Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Study online icon

Study 100% online

Calendar icon

Choose from 6 start dates

Choose concentration icon

Transfer up to 90 credits from a combination of 2 year and 4 year institutions

Gain one-on-one access to faculty

Open the door to a world of new possibilities.

You’ve been so dedicated to your career that you haven’t had an opportunity to focus on advancing your education. Maybe you’ve taken some college courses, changed majors or transferred schools — but all you have to show for it is a collection of credits. To continue growing in your career, you want to earn your diploma.

Rider’s online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program can help you get there. We offer free transcript evaluation and have a flexible transfer credit policy, which may allow you to transfer up to 90 credits from a combination of 2-year and 4-year institutions toward your degree completion. And our 100% online format will allow you to complete your classwork on your time, so you don’t have to choose between your work responsibilities and attending classes.

Rider University is recognized as a 2020-2021 College of Distinction.

Rider University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Why choose Rider for your online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies?

Earn the degree that can help you get ahead. This program can build on your core competencies while exposing you to new areas of thinking and expanding your skill set. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or gain additional educational credentials, Rider can help you achieve your goals.

Learn on your schedule

Our online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program offers you the flexibility to expand your knowledge base and earn your degree around your life. With six start dates, you can join the program in the fall, spring or summer, and work at your own pace on a part-time basis. With Rider, you can tailor your degree to fit with your commitments.

If you’re looking for on-campus or hybrid learning options, please see the on-campus BA in Liberal Studies website for courses offered at our Lawrenceville, NJ location.

“Rider’s online courses allowed me to complete my BA in Liberal Studies from anywhere, at any time and provided the flexibility I needed. I was able to conduct an independent research project under the leadership of Dr. Pearlie Mae Peters. Her guidance, patience and understanding allowed me to research and focus on a renowned national civil rights organization that I would later go on to lead as the local president. The professors empowered me to strive for such positions, understand the importance of advocacy and follow my dreams.”

— Kieanna Childs Alexander, BA Liberal Studies ’07

Diverse career opportunities

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies can open the door to a wide range of jobs that would be more difficult to obtain without a college degree. According to a survey conducted by the National Association for Colleges and Employers, employers rate critical thinking/problem solving — skills the BA in Liberal Studies program works to enhance — as the most essential competency of new hires.

Your degree can qualify you for the following roles and salaries*:

Event Planner


Project Manager


Public Relations / Communications Specialist


Care Coordinator


Recruiting Assistant


Retail Store Manager


*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Value of Your Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

When you graduate with your Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Rider University, you gain the opportunity to advance further in your career. College graduates ages 25-32 who are working full time earn about $17,500 more annually than employed young adults holding only a high school diploma, according to a Pew Research Center study.

Do more than prove your knowledge — prove your value. Earning your BA in Liberal Studies degree can help give you a competitive advantage to qualify for a variety of roles and open doors to new opportunities.

Online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Curriculum

The online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies consists of 120 credit hours (with up to 90 credits being transferable from a combination of two- and four-year institutions). The diverse curriculum allows you to broaden your horizons by spreading the course requirements among five learning areas, and  you can choose between a concentration in Social Science or Applied Social Science. You can even explore new interests by taking up to 30 credits outside of liberal arts.

Explore our curriculum page.

Admission Requirements

Our online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a great opportunity if you’re looking to enhance your career options. That’s why we do our best to make it as accessible as possible to anyone who desires to pursue it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A completed application with a non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended*
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

*If you are a degree-seeking candidate with fewer than 30 college credits, you should also submit an official high school transcript or copy of your GED certificate

Pick a start time that works for you.

Your program has to fit around your schedule. So in addition to making our coursework 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you earn your BA in Liberal Studies degree from Rider University, you can expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.