What make the BID Unique?

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BID) degree is an online & on campus degree completion program granted by Emporia State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This accredited alternative to conventional degree programs provides students a quality multi-disciplinary program of study that fulfills traditional university requirements and is designed to meet the student's specific goal for a college degree. Working closely with an academic advisor, each student develops his/her program of study from four proficiency areas: communication, information literacy, problem solving/decision making, and community leadership. Students may choose to study either full or part-time.

How does the BID compare to a BS or BA degree?

The BIS is a regular four year baccalaureate degree that has identical structure to any BS or BA in terms of total hours (124) needed, upper division (senior college) course requirements and General Education requirements. Additionally, all courses we offer for the BID online degree are available to students in any of the other institutional degrees.

What is the program of study?

Instead of having a major, you have a program of study. It is an individualized plan for the courses you choose to fulfill your educational/employment goals.

Who is eligible for admission?

Students who have earned approximately 60 semester credit hours from a two- or four-year accredited institution, predominately in liberal arts/general education. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Please note that it is possible to be admitted into the program, while concurrently working on meeting the general education requirements.

Do I need to come to the ESU campus?

NO. The distance learning format will create virtual "online classrooms" which enable you to complete your degree without leaving your home community.

What steps do I take to apply to ESU and the BID program?

  • Send in application forms and fees. Visit BID Admissions for details.

  • Have each post-secondary institution you have attended send official transcripts to ESU.

  • Contact an ESU BID Advisor.

What are the BID degree requirements?

What are the General Education Requirements?

Students must meet specific general education requirements (48 hours) in basic skills, cultural literacy, science, and graduation requirements.

What if I lack some General Education Requirements?

Emporia State University has agreements with many two-year colleges which offer general education courses online. Please contact BID Advisor

Does this program give credit for life experience?

No, not directly. However, the design and 3-6 credits awarded for the capstone course, a tangible project or research paper, often work or community related, will directly reflect the student's previously acquired skills, experience, and formal education.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The typical student takes one, two, or three courses per semester. How long it takes to complete the program, depends on how many courses you have prior to beginning the program, and how rapidly you can take courses.

How competitive is tuition?

Course costs are very competitive. Emporia State University tuition and fees are at a lower cost than similar programs across the United States. For current tuition and fee costs, click here.

What determines success in an online course?

  • Responsibility

  • Commitment and discipline to keep up with the flow of the process

  • Motivation to learn independently

  • Access to and ability to use appropriate equipment

What is the class portal?

ESU uses Canvas as its portal for online classes. You can access Canvas directly through BuzzIn

Am I required to take ESU Competency Exams?

YES. All students earning a baccalaureate degree from ESU are required to pass these exams in the junior or senior year. These exams can be administered at an educational center near you.

What student services are available?


How do I buy my books?

Books are purchased from ESU'S Memorial Union Bookstore (a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble) by mail, phone, or online and shipped directly to students. For more details, please visit Distance Education's textbook page.

What if I have more questions? Who can I contact? 

Yes - Contact the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies:

  • By email: DIS@emporia.edu
  • By telephone: (620) 341-5583 - Adam Koci or Dr. Ellen Hansen