BIS Program Details

Returning to Kent State University? Welcome back!

If you are a former Kent State University student, and you have not attended another college or university since you were enrolled, returning to complete your degree can be a smooth transition back. 

Simply fill out the application for undergraduate reenrollment, and then you’ll need to contact the BIS team of advisors to review your credits, determine a new roadmap including financial aid, and schedule your program. To schedule your appointment with an advisor in the BIS program email

To apply for the BIS program, visit:

Yes! I want to apply for the BIS as a returning student.

New to Kent State University?

We welcome new students to Kent State University and to the BIS program. Your application will be treated as a transfer, which will make the transition much smoother. As a part of the process, you’ll need to contact the BIS team of advisors to review your credits, determine a roadmap including financial aid, complete the application, and schedule your program. To schedule your appointment with an advisor in the BIS program email

To apply for the BIS program as a transfer student visit:

Yes! I'd like to apply to the BIS program as a transfer student.


Served in the military? Let’s get your degree squared away! Did you know that Kent State University is recognized by the GI Jobs List of Military Schools as one of the most military friendly universities in embracing US military and service members? Whether you are a returning student to Kent State University, or new to this university, the application process is pretty easy.

As an added benefit, you potentially have the opportunity to use the GI Bill to pay for your education, in addition to a number of wrap-around services designed just for you.

To learn more about applying for the BIS program, please schedule an appointment with one of our special BIS program advisors who will support you during the process. To schedule your appointment with an advisor in the BIS program email

To learn more about the services offered through the KSU office of Adult and Veteran Services visit:

Adult and Veteran Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get a Bachelor of Integrative Studies?

Education is more than just receiving a degree, it’s a way of thinking and addressing life that gives you a unique perspective on the world and gives you a leg up in pursuing career choices.

  • A BIS helps you adapt to an increasingly complex work environment—current and future careers require critical thinking as well as a broad knowledge base across many disciplines and topics
  • You’ll learn to collaborate more effectively and gain a deeper understanding of global perspectives
  • You create your own path towards self-discovery and success. No two programs are the same—you’ll choose your classes according to your interests and career goals
Will companies accept this degree?

Yes, companies big and small understand the value of having a college degree and respect the Bachelor of Integrative Studies. By completing this degree, you are demonstrating your understanding of a broad range of disciplines, and your creativity in developing your skill set—important attributes in the 21st century workplace.

What types of financial aid will be available to me?

Typically, students are eligible for a combination of scholarships, grants, and loans. You will need to fill out the FAFSA form to be eligible for any of these options. Depending on if you are returning to Kent State University, or transferring from another university, there are special options available to you. If you are a transfer student, your application fee will be waived. For additional information please visit

Do I have to fill out a FAFSA form?

Filling out the FAFSA form is an important first step in determining what type of financial support you can receive from the university and externally. The FAFSA is a form that determines your eligibility for federal grants, work-study programs, and loans.

How do I apply?

The first step in applying for the Bachelors of Integrative Studies is to make an appointment with one of the designated advisors to this program. They will go over the details of exactly what you need to apply for this degree, including transferring earned credits, determining financial aid and more. To reach out to an advisor, email

How often are classes offered?

Classes begin several times per year; fall semester, spring semester, and summer I, II, and III. Based on your application process, acceptance, and class choices, you can start whenever it’s convenient to you.

Can I take classes in any college at Kent State?

Yes, you can take classes from any college or discipline at Kent State University, including at our conveniently located regional campuses. You can choose from a wide range of classes, and you can participate virtually or attend in person, or both. Working together with your professional advisor, you’ll create a schedule that meets your needs. It’s your decision!

How do I transfer my credits from my previous university?

KSU will accept all undergraduate college level courses from regionally accredited institutions. Courses taken in Ohio prior to fall 2005 must have been passed with a "C" or better, or a "D" or better from fall 2005 forward. Courses taken outside of Ohio must have been passed with a "C" or better if taken prior to fall 2010 or a "D" or better if taken fall 2010 forward. This includes web-based courses. You can check the Transfer Credit Guide to see how your courses transfer to KSU, and the Ohio Board of Regents website for statewide equivalencies (TAGS). You can learn more about transferring college credits by visiting:

Will it take me a long time to earn my BIS degree?

Each roadmap to graduation is unique and depends on numerous factors: the number of credit hours you already have earned, number of classes taken each semester or over the summer, etc. You’ll work together with your professional advisor to determine your best roadmap and timeline to graduation.

Will I ever have to come onto campus?

There may be many reasons you’ll want to come onto campus—either Kent campus or one of the conveniently located regional campuses. For example, you might want to take a class in person, or meet with your advisor in person, or even attend an event. Generally speaking, though, you will not be obligated to come onto Kent campus, or any of the regional campuses.

When can I start?

When you begin is up to you, so get started by applying now! Contact us to make an appointment with an advisor and start on your path towards graduation. To make an appointment simply email

BIS Alumni

21 years ago, James Reinart left Kent State University to pursue his interest in sales. He was 10 credit hours away from graduation. Although he had a successful career in sales, becoming general manager of a large auto sales organization, he decided to return to school and earn his Bachelors in Integrative Studies.

“I knew I wanted to be in the health care field, but not quite sure where, or what I wanted to do,” says Paige Ursetti, a recent BIS graduate. “After studying for a semester in Florence, Italy, I took some time off and decided to change my major from pre-med to nursing. I thought a lot about being in the right program for my success, and the right time to enter the workforce, since it was during the COVID outbreak.”

As an entrepreneur and artist, Christopher Hicks was interested in numerous disciplines at Kent State University and wanted to have a learning experience that was unique to him. The Bachelors in Integrative Studies was a perfect match: he was able to choose two minors; Sociology and Africana Studies, which aligned nicely with his other interests.