B.A. Individualized Studies

Program Overview

Take the next step in advancing your education with the online B.A. Individualized Studies from Rivier University. It’s the perfect way to maximize your transfer credits, and it allows you to design a degree tailored to your needs. With the ability to transfer up to 90 credits, and because you are developing your own degree, you will receive credit for prior educational experience and earn your degree faster.

At Rivier University, we understand you have specific goals in mind. With this degree, you can customize your degree to help you better achieve your goals. Whether it’s learning more for your career or creating an interdisciplinary field of study, you’ll have the freedom to study what you want. And with the help of your academic advisor, you can make sure you’re crafting a degree that’s right for you.

Flexibility doesn’t come only from what you study, but from how you study as well. Learn fully online so you can study when it’s convenient for you. Multiple term starts, a generous transfer credit policy and competitive tuition rates are all designed to help you start, and finish, faster. Rivier University has been educating students to transform the world for more than 80 years, so you can trust you will receive a high-quality education in a format designed to help you succeed.

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  • Next Start Date: July 8, 2019
  • Est. Program Length: 2-4 years
  • Credit Hours: 120
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

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Course Map

The degree requires 120 credit hours for completion and tuition is $360 per credit hour. Students can transfer up to 90 credits into the degree, so it can be completed in as little as two years.

General Education Requirements (42 credits)

Foundation Courses: 12

  • ENG 120  Composition in Context: 3
  • MA 112 (or above) College Algebra: 3
  • RIV 120  Dignity, Work, Vocation: 3
  • REL  Elective: 3

Area Distribution Requirements: 18

Choose two courses from each area:

  • Humanities: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religion
  • Natural/Physical Science, Mathematics and Technology: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, Physics
  • Social Sciences: Economics, Geography, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

General Education Liberal Arts Elective: 12

Choose four courses from the Area Distribution Requirements above.

Concentration Requirements (30-36 credits)

Students consult with their academic advisor to select courses based on the individually designed and pre-approved education plan.

General Electives (42-48 credits)

Free electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.

Admission Requirements

Rivier University operates on a rolling admissions system. Students may apply for admission at any time and are notified of acceptance within 2 to 4 weeks from the date their application is completed.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for admission into the B.A. Individualized Studies degree.

Transfer credits from regionally accredited two- and four-year institutions are accepted. To transfer credits, you should request that your official transcript be sent to Rivier University, C/O The Learning House, 32 Mount Joy Street, Suite 300, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Your advisor will review transcript and determine how many credits are transferable to your chosen program of study.

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* Submit high school transcript or GED; unnecessary if you have an associate degree.