Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies FAQ

Why should I consider the BIS degree program?

The BIS degree program is designed to provide adult learners access to a University of Virginia undergraduate degree. Flexible course load, synchronous discussion-oriented online evening courses and select asynchronous and face class to classes are available. Small class size, supportive faculty, and faculty advising are all key features that contribute to student success. 

Where and when are BIS classes held?

The BIS degree program offers online courses and most are held in the evenings. The program can be completed entirely online.

Once enrolled in the program, how will I know what classes to select?

Once you are accepted into the BIS degree program, you will be assigned to an academic advisor who will help you with course selection and guide you throughout the program to help ensure your success.

Does BIS award transfer credit for life/work experience or CLEP examinations?

Transfer credit may be awarded for qualifying scores on select Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. UVA does not award transfer credit for the DSST (formerly DANTES) examinations or for life/work experience. 

What do admissions evaluators look for in an applicant?

In addition to 36-60 transferable credits, you must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA from the last college or university you attended. Beyond that, admissions evaluators will review your recommendation and entrance essays. Evaluators look for strong writing skills, solid academic performance, and the ability and motivation to succeed.

Is federal financial aid available to BIS students?

Yes. Federal financial aid is available to BIS students, and the Student Financial Services office helps with this. There are also scholarship opportunities and payment plans.  Learn more.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

The time it takes to complete your degree depends on how many transferable credits at admission and number of courses you take each semester. However, students must complete the program within seven years. On average, students complete the program within 3-4 years.

What can I do with a BIS degree after I graduate?

What you do with the degree depends upon your personal and/or professional goals. Some BIS students pursue graduate studies, a new profession, advancement in their current profession, or complete the program for personal enrichment. 

If I am ready to apply, can I consult with someone to help me determine if BIS is right for me?

Yes. We have admission counselors who will be happy to discuss the program and review your transcripts before you submit your application.

Is there a lot of writing in the BIS Program? Do you help students with their writing?

Writing is an essential component of the BIS degree program and you can expect to write in all of your classes. However, BIS provides support to strengthen your writing with a first-term course focused on writing skills, in addition to providing access to a Writing Center, a Director of Student Success, and a Peer Mentor Program.

What concentrations does the BIS degree program offer?

You will earn a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree and pursue one of the following concentrations: Art and Society, Business, Cybersecurity Analysis, Early Childhood,  Healthcare Management, History and Politics, Individualized,  Information Technology, Liberal Arts, Psychology, and Writing. Each concentration has different requirements.