Yeshiva / Seminary Program: Degree Requirements

Academic Program

Fairleigh Dickinson University offers a Bachelors of Arts in Individualized Studies  (BAIS)  Degree completion program. Yeshiva students seeking admission to the program must have successfully completed one year of post-secondary yeshiva studies in a recognized yeshiva program.

The University will be able to transfer up to 90 credits total. The yeshiva students must submit an official transcript from their yeshivas. The transcript should indicate the courses taken, grades, and the number of credits earned. These students are given as many as 72 credits for their yeshiva studies toward the 120 credits Bachelor of Arts in Individual Studies (BAIS) degree. An additional 18 credits may be from other colleges or universities, from standardized tests such as CLEP.

The University requires that a minimum of 30 credits be taken at FDU to qualify for the degree above. Students are offered a wide range of courses generally in business. Those students with a minimum of six business courses have their transcript indicate a business specialization. Additional specialization will be offered in Sports Administration, Entrepreneurship, Public Administration, and Premed courses. The One Year Program offers flexible class schedules of three to twelve weeks.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for the Yeshiva/Seminary Program, a student must have completed at least one year of post-secondary (after high school) Yeshiva or Seminary studies. Completion must be documented.

If you are seeking financial aid you must provide proof of high school graduation or of having attained a GED. All transfer credits must be submitted before students complete their FDU studies. The programs must be completed with FDU credits; that is, your last class must be taken at FDU. If you are taking a break, you should apply for a leave of absence. If you are gone from the University without a leave of absence, you must re-apply. You cannot simultaneously be a student at FDU and at another institution of higher learning, (not including your Yeshiva / Seminary).

The degree requirements for Yeshiva/Seminary Program students are:

Every students must take at least 30 credits (including online courses) within FDU. Out of these 30 credits, the following requirements must be taken at FDU:

  • 3 credits of Advanced English
  • 9 credits of the degree concentration
  • 6 credits of CORE courses

In addition, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • 6 credits of English (English Composition/Writing I & II)
  • 3 credits of Speech/Public Speaking
  • 6 credits of Natural Science
  • 3 credits of Math
  • 3 credits of Computer Science

Declaration of Candidacy:
Every student that has 6 credits or less to graduate and receive his/her degree, should fill out a “Declaration of Candidacy” form.

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For more information please contact:

Eric Goldman
Office: (201) 692-2749
Fax: (201) 692-2503
Room 2120, Dickinson Hall
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Professor Francisco Parra
Academic Advisor, Assistant Director
150 Kotte Place
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Yeshiva Program BAIS Checksheet (PDF)