and complete your program.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission has accredited BGSU since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face, or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Associate of Technical Study program does not lead to professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

Technical Studies is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure