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Interdisciplinary Studies, B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) is a rigorous and unique degree program intended to provide versatility for students seeking to design an academic plan of coherent concentrations through the process of integrative learning. 


  • The IDS online degree program offers six academic concentrations that will lead to careers in health management, business, social sciences and education. Upper division coursework in two disciplines are integrated from each student’s Integrative Learning Plan.
  • What Can I Do With an IDS Degree?

Cultural Studies:

  • Students interested in cultural diversity, language, philosophy, and art will create a unique Integrative Learning Plan that will develop creativity and critical thinking skills. Many students who complete the Cultural Studies curriculum also do post-graduate work or pursue careers in arts and cultural institutions nation-wide.

Business and Urban Society:

  • While not a degree in business, IDS students who complete coursework in this concentration study business practices, including urban renewal and development. Many of our IDS majors who complete this concentration pursue careers in corporate and non-profit organizations.
Education and Urban Society:
  • While not providing students with certification to teach, students who complete the curriculum in the Education and Urban Society concentration often continue their graduate studies in the Master of Arts in Teaching at UNO. IDS majors who complete this curriculum pursue careers in teaching and also in government agencies and in the private sector.
Health Care Business Studies:
  • The IDS concentration in Health Care Business Studies prepares students to pursue careers in hospital administration and in businesses that cater to public health issues. Students who complete the curriculum in this concentration also apply to graduate programs in Health Management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) provides students with a well-developed understanding of their Integrative Learning Plan (ILP) that encompasses a two or three-track plan of study utilizing multicultural and multidisciplinary perspectives. To meet the diverse social, cultural, and educational needs of many UNO students, IDS offers a comprehensive program utilizing both on-campus and online credit opportunities. The Integrative Learning Plan and personal academic advising are hallmarks of the IDS degree program.
  • Students who have completed an Associate’s Degree or who have completed most of the General Education requirements will be able to complete the IDS online degree program. UNO is striving to offer online sections for all General Education coursework, but there are still a few gaps. We work with students to fill those gaps with other distance-learning opportunities.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for freshmen:

  • Official transcripts with English translations.
  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 as calculated by the UNO Admissions office
  • Math Test Scores (one of the following):      ACT 19      SAT 500
  • English Test Scores (one of the following):      ACT 18      SAT 25 (Writing & Language)      TOEFL 70      IELTS 6.0

Technological Requirements

Students enrolled in online courses will be required to be familiar with basic computer skills and access to computer equipment and software.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14190 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    9354 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9354 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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