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  • ONLINE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GENERAL STUDIES

    Bachelor of Science in General Studies

    The online bachelor’s degree in General Studies at Drexel is designed to make earning a degree easier and more accessible for working professionals. This transfer credit-friendly program is perfect for those who have already earned credits from other universities, reducing time to completion and cost for a degree.

    What is a General Studies Degree?

    General studies programs provide more flexibility in completing the degree requirements. The bachelor of general studies program at Drexel gives you the opportunity to combine previously completed coursework with your professional interests to create customized specializations geared towards your dream career.

    How It Works

    Earning your BS in General Studies degree is closer than you think. Use your previous credits to shape the path to earning your degree. View our infographic to see how it works.

    Available Specializations

    • Business
      Provides a solid foundation for advancing in management and business
    • Client Development and Customer Service
      Develops skills for building and maintaining successful client relationships, while familiarizing you with customer service theory
    • Individualized Studies
      Customize your degree to meet your specific educational needs through electives in your area of interest. Common areas of focus include:
      • Addictions Counseling
      • Communication
      • Computer Crime
      • Computing Technology
      • Criminal Justice
      • Education
      • Health Services Administration
      • History
      • Marketing
      • Project Management
      • Security Technology
      • Sport Coaching Leadership

    What Can You Do with a General Studies Degree?

    Depending on your specialization, you may pursue a career in a wide variety of fields. Common outcomes among graduates of Drexel’s online general studies bachelor degree program include advancing in their current company or field, transitioning to a new career or field, and continuing to pursue a more specific graduate degree.

    Current positions of General Studies alumni include:

    • Assistant University Registrar
    • Bank Manager
    • Clinical Medical Assistant
    • General Manager
    • Library Tech Specialist
    • Mortgage Consultant
    • Paralegal
    • Pharmaceutical Consultant
    • Realtor
    • Senior Financial Consultant
    • Senior Project Manager
    • Vice President, Technology

    What Our Students Say

    Hear from recent BS in General Studies graduate, Angela Olchaskey, as she shares her experience as an online student at Drexel and how earning her degree gave her the confidence and perspective to create her own career path and excel:

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    Drexel University offers Undergraduate Minors that can be added to any bachelor's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

    English and Speech  
    ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.0
    ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing 3.0
    ENGL 103 Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres 3.0
    COM 230 Techniques of Speaking 3.0
    Mathematics   
    MATH 100 Fundamentals of Mathematics 3.0
    MATH 171 Introduction to Analysis A 3.0
    Computing
     
    PRST 211 Computer Applications for Professionals 3.0
    Degree Completion  
    GSTD 200 Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice 3.0
    GSTD 491 Senior Project in General Studies 3.0
    Natural Science  
    Select 9.0 credits from the following: ANAT, BIO, CHEM, ENVR, FDSC, NFS, PHEV, PHYS. 9.0
    Liberal Studies  
    Select 36.0 credits from a range of humanities/social sciences subjects such as: anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, political science, philosophy, religion, literature, and fine arts (history or appreciated, not applied). 36.0
    Free Electives 63.0
    A free elective is any course the University offers that you are qualified to take and can help round out your academic and professional expertise.  
    Specialization   
    The specialization is a set of courses built around a cohesive area of study in subjects such as business, client development & customer service, communication, or psychology. An academic advisor must pre-approve the specialization, which will not appear on your transcript. 45.0
    Total Credits 180.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
      • GPA of 2.5 or above 
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned high school diploma or GED a minimum of 2 years ago
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official ACT/SAT scores no more than five years old
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $501 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $834 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 15, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019

     

    2019-2020 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2020

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    March 21, 2020

    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    June 9, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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