Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

A Part-Time Degree

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) makes it possible for working adults to complete a degree from the University of Virginia in the evenings, on a part-time basis.

Multiple Learning Environments

Classes are offered in-person, blended (combine in-person with online), and online. Learn more about the available  learning environments


The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum is designed to foster a broad interdisciplinary education with concentrations in:

  • Business
  • Liberal Arts
  • Individualized Concentration

All students are required to complete an independent research Capstone Project guided by a faculty mentor.

60 Credit Hours Required for Entry

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program requires 60 transferable credit hours to enter the program.  The University then requires a minimum of 60 hours of UVa credit in order to earn a baccalaureate degree.

Applicants for the off-Grounds program offered with the Northern Virginia and Tidewater community colleges need to have earned at least fifteen (15) transferable credits from the host community college.

Note: this may not be the program of choice for some individuals who are eager to enter a program sooner and/or may want to bring in more hours that will count toward a degree completion.

Support Starting Today

In an effort to maximize potential success and satisfaction for each student throughout a very challenging academic experience, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies provides a high level of support and individualized attention, starting at the pre-application stage. Pre-admission counselors are available to meet with prospective students, then, academic advisors are available after admission to the program.