Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program, Bachelor’s Degree

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, adding depth to life experience.

For students who have already earned a minimum of 40–80 transferable academic credits, the Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (UDCP) offers a unique and ambitious liberal arts curriculum that explores topics in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, as well as mathematics and computer science. A liberal arts education remains highly valued by employers, especially in business and technology, where success often depends on interpersonal awareness, analytical skills, and human factors, as well as the ability to think creatively.

In a fully online environment shared with other accomplished, motivated, mature students, the program’s flexible format allows participants to accomplish their goals without disrupting personal, family, and professional commitments. Students who complete the academic coursework that comprises the Online UDCP will graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Students who complete the bachelor’s 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.

Why Choose BU’s Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program?

  • Unique, online curriculum explores classical and contemporary areas of the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences
  • Students acquire an understanding of literature and history through focused themes, and gain full proficiency in writing through individual and collaborative work
  • Courses 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?

Meet Dr. Regina Hansen, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program.

Career Outlook

93% of employers agree that a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.

80% of employers agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.

55% of employers prefer a combination of field-specific knowledge and skills and a broad range of knowledge and skills.

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and the Association of American Colleges and Universities,
How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.


The Boston University online bachelor’s degree completion program consists of completing a minimum of 12 online courses (48 credits).

Hub Requirements
All BU undergraduate students, including transfer students, will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, the University’s general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied in a number of ways, including coursework in and beyond the major as well as through cocurricular activities. Students in the Online UDCP will, through the program curriculum, satisfy all BU Hub requirements.

Scholarships Available

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.