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Online B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Overview

Build your own degree from the ground up. The B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies empowers you to combine courses from our online programs with any past education to craft a pathway tailored to your goals. Designed for people with curious minds and busy lives, this flexible, fully online program cultivates an integrative approach — connecting the disciplines you need to pursue your dream career.

If you are interested in an on-campus learning experience, consider the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

Biola’s online bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies offers several key advantages:

  • Learning Unboxed.
    Let your interests drive your learning. You’ll partner closely with Biola faculty to creatively combine multiple disciplines, creating a learning plan customized to fit your career path.
  • Faith Integration.
    Understanding your calling begins with knowing the God who called you. That’s why you’ll encounter faith integration in each of your courses and earn a biblical studies minor alongside your interdisciplinary studies degree.
  • Practical Preparation.
    Our program is designed to be career-launching. Learn from professionals and participate in internships to expand your knowledge. You’ll be able to apply what you learn in the classroom to real life situations you encounter in the workplace.
  • Online Flexibility.
    Six start dates and fully online courses offered year-round ensure you can tailor your education — enrolling part-time to balance additional responsibilities or full-time to complete the program in as little as 24 months.
  • Personalized Partnerships.
    Our students never journey alone. Individually assigned success coaches and program faculty are intentional guides, investing in you spiritually, relationally and professionally from day one.

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Courses

What courses will I take as an Interdisciplinary Studies major?

In our online interdisciplinary degree, your pathway is determined by a proposal you’ll craft in partnership with your faculty advisor. This academic plan will take into account your goals and give credit for any prior education while integrating coursework from the following degrees:

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Organizational Psychology

  • BUSN 205 (3) Economic Principles
  • APSY 208 (3) Statistics for Research
  • APSY 265 (3) Psychology and Christian Thought
  • CEED 254 (3) Leadership Development
  • BUSN 220 (3) Management Information Systems
  • BUSN 318 (3) Human Resources Management
  • BUSN 319 (3) Organizational Ethics
  • BUSN 347 (3) Global Business Environment
  • CEED 326 (3) Counseling Methods
  • APSY 355 (3) Psychology of Health and Well Being
  • BUSN 375 (3) Business as Mission
  • PREL 350 (3) Crisis Communication & Reputation Management
  • APSY 406 (3) Social and Cultural Psychology
  • APSY 410 (3) Psychology in the Workplace
  • BUSN 421 (3) Leadership and Change
  • APSY 465 (3) Positive Psychology
  • PREL 462 (3) Leadership and Organizational Influence

Bible and Theology Coursework

As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, all undergraduate students have the opportunity to take 30 credits of biblical studies. As an interdisciplinary student, 6 of these credits will be integrated directly into your major-specific courses, and the remaining 24 will be offered through separate Bible and theology courses.

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Career Outlook and Preparation

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies?

Biola’s interdisciplinary studies program develops specific areas of expertise alongside critical thinking and problem-solving skills — serving as an excellent foundation for an array of career options. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in positions such as:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Non-Profit Organizer
  • Financial Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Management Consultant
  • Entertainment Industry Agent
  • Communications Specialist

10% job growth

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for human resources specialists is projected to be as fast as average between 2020 and 2030.

BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.

Admissions

Online Bachelor's Degrees Admissions Requirements

If you're interested in applying to one of Biola University’s online bachelor’s degree programs, see the information below to learn about admissions requirements.

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Steps to Apply

Want to get started with the admissions process? See our Steps to Apply for online bachelor’s students.

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Transfer Credit

  1. Transfer up to 70 credits of work from other accredited colleges or universities. Learn more about transferring credits.
  2. Earn credit for your program based on past work or volunteer experience through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Learn more about PLA.

If you have any questions about the admissions process or would like to have a transfer evaluation completed, contact your admissions counselor. To maximize your transfer coursework, contact our success coaches.

Prior Learning Assessment

Whether you currently work in the business world or have volunteer and other life experiences, we want to help you get credit for the knowledge you already have. Through Biola’s Prior Learning Assessment, you can earn credit towards your undergraduate degree. You can use the tool below to see how much credit you can potentially earn.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

As you consider the cost of college, keep in mind that more than 80% of Biola students receive some form of financial aid. We’re here to walk alongside you as you balance tuition and costs with different scholarship and aid opportunities.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long will it take to finish my online bachelor’s degree?

The program has been designed to allow highly motivated students to complete all major and Bible courses in as little as 24 months, but it is flexible enough to allow you to work at a pace that will fit into your busy schedule. Speak to your success coach to determine your personalized pathway for successfully completing the credits you need.

Which agency is the program accredited by?

Biola is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). This is the same agency that grants accreditation to other schools in California such as the University of Southern California, Stanford and local community colleges.

What does biblical integration look like?

You will take a full 30 credits of Bible and theology alongside your core major and general education courses. These 30 credits will qualify you for a minor in biblical and theological studies. Visit the courses page for more course details.

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Format

You'll be able to complete weekly coursework on a schedule that works for you — with asynchronous classes that are offered in a 7- or 15-week format.

Total Credits

Total program credits include major-specific courses and Biola's core curriculum.

Cost per Credit

This is the cost per credit; total tuition costs for each trimester will differ for part-time and full-time students.

Next Start Date

Online bachelor's programs have new start dates every 7-8 weeks, which means you can get started as soon as you want.

Standard Completion Time

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.

Accreditation

Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.