Interdisciplinary studies

Bachelor of arts University of Missouri
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Courses for this program are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Your degree requires 120 credit hours, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions.

The courses you take will include:

Transfer students

The number of credits you need to take will depend on the type of previous credit earned and the institutions' accreditation and transfer equivalencies. 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.

Sample plan of study

See a sample interdisciplinary studies BA “Semester Plan” of study. Personal degree plans will be developed with your academic adviser.

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.

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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 for more information.

  • Program authorized


Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

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This program is administered by the College of Arts & Science