Interdisciplinary Studies FAQs

1. What does the interdisciplinary studies bachelor's degree completion program entail?

The online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program focuses on developing these essential skills while enabling students to customize their degree track based on their current or desired job. The program is intended for working adults who already have professional know-how and experience but need a bachelor’s degree to advance their careers. As a degree completion program, the program requires that incoming students have at least 30 credit hours of prior college coursework or equivalent military or professional training.

2. Is the program entirely online?

Yes. Norwich has built a leading-edge online learning environment that promotes networking, peer support, and one-on-one interactions with faculty and student support staff. Classrooms are virtual, accessible from anywhere where you have an Internet connection -- whether you’re at home, at work in an office or in the field, or at military base or theater of operations -- and filled with extensive online learning resources.

3. What are the admission requirements for the program?

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • An associate degree or a minimum of 30 credits
  • Official copies of all college and/or military transcripts
  • Documentation of accredited non-college learning (CLEP, etc.)
  • Basic proficiency in basic math and writing skills demonstrated through prior college (the equivalence of EN 101 and MA 102) or training credit in these areas (through SOC), or CLEP tests.

More admissions information is available on our interdisciplinary studies program admissions page.

4. How many credits will I take, and can I transfer additional credits to apply toward my degree?

To complete your interdisciplinary studies degree, you must earn 120 credits. As an admissions requirement, 30 of those credits must be earned prior to enrolling in the program through military training, CLEP, or college courses completed at another institution. You may transfer up to 60 additional semester-credit equivalents from other accredited institutions of higher education for courses that meet specific program requirements.

5. How much does the program cost?

The per-credit cost for the criminal justice program is $375. For active military, the per-credit cost is $250 and the federal government’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program covers the per-credit cost of the program. For detailed information about program costs, visit the tuition information page.

6. What financing options are available?

Contact our admissions office at 1-866-684-7237 or at to learn about opportunities for financing options. We will be happy to speak with you about your financial planning needs.

7. I would like to use my VA benefits. What is the process, and whom do I contact for more information?

The program is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs. As such, all GI Bill® and other military payment options will be available to students applying for admission to the program. For consolidated information about specific programs, visit our Veterans Benefits page.

For additional information, explore the following links:
Department of Veterans Affairs post-9/11 GI Bill
GI Bill benefit comparison information and charts
Department of Veterans Affairs – Educational Benefits
Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB)
Tuition assistance “top-up”
Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Veterans Benefits forms

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

8. How long is each trimester, and how long will it take me to finish the program?

Each trimester is 16 weeks long and made up of two eight-week sections. There is a one-week break between trimesters. There is no break between sections within the trimester. Full-time students (meaning they must take at least 12 credits per term) may complete the program in less than two years. Part-time enrollment will take longer. This estimate does not factor in planned or unplanned leaves from the program, which may occur from time to time.

9. How many hours a week must I commit to my studies?

You should plan to spend approximately 15 to 20 hours each week on readings, discussion postings, and written assignments. This will vary depending on the number of courses and the types of courses you’re taking. Students new to the program will spend more time as they get used to online learning and delivery.

10. When can I begin the program?

The first courses of the program begin with our January 2016 term. There are three starts per year: January, May, and September. Additional flexibility around start dates may be possible. Speak to your admission advisor for more details.

11. How large will my class be?

Approximately 15 to 25 students will be in your class. You will break into groups of six or fewer so that discussions and projects are productive and manageable.

12. How do I plan my curriculum and program schedule?

Once accepted into the program, you will work with one of our student services advisors to outline your degree plan, which will determine the courses you need to graduate.

13. What credentials will my instructor have?

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies recruits from a national market and cultivates a very selective faculty well versed in teaching in online environments. Faculty members in the interdisciplinary studies bachelor's program are required to hold a minimum of a master’s degree in their specific academic disciplines and have significant experience in teaching and relating those disciplines to the human condition. All complete specialized online teaching training and are held to the college’s high standards with regard to quick turnaround on communications and grading of assignments.

14. What Norwich University resources will be available to me?

You will have access to vast online resources through Kreitzberg Library, including our dedicated distance learning librarian. You will also receive academic support from your instructor, administrative support from program staff, and technical support for the online learning platform.

15. Is Norwich University accredited?

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Inquiries regarding our accreditation status should be directed to: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road Bedford, MA 01730-1433, phone: +1-781-271-0022, email:

16. Will there be a graduation ceremony when I complete the program?

Graduating students are welcome to attend the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies residency in June, where they can participate in a commencement ceremony with other graduating students at the College, and an academic recognition ceremony with their program peers. Due to the nature of our students’ commitments, participating in residency events at Norwich University is optional, not required. Once students have fulfilled their degree requirements, Norwich University will confer the degrees and send them to students not participating in the commencement on campus. Degree conferrals take place in June, September, and December.