Online Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies

Background

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Individualized Studies degree is offered through the University’s Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, which has a long history of offering career-relevant programs to adults and working professionals. The fully online delivery of this bachelor's degree program follows the same rigorous curriculum and standards as the face-to-face model established decades ago on the Metropolitan Campus. Using FDU's WebCampus, students are able to access their courses any time and from any location via the Internet. This asynchronous delivery model offers adult learners, often busy with family and carrer obligations, enormous scheduling flexibility.

The degree 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. Students in the program develop expertise that has proved invaluable in a wide range of settings, including local, national and international corporations. Expertise gained from the program is also invaluable in the public sector and the not-for-profit world.

Program Highlights

The BA in Individualized Studies degree is ideally suited to 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. (See Accelerating Your Degree.) Students who receive the full 90 credits may complete the degree in as little as 18 months.The program offers a timely and cost effective way to earn an bachelor's degree as either a terminal degree or as a stepping stone to a master's degree. Highlights of the online BA program include:

  • Convenient Year-Round Scheduling: The Online Programs' calendar offers 4 terms per year beginning in September, January, April and July. Classes meet on our WebCampus for 10-12 weeks during each term.
  • Rolling Admissions: Students can enter the program at the beginning of any of the 4 terms.
  • Admission with Advanced Standing and Opportunities for Degree Acceleration: Up to 90 credits of the 120 credit BA in Individualized Studies degree can come from sources such as transfer credits from other institutions, standardized exams (e.g. CLEP, TECEP, DANTES), military/professional training evaluated by American Council on Education (ACE), and FDU's assessment of prior learning that was attained outside the traditional classroom.
  • Single Point of Contact for Student Services: The Office of Online Programs provides fully online adult learners a singal contact for all student services from time of admission until graduation. Rather than spending precious time navigating the University's administrative structure from a distance, students can focus on their studies and simply email or call the Office of Online Programs when a need arises.
  • Individual Attention and Guidance: Each student is regarded as unique in educational background and academic aspirations. Therefore, academic counseling is provided by a dedicated advisor familiar with each student's history and attentive to each student's needs. A personalized degree plan is prepared for each student and updated each semester in the Office of Online Programs.
  • Online Academic Support Services: e-Tutoring and online library services are available to FDU students. Of course those who are able to come to a campus location can also take advantage of on-campus services and participate in campus events and activities.
  • Special Tuition Rate: A special tuition rate is offered to adult learners who opt for the fully online BA in Individualized Studies degree program. The Financial Aid Office and Office of Veteran Services are available to assist students in understanding the various aid programs open to eligible students. In addition, FDU offers a variety of payment methods, including a deferred payment option for those receiving employer reimbursement.

Degree Requirements

The minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies degree are:

  • Completion of 120 credits according the program curriculum;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in the upper level courses completed at FDU;
  • 9 credits in the Specialized Studies Area taken at FDU at the 2000 level or above;
  • 30 total credits (normally the last 30) taken at FDU.