University of Texas Online Consortium

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS)

sidebar image of woman using laptopThe Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree, offered by the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), gives students an opportunity to pursue a broad, interdisciplinary studies curriculum rather than having to follow a perspective specialized major. As an individualized program of study, the BMS emphasizes a wide-ranging learning experience and a more expanded perspective than that provided by traditional undergraduate majors. Students focus on an interdisciplinary theme, period, set of problems, specialization, or perception not currently available through established majors and minors.

The BMS degree encourages students to select courses from the entire University course inventory, tailoring their study to their own personal and professional interests and needs. The degree provides students with a fundamental knowledge of skills necessary to competently express themselves, think creatively, solve problems, and understand the nature and function of people and the environment.

The multidisciplinary degree plans and areas of concentration developed by students and their advisors are reviewed by a program review committee composed of academic faculty and a University College representative.

The BMS degree is also offered as part of the Finish@UT program, which offers courses from four participating University of Texas System institutions in flexible 7-, 8-, and 15-week sessions.

Degree Requirements

The BMS degree requires a minimum of 120 credits, including at least 45 credits at the advanced or upper-division (junior and senior) level. In addition to completing the 42 credit University Core Curriculum, each student defines, in consultation with a BMS advisor, three areas of concentration totaling 45 credits, including a minimum of 27 credits of upper-division work. Each area of concentration is composed of 15 credits, nine credits of which must be upper-division. The goal of the concentration is to give students an interdisciplinary foundation that satisfies individual educational and professional goals while maintaining academic rigor and integrity. Thirty-three credits of electives, 18 of which must be upper-division, bring the degree total to a minimum 120 credits.

Core Curriculum (42 credits):

  • Communication - 9 credits
  • Mathematics - 3 credits
  • Natural Science - 6-8 credits
  • Humanities - 3 credits
  • Visual and Performing Arts - 3 credits
  • United States History - 6 credits
  • Political Science - 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Science - 3 credits
  • Institutionally Designated Option - 3 credits

BMS concentrations (45 credits total):

  • Concentration I - 15 credits (9 upper-division)
  • Concentration II - 15 credits (9 upper-division)
  • Concentration II - 15 credits (9 upper-division)

Electives (33 credits, 18 upper-division)

Total Credits: 120

In addition to completing organized courses, we recommend that students complete a capstone experience that integrates the multidisciplinary coursework: a course with a service-learning component, a professional internship experience related to their concentration, or an independent research project. This involvement combines academic classroom-based activities with practical and/or research experience.

For additional information, please contact the BMS advisor listed below.


Link to a list of the courses available in the program. To see which courses are currently open for registration, link to the Course Schedule, select UT El Paso from the Host Campus menu and Finish@UT from the UTOC Program menu and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT El Paso

Julio D. Rogers

Program Advisor, College of Liberal Arts

(915) 747-5151

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can you do with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies?
    You have many options when you complete your Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies. Many students find they have new job opportunities or the opportunity for job promotions with their degree. Others enroll in graduate school. BMS graduates can start careers in business, government, education or not-for-profit organizations.
  • How many credits are required to complete the program?
    The Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree requires a minimum of 120 credits. (See the degree requirements above.)
  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by the UT El Paso for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees and campus tuition and fee information pages can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • Will I have to visit the campus at any time?
    Students will not be required to visit the campus at any time. The program is designed to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students.
  • How can I find more information?
    Contact the program advisor listed above if you have additional questions.

Getting Started

To participate in the BMS degree program, you must apply to and be accepted by UT El Paso.

Admissions Requirements

  • New, transfer, and returning students may declare their intention to work toward a BMS degree if they meet UTEP’s admission requirements.
  • All students admitted into the BMS program are required to consult regularly with a BMS advisor to select their concentrations and electives.

Once you have been admitted to UTEP as a new student or decide to return as a continuing student, contact the advisor listed above to set up an advising appointment to have your BMS degree plan prepared.

Please refer to the UT El Paso Academic Calendar for a schedule of admissions and registration deadlines.