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Bachelor of General Studies Online

Overview

Complete Coursework: varies Credit Hours: 124 total Tuition: $350 per credit hour

Follow your passions, talents and career goals. And when the opportunity comes along, you'll earn it! Our online Bachelor of General Studies degree allows you to combine your various fields of interest with any previously earned college credits to truly design your own degree. Students in the Bachelor of General Studies online degree will choose three areas of emphasis in which to focus their studies.

This unique interdisciplinary degree offers you an education relevant to your passions and career aspirations while providing the support and guidance you need to succeed. With our 100% online courses, supportive faculty and diverse course offerings, you will have the flexibility to complete your degree at your own pace.

Courses

In order to graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of General Studies degree, students must complete 124 total credit hours included in the Bachelor of Studies degree plan. Coursework must include at least 30 credit hours taken at EMU, 15 hours of which must be at the 300/400 level. As an online student you will take all your classes with EMU instructors, just like you would if you were here on campus.

The BGS online degree requires students to organize coursework into three distinct, clearly defined areas of emphasis, with at least 20 credit hours per area. An area of emphasis may include courses from one or several departments, provided the courses are consistent with the area's focus. Students will work with an advisor to create an Individualized Studies Program to outline coursework.

To see the full list of available online courses, view courses.

General Education courses may be needed for the completion of degree. After admission to the University, your academic adviser will assist in determining which courses are required to ensure your degree completion. Required general education courses can be taken online at the same program rate.

Admissions

If you have fewer than 12 transferable credits, you will also need to submit an official (in sealed envelope) high school transcript or GED score report and your ACT or SAT scores for evaluation.

To learn more about our Bachelor of General Studies online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Bachelor of General Studies online degree is $350 per credit hour, including fees. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Michigan and is paid by the course.

To learn more about our Bachelor of General Studies online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Bachelor of General Studies online degree is convenient and accessible. After selecting your desired start date, you should review deadlines for completing your application, turning in all required documentation and fees, registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Bachelor of General Studies online, view calendar.

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Courses

To graduate with the Bachelor of General Studies degree from Eastern Michigan University, students must complete 124 credit hours total. Students will work with an advisor to create an Individualized Studies Program that incorporates previously earned college credits and outlines required coursework to define their specific degree plan. Upon completing 60 credit hours students will update their coursework plan with an advisor and apply to formally enter the Individualized Studies Program.

The Bachelor of General Studies requires that at least 30 credit hours of courses be taken at EMU, 15 hours of which must be at the 300/400 level. This coursework must be distributed equally over the three areas of emphasis. Graduate-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, subject to Graduate School approval. ESLN courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement. Note: at least 60 credit hours in the degree plan must come from 4-year institutions, including EMU. As an online student you will take all your classes with EMU instructors, just like you would if you were here on campus.

The BGS online degree requires students to organize coursework into three distinct, clearly defined areas of emphasis, with at least 20 credit hours per area. An area of emphasis may include courses from one or several departments, provided the courses are consistent with the area's focus.

Some example areas of emphasis from past degrees include:

  • Liberal Arts/Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Social Diversity
  • Business Foundations
  • Principles of Criminology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Elementary Curriculum
  • Health and Business

To see the full list of available online courses, view courses.

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Admissions

To be considered for this program, applicants to the Bachelor of General Studies online degree must have 12 or more transferable credits from a previously attended college or university. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on previous college coursework.

Please note: Students who are currently enrolled in an Eastern Michigan University on-campus bachelor's program are not eligible to transfer into this online program.

BGS Online Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Bachelor of General Studies online degree with 12 or more transferable credits from a previously attended college or university must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on previous college coursework.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
P.O. Box 921
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Documentation can be sent via email to: transcripts_admissions@emich.edu.

Have a question? Call us at 844-351-9389.

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Tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Bachelor of General Studies online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. The tuition cost includes all fees.

Degree Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course
Bachelor of General Studies $350 $1,050
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Calendar

Session Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Summer 2019 Due Dates
Spring II March 4, 2019 February 11, 2019 February 18, 2019 February 25, 2019 February 22, 2019
Summer I May 6, 2019 April 12, 2019 April 19, 2019 April 26, 2019 May 23, 2019
Summer II June 25, 2019 June 4, 2019 June 11, 2019 June 18, 2019 June 27, 2019
Fall September 04, 2019 August 14, 2019 August 21, 2019 August 28, 2019 August 25, 2019
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