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What will I learn?

The General Studies major is both an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program. This provides you the opportunity to explore your interests and is adoptable to your needs by discovering electives from any discipline that appeals to you. As a student of the program, you gain the fundamental skills in problem-solving and communication as well as critical reading, writing and speaking. The goal of this program is to introduce you to contextual framing of any discipline in the arts and sciences and achieve the broad knowledge and training that employers require.

The Bachelor of Science in General Studies is an online or on-campus, adaptable degree aimed at the working professional who wants to continue working while earning an undergraduate degree. It is also suitable for students who have an unclear career path. The degree is multidisciplinary, allowing students the opportunity to explore their interests in unique and innovative ways. Students can choose from emphasis areas including but not limited to accounting and finance, business management, education, geography and geographic information science, health and physical education, marketing, and nursing. Students have the option to create their own emphasis area(s) through a proposal process with their academic advisor.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$13,449.52 per year
This fee is calculated on 28 credit hours - 14 each trimester.

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

Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

12 January 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

270 Administration Building,

Northwest Missouri State University, 800 University Drive, 101 Valk,



64468, United States

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
USD $299 per credit hour

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

Application deadline

Expected September 2022

Start date

Expected October 2021

Entry requirements

For international students

Admission requirements for first-time freshmen must include the following: A minimum high school grade point average of 2.00 or "C" average and; A college-preparatory curriculum in secondary school, including courses in mathematics, science, language and social studies.

English proficiency exam score

TOEFL – 61

IELTS - 5.5

PTE – 44

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) – 162

GTEC – 1100

iTEP – 3.5

SAKAE – 11 to 12

EIKEN - Pre-1 (2304)

TOEIC – 586

Duolingo – 90

The application deadline for fall term is Jun 15 and Spring term is Nov 01.

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


About Northwest Missouri State University

Programs are career-focused, meaning students gain the skills required for a competitive edge in the tough graduate job market.

  • Main campus in Maryville, Missouri
  • 20:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • 96% graduate prospects rate
  • Focus on profession-based learning