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Bachelor of University Studies

The Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) is a part-time Bachelor of Arts degree-completion program created for the adult student who has previous college experience and seeks to complete a baccalaureate degree. It allows part-time students to design, with the assistance of a faculty advisor, a program of study that is flexible to accommodate individual educational and professional interests and that can include courses offered by the various colleges of the University and, with approval, by other regionally accredited institutions.

The Bachelor of University Studies format allows students to maximize the use of their previously completed college credits, as well as credits earned through CLEP and DANTES testing and for life experience through the LINCS program. Adults in the Bachelor of University Studies program take classes at their own pace and can select from day, evening, online, or Saturday courses offered year round on the University of Hartford's safe, suburban 350 acre campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.


General Education Coursework: 43 Credits

  • 6 credits - English Composition
  • 6 credits - Literacy requirement which includes either: 3 credits in computer science and 3 credits in communications, or 6 credits in the same foreign language.
  • 3 credits - College-level mathematics
  • 15 credits - Humanities (includes English, literature, communications, philosophy, history, art history, drama, cinema, rhetoric, religion, music theory, modern languages)
  • 9 credits - Social Sciences (includes politics, economics, psychology or sociology)
  • 4 credits - Laboratory Science

Concentration Coursework: 46-48 Credits

NOTE: these courses must carry a grade of C or better

  • 15 credits - 100 level or above coursework
  • 18 credits - 200 level or above coursework
  • 13-15 credits - 300 level or above coursework

Elective Coursework: 29-31 Credits

Click on the concentration titles to see sample B.U.S. plans

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

Applicants to the B.U.S. program must submit the following:

Since the admission decision will be based on prior college work, the submission of SAT scores is not required. High school transcripts are used for federal financial aid requirements only.

Degree Requirements

Deadlines and Dates

Admission for the B.U.S. program is done on a rolling basis throughout the year; students can be admitted to begin in the fall, spring or summer sessions or for the December Saturday session. It is recommended that all application materials be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the term in which the student is seeking admission.

Financial Aid

Student financial assistance is administered through the Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance and is limited to federal financial aid and supplemental loan programs. Students must meet all eligibility requirements as established by the U.S. Department of Education. The academic year includes summer, fall, and spring. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must:

For more information on financial aid, call 800.947.4303 or email or visit the financial aid website.

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