Regents Bachelor of Arts Program (RBA)
The Regents Bachelor of Arts Program is tailored to help returning students finish their college degrees. Regents students are eligible to receive college credit for work experience, professional certifications, and military training.
You are eligible for the Regents program if you graduated high school at least four years ago, do not hold a baccalaureate degree, and meet Concord’s general admission requirements. You may not be simultaneously enrolled in the Regents Degree program and another degree program. For more information please review the Academic Catalog.
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What sets the RBA Program apart?
Flexibility: There are no specific classes that students have to pass. Through your completed coursework, you may have already fulfilled the Regents general education requirements.
Credit for professional experience: Credit may be awarded for certifications in a variety of professions including nursing, medical technology, insurance, criminal justice, computer information, accounting, and secretarial work.
- College credit awards for professional licenses, certifications, and credentials.
- Instructions for requesting college equivalency credit.
RBA opportunities for veterans and military personnel: A core feature of the RBA program is recognizing military training with college credit. Concord follows the American Council on Education's credit recommendations for veterans. Concord has gone an important step forward by partnering with Mountwest Community and Technical College to provide veterans a seamless transition from Mountwest's Associate Degree programs to the Concord RBA to masters programs in a variety of career fields. More details on this innovative opportunity.
Scholarships: Special Regents scholarships are available.
Regents Areas of Emphasis: Regents students may earn an Area of Emphasis in their chosen field. Click the Regents Area of Emphasis button on this page for more information.
Forgiveness: While Regents students must have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to graduate, failing grades received more than four years ago are not counted in calculating Regents students’ GPAs.
Residency exemption: Regents students need to complete only 24 credit hours in West Virginia’s public higher education system. The residency requirement that 36 credit hours be completed at Concord does not apply to Regents students.
RBA Areas of Emphasis
RBA students may pursue an Area of Emphasis in any field of study represented by Concord University’s degree programs. Students must complete a program of at least 15 hours of upper department courses (300 level or above) approved by faculty in that subject area. Students must earn an A, B, or C in each course and at least 9 of the credit hours must be from Concord University.
The Department of Business and the Department of Education and Human Performance have established specific curricula for their Regents Areas of Emphasis. Business students may receive a Regents Area of Emphasis in General Business; Education students may pursue a Regents Area of Emphasis in Early Childhood Development. The Early Childhood Regents Bachelors of Arts program is designed specifically for West Virginia child care professionals to fulfill the requirement for permanent community authorization.
Area's of Emphasis Course Requirements:
- RBA Area of Emphasis in General Business
- RBA Area of Emphasis in Early Childhood Development
- RBA Area of Emphasis in Organizational Leadership
|Total credit hours||120|
|Upper department credit hours (in courses numbered 300 or above)||39|
|General education credit hours*||36|
|Hours earned from state supported colleges, universities, or community colleges in West Virginia – 12 of these hours must be completed at Concord University||24|
*The 36 general education hours must include the following:
- Communication: 6 hours
- Humanities: 6 hours
- Natural Sciences: 6 hours
- Social Sciences: 6 hours
- Math / Computer applications: 3 hours
Regents Bachelor of Arts Applications
- RBA Program Application (PDF)
- RBA with emphasis in Early Childhood Development (Online Form)
RBA Graduate School Preparation & Career Opportunities
- Business Administration
- Football Coach
- Social Worker
- Corrections Officer
- Computer Network Manager
- State Park Superintendent
- U.S. Army Ranger
- Paramedic Director
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