Next Start Date March 8
Est.Program Length 3.3 years
Course Length 7 weeks
Credit Hours 120
Cost Per Credit $278*
Transfer Credits Accepted 90
*Out-of-state students will be charged an additional $5 per credit.
Bachelor of Individualized Studies Overview
Achieve success with a curriculum that’s tailored to your career goals.
Discover a degree program designed to strengthen your unique talents with the online Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree from Shawnee State University Online Campus. Whether you’re seeking advanced skills for specific career goals or are striving to earn a degree that will help you qualify for diverse professional fields, this online BIS degree will help you achieve success.
As a student, you’ll discuss your educational needs, personal interests and professional aspirations with an academic advisor who will help you develop a unique plan of study. As part of the online Bachelor of Individualized Studies program, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a selection of diverse, career-focused courses and customize your curriculum to suit your career goals. Through a fully online classroom, you’ll have the flexibility to study when it’s convenient and complete your unique degree at your own pace.
As you build a strong educational foundation for your professional goals, you’ll receive personalized guidance from expert faculty with years of experience in their fields. When you complete the online Bachelor of Individualized Studies program, you’ll have the academic credential needed to pursue a graduate degree, plus the professional skills required for success in the field of your choice.
The Online Bachelor of Individualized Studies Program is Designed for:
- Those who are seeking a degree that can be customized to unique career goals.
- Those who have previous college credit and are interested in completing a degree.
- Those who need a bachelor’s degree for career advancement.
Prepare for Flexible Career Paths
Enhance your skills for a variety of career fields.
Build a Strong Foundation
Get on the pathway to advanced professional opportunities.
Gain Career Advancement
Earn the credentials to move up the ladder.
Courses and Requirements
41-42 Total Courses In This Program
Shawnee State’s online BIS degree requires 120 credit hours. As a student of this program, you’ll work with an academic advisor to create a degree path from available course offerings. It is recommended that each student completes a significant course of study (15–18 credit hours) in at least two areas of emphasis.
The online Bachelor of Individualized Studies program offers courses to provide a well-rounded education that supports the University’s mission statement.
First Year Experience: University Foundations
This one credit course is an 8-week experience designed to assist a student’s transition to Shawnee State University with a focus on financial literacy, the major selection and declaration process, and the development of career plans. This course is designed specifically for students with 30 credit hours or less.
Provides an opportunity for students to place their chosen field of study in an interdisciplinary context with intellectual, ethical, and historical perspectives. The seminar focuses on the synthesis and integration of various concepts by applying them to the analysis and solution of problems chosen in the context of their academic disciplines. Oral and written presentations of a persuasive paper are required. Note: HONORS SECTION: Students engage in extended class discussion of relevant readings for the chosen theme for that semester’s Honors Senior Seminar in addition to meeting the normal requirements of Senior Seminar. Such themes might include the conflict between science and cultural values, different ways of making and validating knowledge claims, or more extensive discussion of what it means to engage in critical thinking.
76 credit hours of elective coursework (42 at the 3000 level or higher)
Before applying for this program, you must have:
- ACT subscores of 18 or higher in reading, English, and math. If your scores are lower than 18, developmental coursework may substitute.*
* ACT scores are waived for applicants who are older than 21.
How to Apply
To apply to the online BIS degree, please contact an enrollment counselor and submit the following:
- Completed application
- All transcripts from high school and previously attended institutions
- ACT subscores in Reading, English, and Math
Costs & Financial Aid
The online Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree is offered at a tuition rate of $278 per credit hour for in-state students and $283 per credit hour for out-of-state students. Up to 90 credits may be transferred into the program.
Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $278 per credit hour $33,360 Total $33,360 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 90) $278 per credit hour $8,340 Total with Transfer Credits $8,340 Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $283 per credit hour $33,960 Total $33,960 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 90) $283 per credit hour $8,490 Total $8,490
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes two to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-815-0323 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
To help make your online education more affordable, Shawnee State offers financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants. If you have questions, our experienced enrollment counselors and tuition planners will assist you through the process.
At Shawnee State, we want those who have served our country to get the education they deserve. As a veteran or current member of the U.S. military, you can receive federal and state educational benefits through the VA, and we will provide you with guidance and support throughout your online education.
The online Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree allows students to create their own plan of study and gain skills that are specific to their career goals. Through career-focused courses, this program will provide you with the credential needed to pursue an advanced degree, along with the professional expertise to succeed in a variety of career fields, including:
- Social services
- Law enforcement