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Have you gone as far as you can in your career without a bachelor’s degree? The RBA program is an innovative bachelor’s degree that is both flexible and cost effective for adult learners already juggling family, work and other obligations.

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What is Regents Bachelor of Arts at WVU like?


The Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) program offers an innovative bachelor’s degree for adult learners. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive general education that is flexible and meets the needs of non-traditional students. This program of high academic quality is pursued by adult learners to complete their baccalaureate education to improve their economic situation through promotion or career transition, or simply for personal satisfaction.

Students are matched with an adviser who works with them throughout the process of earning their degree. With the aid of their adviser, students can design a plan of study that fits their academic/career and personal needs. Courses can be completed online or on campus, and at a pace that works with the student’s other life obligations.

The RBA program has many unique aspects that make it both cost effective and efficient to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program offers the opportunity to receive credit for prior learning (CFPL) through portfolio submission or standardized awards. CFPL provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired through work experience toward college credit. The program also has an F-Forgiveness policy that removes F grades from GPA calculation that are received four years prior to entering the RBA program. This policy is designed to allow students who struggled academically in the past to have a second chance at earning a degree.

Students have the option of focusing their plan of study to fulfill the requirements of various Areas of Emphasis (AoE) or any minor offered through the university.

Regents Bachelor of Arts program highlights:

At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Advertising
  • American History
  • Business Administration
  • Child Development
  • Chinese Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Energy Land Management
  • Foreign Literature in Translation
  • French
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • International Studies: Africa and Middle East
  • International Studies: Asia
  • International Studies: Development Studies
  • International Studies: Europe
  • International Studies: The Americas
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Native American Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Professional Writing
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Teaching English as Second Language
  • Women's Studies

Fast Facts

What makes Regents Bachelor of Arts at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

The RBA Program has partnerships with an ever-growing list of graduate programs at WVU. Students who enter the RBA Graduate Pathways program for a specific graduate school at WVU are advised as to what classes are required and are aided in the graduate application process upon baccalaureate completion. The RBA program has negotiated guaranteed slots for our students in the respective graduate programs upon graduation if all requirements for admission are met.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Many RBA students pursue their degree to improve their current economic status. Students may have advanced professionally as far as they can in their field without a bachelor’s degree. The RBA Program provides them a flexible and efficient opportunity to advance further. Other students are looking to change their field of work entirely. The RBA Program provides to adult learners, who have yet to complete their bachelor’s degree, the opportunity to be promoted within their current field or completely transform their career prospects by earning a degree.

Some students continue their education by pursuing graduate degrees after earning their RBA, gaining automatic acceptance into graduate programs after completing their Pathways requirements.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Regents Bachelor of Arts major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Regents Bachelor of Arts at WVU?

EDP 102:
Orientation to the Regents Bachelor of Arts

An introduction to the Regents Bachelor of Arts Program (RBA), including the degree structure, benefits of the program, academic success plans, standardized awards, portfolio petitions, Areas of Emphasis, and RBA graduate pathways.

Cost and Aid

How much does Regents Bachelor of Arts at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2020-21 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $401
Per Semester $4,812
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,624
Per Credit $1,093
Per Semester $13,116
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,232
Per Credit $1,093
Per Semester $13,416
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,832
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Regents Bachelor of Arts at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Regents Bachelor of Arts major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2021-22 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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