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Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (UDCP) Boston University Metropolitan College


There are many accomplished individuals who, for one reason or another, never finished their bachelor’s degree. For some, earning that credential could make a significant difference in their career advancement. For others it is an important milestone of personal growth.

Through the Boston University Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (UDCP), students who are prepared to complete a high-quality bachelor’s degree can do so alongside other accomplished, motivated, mature students—the program’s online format allows students to accomplish their goals without disrupting personal, family, and professional commitments.

Students who complete the bachelorís degree in Interdisciplinary Studies will be able to demonstrate:

  • A broad understanding of the liberal arts (that may be considered complete in itself or as suitable preparation for graduate studies), along with college-level rhetorical acumen through exposure to the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including mathematics and computer science.
  • Critical thinking skills via analysis and material studied in the classical and contemporary liberal arts using the interdisciplinary study method of particular themes and disciplines.
  • Preparedness for active citizenship by means of a strong foundation in the liberal arts and an understanding of the connectedness of knowledge and learning as an interdisciplinary phenomenon.

The UDCP is a unique opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the humanities, the social sciences, and the fundamentals of natural science—disciplines that are highly valued in today’s business climate, where success often depends on interpersonal awareness, critical thinking skills, and human factors. Students who complete the academic coursework that comprises the UDCP will graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Throughout the UDCP curriculum, students will:

  • Develop a detailed knowledge of classical and contemporary areas of the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences
  • Acquire an understanding of literature and history through focused themes
  • Gain full proficiency in writing through individual and collaborative work
  • Learn how to apply the liberal arts to the real world
  • Engage in courses that take a creative and manageable approach to academic subjects, like Food Stuff: A Taste of Biology, Exploring Philosophy through Film, and China, the Emerging Superpower: A Model for Development?

The UDCP is an ambitious program designed for individuals who have busy schedules and professional commitments—it provides an education that is worthy of your personal and professional goals. In 30 months, you can earn a degree that will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence you seek.

Getting Started: To apply for the UDCP, you should have completed 52-64 transferable credits from regionally accredited institutions including the equivalent of a freshman-level English writing course and a college-level course in mathematics or a related quantitative area. Please complete this form to request more information.