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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 select in-person courses in Charlottesville, Alexandria, Loudoun, Richmond, and Virginia Beach. Most classes 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 45-60 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.

* 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.

Faculty Spotlight

I want my students to realize that good writing just doesn’t happen. You have to work at it.
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Charlotte Matthews


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.

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It is extremely energizing to teach adult students, especially the highly motivated students in our program.
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Stephen Levine


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.

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Student Spotlight

It was very important to me to set an example for my three children. And earning my degree was a source of personal satisfaction.
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Marisela Perez


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.

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I'm in a managerial position now. An SCPS degree provided the foundation for advancing in my career.
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Clifton Jones


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.

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At orientation, everyone was kind and supportive, and they make you feel welcomed as a UVA student. You get all the services you would expect from a university like this. It is amazing.
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Jesús Pino


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.

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