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Nelson Perez

Bachelor of General Studies `18

Nelson Perez proves that there is no wrong time to go back to school. With his sights set on earning his master's in social work, he completed his undergraduate degree with the University of Missouri. Online classes were easy to fit into his busy schedule and what he learned was immediately applicable to his full-time job in social work.

Bill Poteet

Bachelor of General Studies `17

In 1973, Bill Poteet had to leave the University of Missouri due to a family emergency. Determined to fulfill his dream, Bill came back to Mizzou and earned his Bachelor of General Studies in 2017.

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Quick facts

  • Program type: Bachelor’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Arts and Science | Office of Multidisciplinary Degrees
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Total credit hours: 120
  • Typical transfer student needs: 66 credit hours
  • Typical program cost: $24,066.90*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. A bachelor’s degree requires 120 credit hours, but the typical transfer student admitted to this program needs only 66 credit hours to complete this bachelor’s degree. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, residency, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

A bachelor’s degree in general studies from MU offers you a strong foundation in many disciplines and will help you acquire transferable skills in written and oral communication and critical thinking. If you want to take ownership of your studies and shape your major to serve your career aspirations, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

Salary increase

Source: Median earnings and unemployment rates of full-time wage and salary workers with bachelor’s degrees compared to those with some college but no degree. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (2015)

Graduates tend to possess highly valued characteristics such as

  • Adaptability
  • Leadership and initiative
  • Motivation
  • Problem solving

Program structure and topics

This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Online courses have varying lengths. Semester courses are 8 or 16 weeks in length, and start and end on specific dates. Self-paced courses let you enroll anytime, work at your own pace and take up to six months to finish each course.

Core course work covers

  • General studies and basic skills
  • Arts and science foundation requirements
  • Major
  • Electives
  • Capstone

Note Unlike the bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies (BA), the bachelor of general studies (BGS) does not require a foreign language.

Reduced tuition

Want a 10 percent reduction on your tuition? Mizzou Online offers tuition awards for community college graduates, veterans, military service members and their dependents.

Learn more.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Office of Multidisciplinary Degrees.