Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

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The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree is designed for adults who seek a flexible program that enables them to complete their undergraduate degree while balancing work and family commitments.  Rooted in the UVA liberal arts tradition, the BIS degree offers a broad interdisciplinary education that prepares students to advance in their current jobs, transition to a new career, or pursue graduate studies.  Regardless of their area of concentration, BIS students strengthen highly desirable skills in critical thinking, communication, problem solving, team work, analytical reasoning, and time management.  Students choose a concentration from options in business, technology, healthcare management, and the liberal arts.

Students enter BIS having completed a foundation of 45-60 credits transferable to UVA, including sufficient course work to satisfy the Liberal Studies Core admission requirements.  A total of 120 semester credits are required for the degree; at least 60 credits must be completed in UVA course work.  Our pre-admission advising team is ready to answer questions, provide feedback based upon a preliminary review of transcripts, and help recommend strategies for a strong application.  On average, working BIS students take two courses per semester and complete the degree in about three years.  However, the degree offers flexibility to those whose lives permit them to handle a heavier course load and complete the degree more quickly.  Ultimately, we care about student success and are happy to discuss individual circumstances. 

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Key Takeaways
  • Undergraduate study designed around the lives and schedules of working adults

  • Concentrations in areas such as technology, healthcare management, business, and the liberal arts

  • Have your unofficial transcripts reviewed by a pre-admission advisor

What You Will Learn
  • The BIS degree program offers concentrations in Art and Society, Business, Cybersecurity Analysis, Early Childhood, Healthcare Management, History and Politics, Information Technology, Liberal Arts, Psychology and Writing. With permission of the BIS director, a student may also propose an individualized concentration.
  • Students enroll in a required series of Liberal Studies Seminars and Conduct of Inquiry Seminars, supplemented by elective courses that complement academic, personal and professional goals.
  • Students also conduct independent research for a two-semester Capstone Project, with guidance and support from a faculty member.
Meet the Instructors
Julia May

Julia May

Charlotte Matthews

Charlotte Matthews

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Synchronous online (evening classes), Select Asynchronous and face-to-face 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


Fall Entry: May 15
Spring Entry: Nov 1

  • High school diploma, or equivalent
  • 45-60 transferable credits that satisfy
    the Liberal Studies Core requirements

Admission Details



$29,280 (same in-state and out-of-state; based on 60 transfer credits at admission)

  • Students have access to financial aid,
    scholarships, and payment plans

Tuition and Financial Aid Details

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