Advance Professionally • Career Change • College Credit from Military Training • Personal Fulfillment • Graduate Studies Preparation
The Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) program is Mason's adult degree completion program for adult learners.
Adult students enter this individualized study program for many different reasons. Some are pursuing the BIS degree as preparation for graduate and professional programs. Others see the BIS degree as a gateway for professional advancement or career change. Still others want to complete an undergraduate degree through BIS primarily for personal satisfaction. Some distinctive features of the BIS degree include the following:
Prospective students considering the BIS program may have ACE credit from government and military training that will transfer to BIS, or they may have professional work experience that will translate to portfolio credit that will transfer to BIS.
Admission to the BIS program is contingent upon admission to the university as an undergraduate transfer student.
BIS by the numbers:
41 years old is the average age of BIS students
3.195 is the average GPA of BIS students
71 is the average number of transfer credits accepted toward graduation
100% of BIS students learn research skills as part of their degree
76% of BIS graduates report that their degree has advanced their career
86% of BIS graduates report that their degree prepared them very well for further study
79% of BIS graduates would recommend the BIS program to others
35% of BIS graduates pursue further education after their BIS degree