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Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies, B.MDS.

Aug. 16, 2023

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The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree, offered through the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, gives you the flexibility to tailor a degree suited to your unique career needs. Instead of studying in one area, you will combine three minors to design your own degree. Your focus is up to you. Select minors from those offered by all the colleges at WVU and then blend them together into a course of study that will help you meet your goals. The program stresses breadth of knowledge and cross-disciplinary communication. The degree is unique to you and will allow you to develop the skills you need for the career you desire.

Online MDS students are required to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

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The online undergraduate Bachelors of Multidisciplinary Studies program, which is offered through Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, does not limit students to a course of study in one particular area. Students have the ability to tailor this degree to meet their individual career needs by choosing three minors instead of one major. By selecting three minors that work well together, students will obtain a breadth of knowledge from each subject area that can be used to market their unique skills. WVU has also partnered with several Community and Technical Colleges to make it easier to transfer in credits and finish the bachelor’s degree online. Upon graduation, students can attend graduate and professional school, pursue employment with government or corporate America, or even build their own business ventures. The B.MDS. degree requires 120 credit hours for completion, while offering students flexibility in both delivery and learning.

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Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies, B.MDS. Admission Requirements


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

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


  • Incoming freshmen are admitted directly into the major.
  • Transfers from another major at WVU must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Transfers from another institution must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Admission Requirements 2023-2024

The Admission Requirements above will be the same for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.
Major Code: 1496

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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

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.

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies, B.MDS. total degree cost: $53,400 – Residents and Non-Residents

Credits Cost
1 $445
3 $1,335
6 $2,670
9 $4,005

Courses and Curriculum

General Education Foundations

Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 101 & ENGL 102 or ENGL 103
Composition & Rhetoric
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research, Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B Science & Technology 4-6
F3 Math & Quantitative Reasoning 3-4
F4 Society & Connections 3
F5 Human Inquiry & the Past 3
F6 The Arts & Creativity 3
F7 Global Studies & Diversity 3
F8 Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree) 9

Total hours: 31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (B.D.M.S) must complete the WVU General Education Foundations requirements, programmatic requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours.

  • Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course. Students in the MDS program must complete MDS 489 with a grade of C- or better during their final year.
  • Writing and Communication Skills Requirement: Multidisciplinary Studies students fulfill the requirement by completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 (or ENGL 103), and two additional SpeakWrite Certified CoursesTM : MDS 199 and MDS 489.
  • Course Requirements: Minor courses may not be used to satisfy the General Education Foundations requirements. Each minor must consist of at least fifteen unique credits. Students must complete at least sixty credit hours of coursework at the 200 level or above. At the latest, the required MDS orientation course, MDS 199, must be completed the semester before taking MDS 489.
  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major: Students must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, with grade of C- or better in all courses counted toward the Multidisciplinary Studies Major Requirements.
  • Benchmark Expectations: For details, go to the Multidisciplinary Studies Degree Progress tab.

Curriculum Requirements

Requirement Credit Hours
University Requirements 70
Multidisciplinary Studies Major Requirements 50

Total hours: 120

University Requirements

Requirement Credit Hours
General Education Foundations (GEF) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 31-37
Outstanding GEF Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 36
MDS 191. First-Year Seminar 1
General Electives 33

Total hours: 70

Multidisciplinary Studies Major Requirements

Requirement Credit Hours
Program Requirements, MDS 199. Orientation to MDS 2
Minor One 15
Minor Two 15
Minor Three 15
Capstone Experience, MDS 489. Capstone 3

Total hours: 50

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The future for graduates with a Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies

Multidisciplinary studies involve the study of multiple academic disciplines to gain a comprehensive understanding of a subject. Graduates in multidisciplinary studies possess a broad range of skills and knowledge that can make them highly competitive in the job market.

The future for graduates in multidisciplinary studies is promising, as employers are increasingly seeking candidates who possess a diverse range of skills and knowledge.

Career outlook for B.MDS. graduates

Multidisciplinary graduates can find employment in a wide variety of fields, including education, healthcare, government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.

In particular, graduates with multidisciplinary backgrounds may find opportunities in emerging fields that require an interdisciplinary approach, such as sustainable development, data science, and social innovation. With the rise of technology and automation, multidisciplinary graduates who possess both technical and soft skills will be highly valued in the job market.

What can you do with an B.MDS. degree?

There are many career paths that can benefit from a person with a multidisciplinary degree, as they possess a broad range of skills and knowledge across multiple fields. Here are some examples of jobs that can use a person with a multidisciplinary degree: project manager, UX designer, sustainability specialist, data analyst, and technical writer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect to gain from earning my bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies?


  • Broad-based knowledge of three discrete areas of study
  • Understanding of synergistic advantage of multidisciplinary curriculum


  • Ability to think critically in each of three disciplines
  • Ability to partition and interpret information or events using the most appropriate discipline’s toolset
  • Ability to write a professional resume, conduct a job interview, and apply to graduate school
  • Ability to research and write a research paper


  • Positive attitude towards civic action, nonprofit organizations, and community engagement

Integrative Learning

  • Ability to explain Multidisciplinary Studies and its advantages to others
  • Ability to apply academic knowledge to contemporary political, social, scientific, and humanitarian questions

Why should I pursue this degree from WVU?

The Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMDS) comprises a core of courses and three related minors. The program does not limit students to courses of study in a particular college or school, but rather stresses the importance of breadth of knowledge and cross-disciplinary communication. The BMDS degree emphasizes flexibility and problem solving. Students will learn to use specialized knowledge from individual disciplines to analyze problems from divergent perspectives.

Is it true that I can also earn a Certificate of Global Engagement?

Students in the Eberly College, regardless of their major, can earn a Certificate of Global Engagement. Completion of the Certificate demonstrates the student’s knowledge of diverse cultures, as well as the ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds. Students will be required to apply their knowledge of contemporary issues and global social contexts to their coursework and their broader citizenship. For details regarding Certificate requirements, please visit the Eberly College page.

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