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

Instruction occurs primarily face-to-face in a seminar environment. Various learning environments are also available for added flexibility. 


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, Thomas Nelson (starting Fall 2015), 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.