Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Admission Requirements

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Students apply to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program and to the University through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Standardized exams, such as the SAT, are not required. There is no foreign language requirement.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma, or equivalent

45-60 Transferable Credit Hours

The BIS Program requires 45-60 transferable credits, with a grade of C (2.0) or better from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities.

Credits at admission must satisfy the Liberal Studies Core requirements, which include:

  • English composition (your college’s full sequence)
  • 6 credits of humanities
  • 6 credits of social sciences
  • 8 credits of math and/or natural science
  • 10 additional credits in liberal arts course work (i.e., some combination of humanities, social sciences, math, or natural science).

Courses presented for the Liberal Studies Core generally must be eligible to satisfy an area requirement of the UVA College of Arts and Sciences.

2.0 GPA

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 from the institution attended most recently with good academic and social standing at that institution.

Academic, Social & Financial Standing at UVA

Good academic, social, and financial standing at UVA if previously enrolled.

Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) with Virginia Community College System

Under a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), applicants who have completed 60 transferable credits and a transferable associate’s degree from a VCCS college, with 45 or more credits earned from VCCS, and have earned a GPA in VCCS coursework of 3.5 or better, will be eligible for consideration under guaranteed admission. Those applying under the GAA must submit a Letter of Intent and official transcripts to SCPS Admission Services by February 15. A completed online application for admission must be submitted by May 15.

Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) with Richard Bland College of William and Mary

Under a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) with Richard Bland College (RBC), applicants who have completed 60 transferable credits and a transferable associate’s degree from RBC, with 45 or more credits earned from RBC, and have earned a GPA in RBC coursework of 3.5 or better, will be eligible for consideration under guaranteed admission. Those applying under the GAA must submit a Letter of Intent and official transcripts to Admission Services by February 15. A completed online application for admission must be submitted by May 15.

Admission Prerequisites

Business Concentration

To be admitted to the Business Concentration, students must have completed four courses at other institutions: micro- and macroeconomics, financial accounting, and statistics.

Psychology Concentration

To be admitted to the Psychology Concentration, students must have completed Introduction of Psychology or its equivalent.

Please note: Individuals who have already earned a baccalaureate degree are not eligible to apply for admission to BIS. Individuals may not apply to more than one undergraduate transfer program at UVA at the same time.

Are you looking to finish your undergraduate degree online? UVA’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) offers flexible course and scheduling options to make the program work for you. Rooted in the UVA liberal arts tradition, BIS offers an interdisciplinary education that prepares students to advance in their current jobs, transition to new careers, or pursue graduate studies.

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Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Application Checklist

Are you looking to finish your undergraduate degree online? UVA’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) offers flexible course and scheduling options to make the program work for you. Rooted in the UVA liberal arts tradition, BIS offers an interdisciplinary education that prepares students to advance in their current jobs, transition to new careers, or pursue graduate studies.

Start your journey toward finishing your degree online at UVA today!

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Before Applying
Application Process
  • Schedule an application walkthrough to go over requirements, best practices, and your timeline to submission
  • Gather the following materials and apply at https://apply.scps.virginia.edu/apply/
    • Two Essays: Approximately 500 words each
    • Unofficial Transcripts: Upload with your application; or send to [email protected], or submit them through the pre-admissions form
    • Standardized Test Scores: TOEFL, IELTS, AP or IB scores (if applicable)
    • Application for VA In-State Education Privileges: To determine residency (SCPS tuition is geographically neutral)
    • Letter of Recommendation: Ideally, a person who knows you in an academic capacity (professor, advisor) and can comment on the strengths and skills that will help you be a successful student. A work supervisor is also acceptable. Please, no friends or relatives.
  • Apply for financial aid
Next Steps for Admitted Students
  • Submit the Reply to Offer of Admission form in the application status portal
  • Submit official final transcripts to [email protected]
  • Your faculty advisor will invite you to schedule an advising session to:
    • Map out a degree plan, discuss your first-term courses and explain the registration process
    • Answer any outstanding questions
  • Make sure you have internet service that can handle video calls and a designated study space
    • Activate your UVA email, which is the primary way SCPS will communicate with you as a student
    • RSVP to orientation and take the onboarding course to learn what resources are available to you
  • Get ready for the first day of classes!

For questions about the application or admissions please contact the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies Admissions Team. You can reach us at 1.800.346.3882 or [email protected]

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* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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