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Nontraditional Degree Programs

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Nontraditional Degree Programs
Nontraditional Degree Programs

Nontraditional Degree Programs (NDPs) include two regionally accredited undergraduate degree programs for adult students at Northeastern Illinois University:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS) is a credit-based, alternative, self-paced program compatible with career and family responsibilities. Approximately 900 returning adult students are enrolled in BAIS.
  • University Without Walls Program (UWW) is a competency-based degree program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. UWW students design and complete approved experiential curricula as an alternative to traditional courses. 

Both programs offer:

  • Generous transfer credit policies
  • Flexibility and choices
  • Holistic advising
  • Academic rigor
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Options to prove experiential learning

How to Become a Major

Attend a Prospective Student Meeting. See below for meeting schedules, or call (773) 442-6030 to discuss your interests, needs and program requirements. 

For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer students and students who are veterans transition to our campus.

BAIS Meetings for Summer II 2015 Admission

April 27, 2015, 6:00-7:30pm, SU 214

BAIS Meetings for Fall 2015 Admission

May 14, 2015, 6:00-7:30pm, SU 214

May 26, 2015, 2:00-3:30pm, TBD

June 11, 2015, 6:00-7:30pm, SU 214

June 24, 2015, 2:00-3:30pm, TBD

July 13, 2015, 6:00-7:30pm, SU 214

August 5, 2015, 10:00-11:30am

University Without Walls (UWW)

There are no Prospective Student Meetings for University Without Walls (UWW) during the summer. Check back in August 2015.


Our advising staff is available to discuss transcripts, transfer credits, course selection, career options or any questions and concerns you may have. Once you are accepted to an NDP program, you will meet with one of the following advisors:

Shelley Bannister, University Without Walls

Jennifer Blair, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Jacqueline Butler, Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


Scholarships especially for BAIS and UWW students:

  • NDP Merit Tuition Scholarship
  • Brommel Mendelson Hennington Scholarship

Explore other scholarships available for Northeastern students as well.


NDP is housed in the B Building, Suite 147.

Nontraditional Degree Programs

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