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Bachelor of General Studies

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Bachelor of General Studies

Online Degree

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) gives you a unique opportunity to develop a multidisciplinary course of study that fulfills traditional university requirements in liberal arts and sciences while being customizable to meet your specific goals for a college degree.

The IU Online Bachelor of General Studies allows you to complete requirements in three learning areas: arts and humanities, science and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences. In consultation with your academic advisor, you also complete electives that allow you to tailor your general studies degree to your individual needs. You receive a broad range of skills and knowledge that can further your current career and/or prepare you for professional programs or graduate school.

Your IU Online BGS prepares you for such careers as:

  • Accounting specialist 
  • Public relations specialist 
  • Marketing specialist 
  • Sales manager 
  • Brand manager 
  • Regulatory affairs specialist 
  • Project manager 
  • Operations manager 
  • Risk management specialist 
  • Office manager

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. At least 30 transferable credit hours.
  2. Met all other admissions requirements.
To apply to this program:
  1. Complete application for admission.
  2. International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  3. Submit official transcripts to
Application Deadline:

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials

Tuition and Fees
  • Indiana Residents | $224.23/credit hour ($672.69/3 credit hours)
  • Out of State Residents | $321.34/credit hour ($964.02/3 credit hours)
  • Additional fees will apply

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)
To graduate with the BGS, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. At least 30 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. You may transfer a maximum of 90 credit hours from other colleges and universities, to include no more than 60 from junior and/or community colleges. You may take a maximum of 21 credit hours in any single department in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a maximum of 30 credit hours in any one of the professional schools of the university. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Requirements are broken down as follows:
  • General education courses (33-39 credit hours) 
  • Arts and humanities courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Science and mathematics courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Social sciences courses (12 credit hours) 
  • BGS concentration courses (18 credit hours) 
  • Arts and humanities elective courses (15 credit hours) 
  • General elective courses (51 credit hours) 

Academic Bulletins

PDF Version

2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

Please be aware that the PDF is formatted from the webpages; some pages may be out of order.