The Bachelor of Individualized Study program is a returning adult degree program in Virginia.

Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS)

A degree program focused on the goals of adult students.

The National Student Clearing House reports say that 40.4 million Americans have some college but no degree. 

Mason's Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) program is a degree completion program for adult learners. BIS offers contemporary students generous transfer credit options and a distinctive educational opportunity to integrate other college-level learning, such as professional credentials and military experience, into university coursework credits. Students create interdisciplinary concentrations to meet their own educational needs for professional advancement, career change, preparation for graduate school, and personal satisfaction.

BIS is designed to meet the needs of adults. The flexibility of the program, the pace of coursework, degree options and the time to complete are individually tailored to each student's situation.  Our advisors and faculty are committed to your success in earning your undergraduate degree.

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Questions? Email us at bis@gmu.edu

BIS by the Numbers


Average age of BIS students


Average number of transfer credits accepted


BIS applicants accepted


Graduates report they are well prepared for career


Graduates report they are well prepared for further post-baccalaureate study


Annual scholarships for BIS students