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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of this program requires 120 credit hours of course work: at least 36 credit hours in Arts and Science (A&S) foundation courses; 39 in the interdisciplinary studies major, including the capstone; and electives. You may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions.

The admissions office will determine your transfer credit once they receive your official transcripts and application. Visit the University of Missouri Course Equivalency site to determine credit equivalencies from courses taken at other Missouri institutions.

MU general education and basic skills requirements

Common MU equivalents are listed below.

  • MATH 1100 College Algebra or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Pre-, basic or intermediate algebra is not equivalent.
  • ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Typically known as Composition II at other institutions.
  • Writing intensive courses* (6 credit hours). Two approved MU writing intensive courses that have ENGLSH 1000 as a prerequisite. One of these must be 3000 level or higher and within your major field of study.
  • Math reasoning course* (3 credit hours). One approved math reasoning proficiency course that has college algebra as a prerequisite (e.g., STAT 1200, PHYSCS 1210, FINPLN 2183, ESC_PS 4170).
  • State Law Constitution Requirement (e.g., HIST 1100 or 1200, POL_SC 1100, HIST 2210).
  • Foreign language. 12–13 credit hours in a single foreign language or four years in high school.

* You must complete these courses with a grade of C- or better.

A&S foundation courses (minimum 36 credit hours)

Breadth of study

  • 9 credit hours of biological, physical and mathematical sciences, including two of the three areas; and one biological or physical science lab course.
  • 6 credit hours of course work in behavioral sciences.
  • 9 credit hours of course work in social sciences, including at least two areas.
  • 12 credit hours of humanities and fine arts courses. Must include work from at least three different areas.
  • You may use only one non-A&S course in each of these four categories:
    • Biological, physical and mathematical sciences
    • Behavioral sciences
    • Social sciences
    • Humanities and fine arts

Depth of study

  • 9 credit hours of course work from at least two of the four following areas must be at the 2000 level or above:
    • Biological, physical and mathematical sciences
    • Behavioral sciences
    • Social sciences
    • Humanities and fine arts
  • One 3-credit-hour course at the 2000 level or above must be taken through MU.
  • One course at the 2000 level or above may be an approved non-A&S course.
  • Note The courses you use to satisfy the foundation (breadth and depth of study) requirements may not be used to satisfy the interdisciplinary studies major requirements below.

    Interdisciplinary studies major (components), minimum 39 credit hours

    • The interdisciplinary studies major is composed of 39 credit hours, 3 of which are the senior capstone. The remaining 36 credit hours are to be distributed in one of the following four ways:
      • Three components (areas of study)
        • 12, 12 and 12 credit hours
        • 15, 12, and 9 credit hours
      • Two components (areas of study)
        • 18 and 18 credit hours
        • 21 and 15 credit hours
    • Course work in the components must be numbered 2000 or above. Only transfer credit that is sophomore-level or above can be used in the major.
    • Component courses may be selected from any department or program at MU (if the department permits), but at least 18 credit hours must be made of courses from an A&S department.
    • 15 credit hours must be at the 3000-level or higher. At least 12 must be from MU.
    • No grades below C- will be accepted in the major.
    • You must complete an approved 3-credit-hour capstone course from MU in one of the component areas. This course is included in the 39 credit hours of the major.


    Any courses ordinarily accepted by the College of Arts and Science may be applied toward the minimum of 120 credit hours required for graduation.


    The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

    State authorization

    States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

    Please see our state authorization page.

    How to apply

    You may apply to the online bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies program as a transfer student if you have at least 24 credit hours of course work from a regionally accredited college or university.

    You also may apply as a freshman, but we do not advise you do so. To apply as a freshman, please follow the freshman admission process.

    If you have 24 applicable credit hours, please follow the steps below.

    1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

      • Completed at least 24 credit hours of college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better.
      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your transfer college course work. If you are transferring from an MU System school (UMSL, S&T, UMKC) the minimum cumulative GPA is 2.0.
      • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
      • Please see the full list of requirements at the link under Step 3 below.
    2. Gather your papers

    3. In the online application, you will need to supply:

      • Your name and contact information
      • Citizenship, residency and visa information (if applicable)
      • Names and locations of previous college or high school and dates you attended

      You also will need to contact all your previous colleges or universities to request they send your official transcripts to

      • Office of Admissions
      • University of Missouri
      • 230 Jesse Hall
      • Columbia, MO 65211
    4. Complete the online application

    5. You can check admission requirements, transfer equivalencies and financial aid opportunities within the application.

      Apply Here

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    This program is administered by the Office of Multidisciplinary Degrees.