Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree Program

Turn Life Experience into Course Credit | Military training, work experience and personal study can be recognized in the classroom.


The Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) Degree Program is a flexible nontraditional academic program designed for adults in the belief that they are distinctly different in their educational needs and pursuits.  The program can be tailored to fit those who need a degree for career advancement, those who have an associate degree in a field for which there is no corresponding baccalaureate degree available, or those who seek intellectual development and personal fulfillment.  The degree has particular appeal for persons who completed some college work in past years but did not obtain a degree.


  • 120 - Total Semester Hours
    • 39 - Upper Division Hours (3000-4000 level)
    • 36 - General Education Hours with minimums in specific areas of: 
      • Communications (6)
      • Humanities (6)
      • Natural Sciences (6)
      • Social Sciences (6)
      • Math or Computer Applications (3)
      • Other General Education (9)
    • 45 - Free Elective Hours

There is no major required.  The program can be tailored to meet individual needs.  A GPA of 2.00 or a C average is required.  For residency purposes, at least 24 credit hours must be completed in the WV State System of Higher Education and at least 12 of those credit hours must be completed at Fairmont State.


Applicants are eligible for admission to the RBA program four years after graduation from high school. There is no fee for admission; however, a separate admissions application is required and available below.  If an applicant has previous college credit, grades of F received four or more years before admission to the RBA program are disregarded from the student's GPA calculation.

Portfolio Preparation

A unique feature of the RBA program is the possibility of obtaining college-equivalent credit for prior learning that has taken place outside of a college, provided that the knowledge or skills obtained are generally equivalent to a college course. For specific directions on how to assemble a portfolio and related fees, see the FSU Portfolio Development Guidelines. Students intending to develop a portfolio must complete RBAS 3350 (Portfolio Development).

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