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University Studies - Complete Your Degree

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA or BS)

Program Details

Industry Highlights

  • Individuals who obtain a bachelor's degree make 78% more money than individuals with only a high school diploma.
  • The median weekly salary of an individual who has a bachelor's degree is $1,174

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Degree completion? Finish your degree at WMU.

The University Studies degree completion program gives you the flexibility and control you need to finish your bachelor's degree on your terms. This degree integrates prior college coursework from virtually any major into a generalized degree from Western Michigan University. Complete your bachelor's degree without the constraints of a specialized curriculum. Many concentrations are available so you can take classes in areas that interest you. You can complete your University Studies degree entirely online. Or, when available, you can take face-to-face or hybrid classes on campus at WMU or at one of WMU’s regional locations.

Why University Studies (BA/BS) at Western Michigan University?

  • No matter where you are in the country or the world, you can finish your WMU degree.
  • The University Studies degree is a perfect solution for former WMU students who have gone into different fields or discovered a passion for a new major/field.
  • Students who are close to graduation, but no longer find themselves suited to their current major, may switch to the University Studies degree at any time.

What types of students are pursuing a University Studies degree? Students who...

  • have earned junior status at WMU (or another four-year institution) or hold an associate degree. If you have less than 56 credits, please contact Exploratory Advising at (269) 387-4410.
  • are from a community college and are interested in obtaining a general bachelor's degree.
  • are non-traditional students or working adults with a family.
  • choose not to finish their original major.
  • wish to complete a graduate degree in the future.

Transfer students

University Studies is an excellent option for students wishing to transfer from a community college or four-year university with 56 credits or more credits. Specific program and general education transfer guides are available for students transferring from a Michigan community college. View the transfer guides by selecting the school from the drop down menu.

Unique concentrations available through Extended University Programs:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Comparative Religion
  • Gerontology
  • Holistic Health

Career opportunities

The ability to identify several academic areas of interest affords students the freedom to branch out to a maximum of three new areas of study to complement their previous coursework. Many employers are looking for a bachelor's degree, not a specific major. A University Studies degree is a great way to show employers that you have varied interests and experience as well as a diversified education. You can find employment in the fields of your varied concentrations, just as if you minored in those areas. For instance, if you have concentrations in Business and Health, you might search for job opportunities in Health Administration.

Career Outcomes for WMU and University Studies Graduates 2014-15, compiled by WMU Career and Student Employment Services.

Student quotes

"With two semesters left to graduate, financial obligations made it impossible for me to make my original major's required internship abroad. Through the University Studies program, I was able to graduate with a generalized degree. My advisor helped me to realize my goal of becoming the first person in my extended family to graduate from college."
-Katie B., University Studies graduate

"For years I have worked three jobs, seven days a week and have raised two kids on my own. I never thought I would be able to add finishing my degree into the mix. Thanks to the University Studies program, I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and will be graduating in the feels good!"
-Scott P., WMU University Studies graduate

How to apply

Because students often have questions about transferring credits, it's usually best to speak with an advisor before applying. If you have questions about the program or if you'd like to set up an advising appointment, contact a University Studies advisor.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.