• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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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 plan of study must be approved at the beginning of the program.

There are a lot of options when it comes to a degree completion program; just searching the web brings up thousands of results. At UMSL, we are focused on providing a quality education in the heart of a thriving metropolitan area. Our physical location combined with our award-winning faculty members and excellent education makes a Liberal Studies degree from UMSL unique.

The future of education is moving to online courses and programs, and we want to provide our students with the best options possible. UMSL offers 155 online liberal studies courses, including general education, to deliver a convenient and flexible option for degree completion. Our online courses are designed with the distinct emphasis on those looking for a program they can plan and control to fit their needs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Students who are planning to earn a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree should declare the BLS as their major within the first 90 hours of the program. Declaration past this time may prevent timely graduation as all capstone courses are not available every semester.
  • The College of Nursing and the Joint Engineering Program are not participants in the BLS program.
  • The following Colleges/Departments participate in the BLS program but do not offer a capstone course and must be paired with a minor from one of the areas listed below: Business, Studio Art, Theater Arts, Statistics, Undergraduate Certificates, and Interdisciplinary minors.
  • Students admitted to the Pierre Laclede Honors College who wish to present the Honors Certificate as a minor for the BLS must complete the Honors Capstone, (one or two credit hours) and also direct three to six hours of their Honors independent study requirement to work demonstrably relevant to their BLS program. Students should consult the BLS faculty advisor in the Honors College about this requirement.
  • The capstone is required in addition to the courses presented for the minor. A minimum grade of C must be earned in the capstone course. The capstone course is not counted toward the minor residency requirement.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • 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.

General Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    911 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 911 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    343 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 343 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Louis

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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