B.G.S. - Bachelor of General Studies

"The fact that I could build off of the classes I took before and didn't have to start over really appealed to me." - B.G.S. graduate

About the Program

Are you ready to finish your college degree? Our flexible Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) program will prepare you to take the next step in your professional life, while you take care of obligations in your personal life. You'll benefit from personalized advising as you take classes in a variety of subjects. You'll build your critical-thinking and communication skills, as well as refine your cultural awareness and ethical values.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to begin or advance your career in a variety of fields, such as human resources, sales, education and the service industry. You'll also be well-equipped to enter graduate school, medical school or law school.

We have offered the Bachelor of General Studies since 1973, making it the oldest degree completion program at NIU. Join our time-tested program today and prepare for a bright future.

Program Mode of Delivery

This degree completion program is 100% online.


Unlike other degree programs that are structured, the B.G.S. offers you the flexibility to select courses across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to complete your degree.

An Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from any public community college provides an excellent foundation for degree completion and meets NIU’s general education requirements.

Applying to the Program

You'll apply as a transfer student. Start your application now.


The B.G.S. is a highly interdisciplinary baccalaureate degree and our classes are taught by full-time, distinguished faculty members throughout the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Program Type: Online bachelor's completion
College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Credits Required: Varies based on your experience
Tuition Per Credit: $377.04 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Summer May 15
Spring  December 1


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