Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree is a degree-completion program offering a broad interdisciplinary education with evening, weekend, and online classes.

Business

Choose from courses in Commercial Law, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Managerial Finance, International Business, and more.

Available: Online & All locations

Liberal Arts

Combine courses from the Humanities--art, art history, architectural history, classics, literature, music, philosophy, and sociology and the Social Sciences--anthropology, economics, government, politics, history, psychology and sociology.

Available: Online & All locations


Individualized

Propose a concentration comprised of 24 credits of upper-level courses tailored to an academic interest or theme. 

Available: Charlottesville

Individuals transfer to UVA as third-year students and complete at least 60 credit hours at UVA to earn the BIS degree.

  • Schedule & Format

    • Part Time
    • Evening & Weekend Classes
    • Face-to-Face, Blended & Online Classes
    On average, students take two courses per term, including the summer, and take three to four years to complete the degree. Many are able to finish sooner, or some students choose to move more slowly, taking up to seven years. 
  • Admission Requirements

    Individuals with a high school diploma, or equivalency, awarded at least four years prior to admission to BIS are invited to apply. They will also need 60 transferable credit hours.  

    Deadlines
    Fall: May 15
    Spring: November 1

    Admission Details

  • Tuition & Financial Aid

    Estimated Cost of the Degree
    In State: $25,560
    Out of State: $72,960

    Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates are adjusted annually. 

    Eligible for Active Duty Military Rate of $250 per credit hour (in state and out of state) for online courses

    Paying for Your Degree
    Options are available to assist students with paying for their education including financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans. 

    Tuition & Financial Aid Details

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  • Locations

    • Charlottesville
    • Northern Virginia Community College
    • Richmond
    • Thomas Nelson Community College
    • Tidewater Community College

    Locations Details

Faculty


As the BIS program director, Stephen also enjoys teaching U.S. Cultural History courses in the program. He appreciates helping students gain the education they need to realize their goals.

Meet Our Faculty

Stephen Levine

Stephen Levine

It is extremely energizing to teach adult students, especially the highly motivated students in our program.

Student Stories

Our students and alumni can tell you the impact the BIS degree has had on their lives and careers.
Jesús Pino

Jesús Pino

A Circuitous Route Leads to UVA

Every student has his or her own story, but Jesús Pino Aguilar’s is exceptional in that it encompasses not just a change of careers, but also a change of continents.

Sara Teaster

Sara Teaster

2009

Achieves goal, credits BIS flexibility

When Sara Teaster entered UVa's master's program in Urban and Environmental Planning in fall 2009, she felt well equipped to take on the challenge, thanks to the experiences she gained while earning her BIS degree. Teaster gives credit to BIS faculty for helping her hone her skills and develop her strengths as a student.