Ellen Allred, Director
(801) 422-4351, toll-free 888-298-3137
Brigham Young University's Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Program offers former BYU students who are no longer able to attend BYU and have been away from the university for two or more years an opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree from home. Applicants must have already completed 30 credit hours (exam credit excluded) at the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student and must abide by the Church Educational System Honor Code and receive an annual ecclesiastical endorsement. This program is not available to current BYU students.
Applicants complete the admission procedure through the Bachelor of General Studies Office and pay a fee of $35. The BGS program is open to former students who meet all of the following criteria:
The bachelor of general studies degree is designed to help former BYU students utilize their previously earned credit as much as possible. The BGS uses the same BYU curriculum offered on campus and requires the same general education, religious education, and campus residency as on-campus degrees. Up to 90 of the required 120 credit hours may be earned through Independent Study. The major is general studies, with an emphasis in one of seven areas of study. The emphasis adds a measure of specialization and can be completed in one of the following areas: American studies, English, family history, family life, history, management, or psychology.
Students may earn only one emphasis and do not have the option of creating custom-made areas of study. However, within the number of general electives available, students can utilize credit previously earned in a former major or choose to take courses in a particular concentration.
The BGS is a fully accredited bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. Students pursue this program for a variety of reasons. Some desire a sense of accomplishment—to complete a degree they began years ago. Others are looking for career advancement or to eventually pursue a postgraduate degree.
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:
Students should see the BGS office for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.
To earn a bachelor of general studies degree, students must complete the following requirements:
|StDev 100 Independent Study course||(1 hour)|
|University core||(30-70 hours)|
|Religious Education||(14 hours)|
|Emphasis requirements||(30 hours)|
|StDev 490 Independent Study course||(2 hours)|
|General electives||(3–43 hours)|
The following policies also apply:
BGS course and credit requirements can be filled in the following ways:
Prior Courses and Credits Transferred into the Program
Courses and Credits Earned After Admission to the Program
Once admitted to the BGS program, it is expected that any remaining course work will be completed through BYU. This can be done in the following ways: