Regents Bachelor of Arts R.B.A.
The Regents Bachelor of Arts, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, is a popular option for adult learners who want to return to school. The RBA undergraduate program is designed for working adults who want to complete their college degree. The program is accessible, responsive and purpose-built with the nontraditional learner in mind. It offers an opportunity to gain credits for work and life experiences, and allows students to tailor their academic careers to meet their individual needs. WVU offers adult learners, those who have been out of high school at least four years, the flexibility of completing this degree online.
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 students through the process.
Areas of Emphasis
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.
West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Students can apply throughout the year, but the recommended deadlines are:
- Fall Term - mid July
- Spring Term - mid November
- Summer Term - mid April
Applicant must have:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Apply with the online Undergraduate Application
- Pay undergraduate application fee
- Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU), or high school transcripts if fewer than 20 college credits and send to:
WVU Office of Admissions
PO Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
|Tuition and Fees
for academic year 2018-2019
Per Credit Hour
Per Credit Hour
Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
The program is 120 credit hours and students can be admitted in the fall, spring or summer term.
The RBA requires students to take a minimum of 39 hours of upper division coursework. Upper division courses are those offered at the junior and senior levels and are usually numbered as 300- or 400-level courses. Upper division courses may be taken in any eligible subject area or a combination of Areas of Emphasis based on the students' interest.
The RBA Program requires students to take a minimum of 27 hours of GEC work. The GEC requirements are:
- Six hours of communication skills. English 101 and 102. May substitute a university approved writing class or a speech preparation class;
- Six hours of humanities credit in areas such as literature, foreign languages, history, humanities, philosophy, religious studies and approved courses in art, music, and theater;
- Six hours of social science credit in areas such as anthropology, communication studies, economics, geography, political science, psychology, social science, and sociology;
- Six hours of natural or physical science credits in areas such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and physical science;
- Three hours of approved mathematics, statistics, or computer science credit.