The Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) Program, created by the West Virginia State Board
of Regents in 1975, is offered at West Virginia University through the
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Since its inception, WVU's RBA Program
has granted over 4,000 degrees to worthy recipients. We expect this number to grow
significantly as many adult learners are returning to college to trigger their
intellectual curiosity, boost their market value, or for personal fulfillment.
The mission of the RBA program is to provide adult learners with an opportunity to
achieve their academic and career goals and objectives through a first time bachelor’s
degree. This is accomplished by providing quality education, services and resources
to promote student learning and academic success.
A Flexible Individualized Degree
The RBA program assumes that adults have different needs and goals relative to traditional
undergraduates. Therefore, our degree requirements are designed to meet the specific
needs of adult learners. The RBA degree is designed to provide adult learners with
either a Liberal Arts or a more comprehensive education when combined with our
Areas of Emphases and minors. Furthermore, there is considerable flexibility in
how, when, and where degree requirements are achieved. Specifically, students may
earn credits through on-campus and online courses (at WVU or transfer), credit
by exam, standardized awards, and/or writing portfolios to petition for eligible
courses based on work experience, or a combination of each.
To learn more about specific degree requirements and the areas of emphases offered,
please follow the link below.
RBA Major Requirements
Areas of Emphasis
If you have any questions, check out our
Frequently Asked Questions page, attend one of our
info sessions or webinars, or speak to an advisor by phone at 304-293-5441
or by e-mail at
Benefits of an RBA degree
There are tremendous benefits for pursing the RBA degree. Some of those benefits
- Convenience: many of our students would like to continue working and/or maintaining
their family and social commitments. Thus, they would be able to develop a suitable
Academic Success Plan with their assigned advisor that best fits their individual
- Cost: Many of our students have accumulated a vast number of years of work experience
in various fields.Therefore, they are eligible to petition for College Equivalent
Credits (CECs). Additionally, our students often have earned numerous professional
certificates and/or licenses as part of their professional development, which
may equate to CECs. The aforementioned avenues are much cheaper relative to taking
- Career advancement: The RBA degree provides recipients with opportunities to further
their careers by pursuing a Liberal Arts or more specialized focus if they choose
to incorporate our Areas of Emphases and/or minors.
The RBA degree is a perfect fit for...
- Working adults since it allows them to balance work, family and other social
commitments while remaining committed to pursuing a collegiate career.
- Adults that have already earned an Associates degree and/or professional certificates
and licenses that equates to college credits.
- Service men and women (veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, etc.) who
may have earned college credits based on their service training.
- Adults who may have started their academic careers but never completed, or are
looking to begin college, in order to advance or change careers.
- Adults with plans to continue on to obtain a graduate degree (see
Pathways to Master's).