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University Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (ARWU) Orono, ME, United States| Online
The Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) is UMaine’s degree completion program for busy adults. Many adults who have some higher-education experience but no bachelor’s degree find that life circumstances or interests make a traditional major and/or on-campus study difficult.
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Overview

The B.U.S. curriculum can be totally self-designed, or students may select one of four existing tracks (24 credit hours). The B.U.S. program offers the following track options:

  • Self-Designed Track
  • Labor Studies Track
  • Leadership Studies Track
  • Maine Studies Track
  • Peace and Reconciliation Studies Track.

With its multiple track options, the B.U.S. program provides an opportunity both for students who would benefit from an individually-designed interdisciplinary program of study, as well as for students who would prefer a more prescribed curriculum.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Students are strongly encouraged to apply by Dec 1 to guarantee priority consideration for merit scholarship awards and to have their application fee waived.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Introduction to the Bachelor of University Studies
  •  Crucial Question 1. Defining Human: What does it mean to be human? : Who are we? How do we know?
  •  Crucial Question 2: Explorations & Encounters: What is the World (and how do we know it?)
  •  Core Course in University Studies
  •  Crucial Questions 3: Self and Others
  •  Crucial Questions 4: Human Futures
  •  Advance Topics in University Studies
  •  Senior Capstone

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 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

  • The applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (e.g., GED).
  • Prior to formal admission, the applicant must have completed at least 18 credit hours either at the University of Maine or through acceptable transfer credits from accredited, postsecondary institutions.
  • These courses must represent several academic areas, be approved by a B.U.S. adviser and show a minimum grade point average of “C” (2.0).
  • Applicants are expected to participate in an interview with a B.U.S. adviser to discuss their goals and objectives.
  • Students will complete a University of Maine undergraduate admission application form.
  • Applicants will be granted admission to the University of Maine by the Office of Admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 953 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 953 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    293 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 293 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Orono

  • 1216 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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