What will I learn?

UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - Under this scheme, F1 international students who are unable to report to campus this fall due to COVID19 are able to pay a reduced rate of tuition. • This will only be for the Fall 2020 semester as the students should be on campus in Spring 2021 paying regular rates. • Any UMSL Global scholarship awarded for Fall 2020 would be deferred until Spring 2021. • Students must be enrolled in a degree program conducive to online learning.

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies is a degree program that enables students to combine structured areas of academic emphasis in ways more relevant to their interests than the standard academic major.

Students who participate in this program must declare their areas of study (two minors or a minor and undergraduate certificate) at the time they declare that BLS is their intended degree.

The BLS program is administered through the Department of Philosophy.

To obtain a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS), a student must complete:

UMSL General Education Requirements (consult General Education section of course listings)

In addition, students must complete the State Requirement (3) and Cultural Diversity Requirement (3) if not met in General Education course selection

The university requirement of proficiency in English Composition

ENGL 1100 - First Year Writing (to be completed in the first 24 credit hours at the university)

Junior Level Writing

The university requirement of proficiency in Mathematics (to be completed in the first 24 credit hours at the university)

Two emphasis areas that are satisfied by completing the requirements for:

two designated BLS Minors in participating departments or other units OR

a designated minor and any undergraduate certificate. No course may be used more than once.

A capstone course1 (minimum of 3 hours) selected from one of the concentration areas that make up the identified BLS core.

Also Required

Minimum of 45 credit hours in upper level course work (2000 or higher)

Electives 28-42

A minimum of 120 credit hours

Overall GPA of 2.0 or better

GPA of 2.0 or better in BLS combination areas (unless otherwise specified)

Minimum grade of C in all courses used in BLS combination areas unless otherwise specified by the department

Residency requirement, in addition to campus residency, unless otherwise specified, 9 graded hours in each minor and certificate at 2000 level or above and one capstone course

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
$17,982.00 (13,34,939) per year
USD $999 per credit; COVID - 19 Fee Changes-Online Start: UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - USD $550 per credit hour for Undergraduate tuition + fees (Normally USD $976.50 per credit hour + fees)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

23 August 2021, 18 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) on minimum of 30 transferable credit hours (excluding nursing course work)

For international students

Students in their last year of high school should submit transcripts for all years completed thus far. Students who have completed high school must submit final transcripts and degree certificates or exam results.
Students who have studied at a college or university must submit university transcripts to date. If you have completed more than 24 credit hours at a university, you do not need to submit high school transcripts.
Transcripts are required from all high schools or universities attended.
Proof of English proficiency: This can be shown with an official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score. The minimum requirements are 61 iBT TOEFL, 5.5 IELTS, or 44 PTE-A.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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