General studies

Bachelor of general studies University of Missouri
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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of general studies


University of Missouri

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

College of Arts & Sciences

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Freshman credit hours


Freshman estimated cost


Transfer credit hours


Transfer estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Graduates tend to possess highly valued characteristics such as

  • Adaptability
  • Leadership and initiative
  • Motivation
  • Problem solving
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)
Salary increase

Program structure

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.

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

Core course work covers

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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length


Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time


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

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the College of Arts & Sciences