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Online Bachelor's Degree: General Studies

General Studies
Bachelor of Science
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $324 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Personalize your learning experience with an online bachelor’s degree in general studies from University of Maryland Global Campus. Study a broad range of topics and increase your general knowledge base as you take charge of your education. Our generous transfer credit policy allows you to save time and money and get credit for the skills you already have. Plus, you’ll be able to earn your degree at your own pace, thanks to our convenient online courses. Why wait? Take the first step and apply today!

Personalize Your Curriculum & Take Charge of Your Education

UMGC’s online general studies program is designed for students looking to personalize their educational experience. A general studies degree may help you develop a broad knowledge base while also allowing you the freedom to study the subject areas that most interest you, whether that be science, business, the arts, or anything in between. Follow your own academic passions and curiosities—wherever they may lead! Through a combination of general education courses and multi-disciplinary major requirements, you’ll have the flexibility needed to take charge of your education and earn a well-rounded credential as unique as you are.

Here are some of the benefits of this online degree program:

  • We offer courses annually in the spring, summer, and fall terms.
  • This degree plan places an emphasis on prior learning, allowing you to earn a general studies degree online faster by receiving credit for the skills you’ve already mastered.
  • Take courses in a variety of disciplines, including business administration, criminal justice, social science, and more.
  • We offer competitive tuition rates for Maryland residents, as well as discounts for military servicemembers and their spouses and dependents. 

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Develop Key Career Skills

Today's employers are looking for professionals who have a broad knowledge base and the adaptability needed to fill many roles in an organization. This online program is designed to give you the broad skillsets you need to thrive in a modern work environment. Graduates of this online general studies program may be able to develop crucial and career-relevant skills in complex problem-solving, adaptability, critical thinking, and innovation. Our program directors refresh and update the curriculum regularly, with a focus on helping students achieve the following:

Unlock Your Career Potential

This program may help prepare you to pursue entry-level or mid-level careers that require a bachelor’s degree. Positions may be available in a variety of different industries, including those in the public sector, the private sector, and the non-profit sector. Graduates of the general studies program often find careers in management, office and administrative support, business and financial operations, and education. 

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Lifetime Earnings
Between 2010 and 2020, those who earned a bachelor’s degree attained additional net lifetime earnings of $5.9 trillion.
Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce | Learning and Earning by Degrees | 2024
Bachelor’s Requirement

Practice Real-World Skills in Your Courses 

Throughout your curriculum, your instructors will assign coursework that will help you prioritize real-world skills and in-demand experience. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following course projects: 

  • Analyze insights about personal and professional goals.   
  • Synthesize concepts and theories in your field or industry of focus.  
  • Design and conduct research in your field or industry of focus. 
  • Develop and present a professional portfolio that showcases your mastery of your learning goals. 

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