Prospective Students

Welcome to CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA), CUNY’s most interesting and flexible degree route.

Why should you apply to this individualized degree?

DEVELOP areas of concentration (individualized majors)
Students pursue one or two Areas of Concentration (AOC), and can use courses from across campuses and disciplines.

Here are just a few examples of what you can do:

  • INSTEAD of a general Psychology degree, specialize in Political Psychology, Neuropsychology, Sports Psychology or the Psychology of Cyberspace.
  • CARE about the environment? Design your major in Sustainability, International Environmental Policy, or Environmental Journalism.
  • PASSIONATE about Social Change? Make that your college degree!
  • GO beyond the standard Business major – study Health Care Business Administration, Micro-Finance, Social Entrepreneurship, Behavioral Economics, or Asian Business Models.
  • TRANSCEND a basic Math, Science, or Computer curriculum – design your degree in Astrophysics, Bioethics, Digital Game Design, Food Science, Forensic Computing, or Science History.

There are almost no limits to what you can create.


■ JOIN academically superior students
Challenge yourself and collaborate with the best of the best. CUNY BA students are highly motivated; the average GPA of our entering students is 3.35.

BENEFIT from a comprehensive transfer policy
We accept most credits students have previously taken (up to 90, including military, IB and AP credits) and we apply them to our degree requirements. Students know their remaining degree requirements on their first day in CUNY BA! Enrolled students can apply for life experience credits.

START from a CUNY community college
Students enrolled in a CUNY community college can apply to CUNY BA and start working on their B.A. or B.S. degrees immediately. We accept up to 68 community college credits.

BECOME a student at one of CUNY’s eleven senior colleges or seven community colleges.
Enjoy all the benefits of that home college and CUNY BA!

ENJOY academic flexibility
This is student-centered learning. Select the courses that interest you most. Take advantage of independent study, internships, honors courses, study abroad, graduate-level courses and credit-by-exam. Go to school part- or full-time; day, night, weekend or online.

GET individualized attention
Each student works with a full-time CUNY faculty member and a designated academic advisor. We offer workshops on applying to graduate school, applying for major fellowships, studying abroad, and others based on student interest.

APPLY for scholarships and financial aid
You’ll apply for financial aid and scholarships at your home college. You’ll also be able to apply for our own generous scholarships (we’ve helped fund – in full or in part – over 900 students since 1994). Plus, we maintain extensive resources to help you find external funding.

SAVE money
Not only is CUNY the most affordable university in New York, with so many flexible options for earning credit through CUNY BA, our degree is the most cost-effective.

CUNY BA gives you what you the experience you could get in a small, private college here at America’s largest, internationally-known, public research university.

■ FINISH your B.A. or B.S. degree in New York City
Our students have access to CUNY courses in all five NYC boroughs, in addition to amazing internship opportunities. NYC is the capital of the world and the city that never sleeps – take advantage of it all.

GRADUATE with a degree that’s significant to you, your life and your goals.
Get the degree that will work for you: 80% of our alumni report they are working in positions related to their self-designed areas of concentration! And 99% say they enjoyed this program and would recommend it to others.


You can apply to both CUNY BA and to CUNY Colleges at the same time (2 different applications)

If you are not already matriculated in a CUNY College, apply now by going to