BIS Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the BIS degree program at UMSL, students need to submit a BIS Application Form, which must be reviewed by the BIS Advisor and approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee before the student will be admitted to the program. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • UMSL Campus GPA of 2.0 or above OR a student may apply during the first semester at UMSL as a student in good standing (not on probation).

How to Prepare an Application:

  • Students with an interest in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program must first meet with the BIS Advisor, Linda Guetterman, to discuss their plans and appropriate courses for the Area of Study before submitting the Interdisciplinary Studies Application.  Contact Ms. Guetterman by phone at 314-516-5501 or by email at
  • The application will ask for a proposed list of courses, the Area of Study, which must total at least 36 hours at the 2000 level or above.  Courses must be from a minimum of 3 different subject areas, with not more than 15 hours in a single subject.
  • Group courses together by curriculum abbreviation, such as HIST  or ENG.
  • List the semester that each course was taken or the semester when you plan to take each course.  A minimum of 15 hours of course work in the Area of Study must be taken at UMSL after admission to the BIS degree program.
  • At least 9 credit hours must be taken in the Area of Study at the 3000 level or above.
  • The application will also ask for a 500-word Statement of Educational Purpose, which should describe your educational and/or career goals.  This essay should also explain how the specific courses you have taken or plan to take will help you to achieve these goals.  Please explain why your goals cannot be met by another existing degree program at UMSL, or why the BIS degree is better suited to meet your goals.
  • The Statement of Educational Purpose must be printed in a 12-point font and double-spaced.

BIS Degree Requirements

  • A minimum grade of C- or better is required in all Area of Study courses.
  • A student must have an overall minimum GPA of 2.0 in the Area of Study.

University Degree Requirements

  • Completion of all General Education requirements.
  • Completion of English 1100, First-Year Writing or the equivalent with a C- or better.
  • Completion of English 3100, Junior-Level Writing or the equivalent with a C- or better.
  • Completion of the University state requirement of a course in American History, American Politics or Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • Completion of the University requirement of proficiency in Mathematics with a C- or better (options such as Math 1020 Contemporary Math or Math 1030 College Algebra or an equivalent course).
  • Each degree candidate must be in residence for 24 of the last 30 hours of graded credit (exclusive of courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis).
  • A minimum campus GPA of 2.0.