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:
  • Charlottesville
  • NOVA-Alexandria
  • TCC-Virginia Beach
  • Online

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: 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.
Tim Wagner

Tim Wagner

2014

A study by example

In some ways, Tim Wagner’s success was his undoing. The founder and president of a flourishing association management and publishing company, he logs 100,000 miles of air travel each year serving a growing client list.

Marion Dobbins

Marion Dobbins

2012

Earning a bachelor's degree--a dream come true

For most of her adult life, Marion Dobbins had set her heart on earning a degree from the University of Virginia—but her first priority has always been her family.