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The Regents Bachelor of Arts is the one degree that allows students to earn college credit for work, life, or military experience. The RBA, offered by University College, is probably the most popular option for adult learners who want to return to school. In addition to classes in Morgantown, WVU offers adult learners--those how have been out of high school at least four years--the flexibility of online classes.

RBA students must complete 120 credit hours. What’s unique about the degree is the student’s ability to package together previously earned credits, online classes, and a portfolio of real world experience to create a unique degree. A portfolio is written justification and documentation of the student’s request to earn college equivalency credit. WVU offers an online class in RBA portfolio development to guide the student through the process.

Students need to take 39 credit hours of upper division course work and these can be completed online. The RBA degree can prepare students for graduate school but it’s important to plan this in advance because master degree programs have specific admission requirements.

RBA students can choose an Area of Emphasis (AOE) to specialize in a field of study. The following AOEs are offered online:

RBA students also have the option of choosing from one of WVU’s online minors to tailor their degree.

Application Deadlines

Students can apply throughout the year but the recommended deadlines are:

  • Fall Term - mid July
  • Spring Term - mid November
  • Summer Term - mid April


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Special Notes

International students will not be eligible for an I-20 student visa form from West Virginia University for this program.

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