1. What is the BLS degree program?

A: It is a degree completion program designed for adults who have delayed, or been delayed, in completing their Bachelor’s degree. Anyone who has earned college credits at one or more post-secondary institutions, and desires to complete a liberal arts and sciences degree, or to earn a second undergraduate degree in a different subject, is encouraged to apply to our program.

  1. How do I know that I want the BLS program rather than the BA or BS degree programs?

A: The BLS program has a unique set of admissions criteria, and slightly different general education requirements than the BA/BS students. It is designed to be more flexible in accepting transfer credits, does not require a foreign language, and does not require the experiential learning component. We allow students to bring in transfer credits for CLEP tests after matriculation, we offer credits for work/life portfolio projects, we accept military (ACE) credits, and credit-by-exam.

As a BLS students you can pursue any major offered by the university, as well as our own Leadership and Management major. This major was specially designed for our program, and offers evening courses in an 8 week format. Students also have the option to work with our Program Director to create a special interdisciplinary major that will better meet their career goals. UMW also has a diverse selection of minors to compliment any major, new this fall 2016 are the Contemplative Studies, Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Information Security minors. Very exciting!

New Major Coming Spring 2017!!

  1. Can I switch to the BLS program?

A: BA or BS students, who would have qualified for the BLS program at the time of admittance, and who have earned less than 30 credit hours at UMW, may request to transfer into the BLS program by reapplying to Admissions. Contact your academic advisor, or Sarah Lindberg in Admissions if you are interested in changing programs.

  1. How many transfer credits may be accepted toward the BLS degree?

A: Up to 90 credits can be accepted.

    5. What is the maximum number of military credits accepted?

A: 30 ACE credits

  1. How are credits awarded for other experiential learning?

A: Students who wish to document college-level learning through life/work experiences may submit a portfolio for evaluation. Prior to submission of the portfolio, the student must complete the one-credit, pass/fail class BLST 101 Portfolio.

  1. How many credits are awarded for a portfolio submitted?

A: The usual range is 0 to 15 credits. In exceptional cases, with BLS Committee review and approval, 16- 30 credits may be awarded.

  1. After admission into the BLS degree program, is it possible to take a course at another post-secondary institution and receive additional transfer credit toward the BLS degree?

A: Yes; up to 90 transfer credits will be be applied toward your degree, if you have not reached that limit when you are accepted, you can continue to transfer credits into UMW. However, you must complete the proper form in order to have those credits applied to your record. Visit the Registrar’s webpage to download the “Permit to Study at Another Institution” form.

  1. What is the residency requirement for the BLS degree?

A: A minimum of 30 resident credits at University of Mary Washington is required. Students must have at least half their major credits satisfied by UMW courses, or 15 resident (UMW) credits in the Leadership and Management major, traditional major, or approved special major.

  1. When is the earliest that I may register for each academic session?

A: After your first term here, advance registration appointment dates and times are determined by credits earned toward the degree, and are posted on the Registrar’s website during March and October. Only currently enrolled BLS students, and students on approved leave of absence, are eligible for advance registration. If you miss advanced registration, available courses may be limited.

***Veterans receive priority advance registration, but you have to self-report. See Academic Services for more information.***

  1. Is the BLS degree program approved for veterans benefits?

A: Yes; The BLS degree program is fully approved for veterans benefits.

Prospective BLS students who have questions about veterans benefits prior to admission to UMW should contact the Veterans Inquiry Unit at 1-888-442-4551, a toll-free number, or consult the V.A. website.

Students admitted to the BLS degree program should address inquiries and requests for veterans benefits to Patricia Sarkuti, Transfer Credit Coordinator, Office of the Registrar, phone: 654-1063, e-mail: for the various required V. A. forms.