General Studies

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StudyQA ranking:1097 Duration:48 months You need IELTS certificate

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The Bachelor of General Studies program through the College of Arts and Sciences is designed for adult and returning students who have already completed at least 60 college credits and want to complete a baccalaureate degree.

The Bachelor of General Studies offers students the flexibility to select coursework from a variety of focus areas: allied health; business; education; fine arts; humanities; social science; science, engineering and mathematics; technology; and wellness.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
  • USD 7635 Year (National)
  • USD 18044 Year (International)
Start date January,September 2015 Credits 120 credits
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On CampusOnline Educational variant Full-time Structure Fully structured Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions) Attendance Regular mandatory meetings Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Major Requirements: 48Completion of 15 credits in at least 3 of the designated General Studies focus areas (45 credits):
  • Allied Health (Courses such as anatomy, athletic training, health sciences)
  • Business (Courses such as business administration, consumer affairs, economics, ag econ, entrepreneurial studies)
  • Education (Courses such as early childhood education, art education, ag education)
  • Fine Arts (Courses such as art, art history, interior design, theater, music)
  • Humanities (Courses such as foreign languages, English, religion, philosophy, mass and speech communication)
  • Social Science (Courses such as anthropology, human development, political science, psychology, sociology)
  • Science, Engineering and Mathematics (Courses such as biology, chemistry, construction management, mathematics)
  • Technology (Courses such as agricultural systems technology, computer science, electrical engineering technology)
  • Wellness (health, physical education and recreation; wellness)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

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  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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