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.
A high school diploma, or equivalent, awarded at least 4 years prior to admission to BIS is required.60 Transferable Credit Hours
The BIS Program requires 60 transferable credits, with a grade of C (2.0) or better from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities.
36 of the 60 transferable credits must satisfy the requirements of the Liberal Studies Core, which include:
Courses presented for the Liberal Studies Core generally must be eligible to satisfy an area requirement of the UVA College of Arts and Sciences. Details about area requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Record.
Applicants for the off-Grounds programs offered with the Northern Virginia and Tidewater community colleges need to have earned at least 15 transferable credits from the host community college.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 the University of Virginia.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 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.
To be admitted to the Business Concentration, students must have completed four courses at other institutions: micro- and macroeconomics, financial accounting, and statistics (not business statistics).
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. Individuals who have been denied admission to another undergraduate program at UVA must wait one year before applying to BIS.
* 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.
Charlotte Matthews is a well-regarded poet with three full-length poetry collections to her name. Also an associate professor in the BIS program, she delivers rigorous instruction in writing and revision while encouraging students to develop their own voice. In 2018, Charlotte received the Adelle F. Robertson Award, the school’s highest honor, for sustained excellence in providing new knowledge, instruction, and public service to the people, organizations, and institutions served by the University.Read more
Stephen is an associate professor in BIS, and also serves as the program director. He has been teaching courses on U.S. cultural history since 2006, and, in addition to his work as an instructor, strives to increase access and flexibility at UVA to help adult learners reach their academic goals. Under his leadership, students are now able to complete the BIS degree entirely online.Read more
As a part-time student and working mother of three, Marisela took advantage of flexible learning opportunities and employer reimbursement to earn her bachelor’s from SCPS. After completing her associate’s degree at a local community college, she enrolled in the BIS program part-time. She completed her degree online after relocating from Charlottesville to California, and now works as an accounting manager for Tri-Dim, who sponsored her SCPS studies.Read more
When Clifton began his academic career at UVA, it was as a biomedical engineering student in the rigorous Engineering School. Three years in, however, he realized that this field was not for him. He left Charlottesville to enter the workforce, and started applying his talents at a youth arts organization in Washington, DC. Now returning to UVA as a BIS student, Clifton is completing his undergraduate degree in his true area of interest, and is collecting skills that will help him advance his creative career.Read more
Jesús came to SCPS by way of his home city of Córdoba, where he developed a passion for photography as the co-founder of a bimonthly arts and culture magazine. When he relocated to the United States for his wife’s job, he decided to advance his photography and advertising career with an undergraduate degree. Now a bachelor’s student at BIS, he’s making connections, developing expertise, and gaining experience in pursuit of his dream job.Read more