Online Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies

Specializations in Business, Communications, Applied Technology and Public Service Administration


Fairleigh Dickinson University, the largest independent university in New Jersey, has a long history of offering adult learners a bachelor’s degree completion program.  The program, which has flourished at numerous offsite degree locations in northern New Jersey for many years, was recently converted to a fully online format.  Online learning offers enormous flexibility and is completely asynchronous.  Students may log on and complete their course work whenever it is most convenient for them, during lunch breaks, evenings, and weekends.

We offer this degree to several corporate partners from a variety of business sectors including Booz Allen Hamilton, the northern Virginia headquartered management consulting firm, and Verizon Wireless.   FDU was pleased to accept the “Innovative Partnership Award” for this program from Booz Allen Hamilton in 2004.


The online Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies (BAIS) with specializations in business, communications, applied technology and public service administration is offered through the University’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, which specializes in programs for working professionals. It is aimed at students who are interested in combining business theory with technological skills that are vital in today’s workplace. Students find that their course work has an intense practical orientation.  They are able to apply the skills they learn immediately in their day-to-day working lives.

The program’s goal is to increase the student’s understanding of communication, management, applied technology and business in the world economy.

The BAIS degree is ideally suited to employed adult learners who have already earned some college credit.  FDU will accept up to 90 credits, of the 120 required for the degree, from other sources.  Students who receive the full 90 credits may complete the degree in as little as 18 months.

FDU can accept up to 90 credits from a variety of sources including:

  • College level course work earned at other accredited institutions where the student has received a grade of “C” or better (up to 90 credits).
  • Corporate training courses approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) for college credit.
  • Credit for college level knowledge gained through portfolio assessment of experiential learning and documented in accordance with rigorous standards (up to 30 credits).
  • Credit through the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) which recognizes college level knowledge in a variety of fields (up to 33 credits).
  • Other sources such as Law Enforcement Academy training and military experience that has been evaluated as equivalent college level credit.

The program is designed as a timely and cost efficient vehicle to enable adult learners to complete their undergraduate degrees. Classes are organized in 10-12 week trimesters, beginning in September, January and April.