Online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
- Convenient online multidisciplinary studies degree offered through UTEP Connect
- Flexible study options that fit busy work and family schedules
- Completion degree for students with some college experience
- Online curriculum available from four Texas universities
- Perfect for students who want to explore various disciplines
- Individualized program designed for your unique interests and earned credit
Our online bachelor of multidisciplinary studies (BMS) degree is perfect for students who have accumulated prior semester credits without completing a degree. It is ideal for those whose studies have been interrupted for personal or professional reasons. Additionally, the 100% online curriculum offered by UTEP and other University of Texas schools makes it that much easier to meet your goals. Courses are affordable and accessible, and you can complete your multidisciplinary studies degree without ever having to come to campus.
Being an online (student) has been a great experience to me because (it) has helped me get my education while serving full time in the military. As I near my retirement I'm over half way done to getting my bachelor’s. Thanks UTEP for all your help and having good professors. - Jose N. Tijerina, Student and Active Military
WHY AN ONLINE MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES DEGREE?
If you are undecided on what you would like to study, or are returning to school with a new set of interests, this is the right degree for you. The Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies gives you the opportunity to explore up to three concentration areas in addition to your core studies. You could focus on Chicano studies, communication or criminal justice, to name just a few of the available options.
With the multidisciplinary studies degree you have a wide range of career options available to you, depending on your interests and the path you choose. Areas of interest might include:
- Social Sciences
- Chicano Studies
- Other topics in Liberal Arts
The UTEP Career Center provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.
Meet our students
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The University of Texas at El Paso and its access and excellence mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online degrees such as the online multidisciplinary studies degree help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities. Here’s what sets UTEP apart:
- UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.
- UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP also boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.
- UTEP has attained a coveted R1 designation (top tier doctoral university with very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP is one of only 130 (4.5%) top tier universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this prestigious R1 distinction, joining the ranks of such universities as Stanford, M.I.T., Michigan, Arizona and California-Berkeley.
- With $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending. Funding is received from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies.
- UTEP is ranked as the best return on investment and one of the most affordable emerging research institutions in higher education in the country according to collegecost.ed.gov. Also, per collegescorecard.ed.gov, the average net price per year at The University of Texas at El Paso was significantly lower than other universities across Texas.
- Affordableschools.net also ranks UTEP as one of the top most affordable Latinx/Hispanic-Serving Institutions with online bachelor’s degrees.
- UTEP awards $88 million in scholarships annually and $192 million in financial aid (over 88% of UTEP students receive financial aid).
- The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility.
- The Carnegie Corporation of New York also recently recognized the University for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in our community.
- UTEP is a part of the Military Times’ Best: Colleges 2018 rankings.
- Hispanic Business magazine consistently ranks graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation.
- UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
ONLINE MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES DEGREE CURRICULUM
Our goal is to give you the necessary knowledge and skills to express yourself effectively, think creatively and solve problems. However in order to get the most out of the online multidisciplinary studies degree you must define:
- The overarching interdisciplinary theme of your studies.
- The problems you seek to solve with your BMS degree.
- The specialized learning opportunities and resulting perceptions not currently available through other degree programs.
Once you have your plan, your advisor will work with you to determine your areas of concentration and appropriate coursework.
Students in the multidisciplinary studies degree program take a full complement of required courses in English, mathematics, literature, social science, science, the arts, history, economics and other core subjects that provide a broad general education foundation. Click here to see the core curriculum.
The multidisciplinary studies degree program requires a minimum of 120 credits, some of which may be transferred from previous university experience.
Concentrations & Electives
With the BMS program, 45 credits toward your degree will be earned through three concentrations, with 15 credits of coursework for each. The goal of the concentrations is to give you an interdisciplinary foundation that satisfies your pre-defined educational goals while maintaining academic rigor and integrity. Your advisor will assist you in selecting your concentrations.
The rest of your curriculum will be composed of 33 credits of electives, including 18 credits of upper-division (junior and senior) level studies.
In addition to completing organized courses, you will also be required to submit a final paper or project completed in an upper-level class during your final year of study to a BMS advisor.
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