Are you at least seven years beyond high school and looking to add to your college diploma or use your past university credits toward a degree?

UPEI’s Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) degree program is designed for mature and adult learners to enhance your career opportunities and help you reach your educational goals. You can enrol part-time or full-time in courses in our faculties of Arts, Business, or Science. 

Adult learners bring valuable life-long experiences to their workplaces and communities, and the Bachelor of Integrated Studies program recognizes these experiences to meet the unique needs of adult learners, offering learner supports, and broad choices of courses to meet employment requirements and personal interests.

"The BIS program provides an excellent opportunity for students who have work and life experience."

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Success Story
upei student raeann kinch in robertson library

Meet UPEI Bachelor of Integrated Studies student Raeanne Kinch, and learn more about how she's successfully balancing her busy home and work demands while earning her degree.

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Course Structure
Degree Requirements

Note: Current UPEI students should refer to Student Planning in myUPEI and the UPEI Academic Calendar governing their entry year, and speak to an academic advisor about course requirements. The course structure presented for this program is a recommended, unofficial progression for prospective students.

The Bachelor of Integrated Studies requirements include:

  • 24 semester-hours (8 courses) at the senior level:
    • six 3000–4000 level courses in any subject
    • one 3000 level course in the concentration
    • one 4000 level course in the concentration
  • A grade of 65% in at least 5 of the 8 courses completed at this senior level
  • Not more than 36 semester-hours (12 courses) at the preparatory (1000) level
  • 6 semester-hours in one of UPEI 1010, UPEI 1020, or UPEI 1030; and, a writing intensive course
  • Integrated Studies 1930 - Creating a Career and Learning Portfolio
  • IKE 1040 - Indigenous Teachings of Turtle Island

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Learners considering the BIS degree program may choose to demonstrate how their learning from sources other than formal study (employment, professional, volunteer and community involvement) equates to academic skills and competencies. Students in the program can learn to create a career and learning portfolio during their coursework (University/BIS 1930) and upon full completion of the portfolio may receive up to 12 credit hours (four courses at the 1000 level) to use toward the BIS degree.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for more information.

Admissions Criteria
Who can apply to the Bachelor of Integrated Studies program?

The Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree program is designed to be an accessible program for mature and adult learners. High school graduation is not absolutely required; however, each applicant must meet criteria for admission through the Registrar’s Office, including:

  • be out of secondary school for at least seven (7) years 
  • have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status

Applicants submit official records/transcripts of any post-secondary education and high school records may be requested from applicants whose latest formal education was at that level. Each applicant is assessed for any possible transfer credit by the Registrar’s Office after admission is granted.

Fees and Funding
Tuition and Scholarships for the BIS program

Tuition (Faculties of Arts, Business, and Science) 

$6,828 per year, based on 30 credit hours ($682.80 per 3 credit course). 

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student, visit our Tuition and Fees page

Scotiabank Scholarship Series 

The Scotiabank Scholarship Series grants $1,000 annually to five students entering the Bachelor of Integrated Studies Program (BIS) at UPEI.  

Read more about the Scotiabank Scholarship Series 

UPEI Scholarships and Awards 

There are two specific awards for mature students:

And millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students in all faculties and programs.   

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.   

Celebrating Student Achievement 

Including Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships and Academic Excellence Awards, these awards recognize the academic achievements of all students who meet the eligibility criteria while studying towards their first undergraduate degree. 

Visit the Scholarships site for complete information