Credit Hour Requirements for the RBA Degree

The Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree Program (RBA) is a nontraditional program designed for the adult student. This is a flexible degree which has no major or minor. Students receive assistance in tailoring a program based on individual goals and needs.

General Education

The Regents Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of general education course work. The general education requirements include courses in humanities, communications, mathematics/computer applications, natural sciences and social sciences. See below for a more detailed list of these types of classes.

Upper Division Hours

The RBA program also requires 39 hours of upper level courses. However, you can select which courses work with your schedule and your interests. Upper level courses are those courses typically offered in the junior and senior years. Students have the flexibility to select courses that best meet their interests and that best fit their schedule.

Major/Area of Emphasis

Students are not required to declare a major and may take courses in any subject area or a combination of areas they wish. Marshall University has Areas of Emphasis, which students may choose if they prefer to target their studies, but choosing an Area of Emphasis is not required. An Area of Emphasis requires the completion of a minimum of 15 hours of upper division, graded coursework in an institutionally sanctioned program of study.


Students must complete a residency requirement of 24 hours of coursework taken at one or more institutions within West Virginia’s public higher education system, 3 of which must be at Marshall University in order to graduate from Marshall University.

Total Hours

RBA students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of credit to be eligible for graduation.

Grade Point Average

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 (on a 4-point scale) to be eligible for graduation.

TABLE I : Summary of Requirements

120 total credits required for graduation (effective Fall 2011)
 36 required General Education Core Courses (see Table II below)
 39 upper division (300-400 level courses) (out of the 120 credits) (effective Fall 2011)
 24 Residency: credits taken at one or more higher education public institutions in West Virginia and a minimum of 3 hours at Marshall University.

General Education Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Semester Hours
To see a list of qualifying courses for general education, check our Gen Ed Requirements Document.

This list may be updated at any time. Check with the RBA Office for verification.

Courses not on this list will be reviewed individually for acceptance