General Degree Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements

All persons applying for admission are required to submit an Application and an application fee. Candidates for admission must meet the following admission requirements.

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; a US equivalent degree from a nationally or internationally accredited college or university; a Bachelors in Talmudic Law (or a First Rabbinic degree) from an institution accredited by AARTS (Association of Advanced Rabbinical And Talmudic Schools) or AIJS (Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies); an equivalent degree awarded by a rabbinic school in Israel or elsewhere that meets the evaluation criteria of a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services; a Bachelors Degree in Talmudic Law or Rabbinics from a non U.S. educational institution (ie. Israel, Canada, or England) that meets specific criteria. Call YIEP Inc. to discuss your specific situation .
  2. Have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or better from the most recent 60 credits of course work earned toward the bachelor’s degree.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for prior graduate work.
  4. Full acceptance will be granted automatically when all admissions required are met and all official transcripts have been received .

Admission is considered when all requirements have been met, official transcripts received, and documents verified. The Director for Graduate Enrollment reviews all completed applications. In special circumstances, the Academic Dean may recommend a conditional admission to a student who has not yet been able to complete or fully satisfy all requirements.

Graduate Degree Requirements

  1. Meet all admission requirements
  2. Complete all curriculum requirements
  3. Pass all program graduate courses with a grade of “C” or better
  4. Attain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  5. Be current in all fees

Benefits of Special YIEP Inc. Program

  • Acceptance of a secular degree or Rabbinic Bachelors Degree
  • Up to 6 credit hours for prior education and lifework experience (usually not accepted toward a Masters degree)  accepted in specific degrees
  • Hybrid Program of on-site and online classes, depending on degree
  • Special program for the Jewish community
  • Assistance from YIEP Inc. staff members with application process, documentation, counseling, etc.

Bachelor’s Degree Admission Requirements

  • All applicants for undergraduate admission to Bellevue University are required to submit an Application for Admission.
  • Submit official documentation of high school completion.
  • An applicant transferring from another institution of higher education also must satisfy the following requirements: Submission of an official transcript from each accredited institution previously attended. The transcript must be mailed directly from the previous institution to the YIEP.

Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

  • General Education Core
  • Kirkpatrick Signature Series
  • Major Requirements
  • Electives

Total Requirement of 127 semester credit hours. All credit hours are stated in semester hours for BA and BS Degrees.

  • Provide certification of high school completion or the equivalent;
  • Complete a minimum of 127 credit hours (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts) and have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher in courses taken at Bellevue University.
  • Complete the General Education Core, including the Kirkpatrick Signature Series;
  • Complete the requirements for a major in at least one academic area and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in the major area courses.
  • Complete at least 30 hours of upper-level credit; and meet residence requirements of 30 hours at Bellevue University.

If you’re transferring to Bellevue University, and you already have your Associate degree – the credits earned in your Associate degree will fulfill the General Education Core Curriculum requirements of your traditional bachelor degree program or accelerated bachelor’s degree completion.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete all requirements of the first bachelor’s degree;
  • Students who hold a baccalaureate degree may enter a second baccalaureate degree program at Bellevue University and will have no General Education Core Curriculum or Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirements to meet.
  • Complete all GPA, major, and other academic and procedural requirements in effect at the time of enrollment in a second bachelor’s degree.

Resource Guide

Bellevue University Resource Guide

Integrative General Education Curriculum

36-37 semester credit hours total, however up to 21 credit hours can be fulfilled with YIEP transfer credits

Foundational Courses (15-16 credit hours required)

  • Success in Higher Education (1 credit hour)*
    • *This introduction to college courses is required for students with 0-15 previous hours of college credit. It is highly recommended that you take it in your first semester of enrollment at Bellevue University.
  • Mathematics (3 credit hours)
    • MA 101 or MA 135, OR a more advanced skill-level mathematics course (excludes MA 100 and MA 140 – Business Math)
Can be fulfilled with CLEP, etc. *Further information on CLEP and DSST 
  • Oral Communication (3 credit hours)
    • CA 107
  • Written Communication (6 credit hours)
    • EN 101 Composition I, or EN 102 Composition II
    • OR, any approved Writing in the Disciplines course (3 hrs)
  • Technology (3 credit hours)
    • Interdisciplinary Computing: Any 100- or 200-level Interdisciplinary Computing course
    • Including: BA 222 Intermediate Computer Concepts and Applications
    • OR, DSC 101 Introduction to Data Science
    • OR, Computer Science: Any 100- or 200-level CIS, CS, CSD, BSIT, CYBR, or WEB course. Other courses may qualify. Recommended courses include the following: CIS 103, CIS 111, CIS 115, CIS 121, CIS 122, CIS 133, CIS 202, CIS 203, CIS 204, CIS 212, CIS 245, BSIT 200, BSIT 220, CYBR 250,
    • OR, Integrated Technologies and the Internet of Things: CIS 160, CIS 162, CIS 164

Integrated Courses (12 credit hours required)

  • Human Behavior (HB) (3 credit hours)
    Can be fulfilled with YIEP transfer credits ie., Jewish Ethics:
    • Anthropology (any course)
    • Economics (any course)
    • Political Science (any course)
    • Psychology (any course ) EDUC 241 Principles of Educational Psychology/Human Growth and Development and EDUC 242 Principles of Educational Psychology/Human Growth and Development Practicum
    • Sociology (any course )
    • Liberal Arts (only LA 125 The Pursuit of Happiness)
  • Human Civilization (HC) (3 credit hours)
    Can be fulfilled with YIEP transfer credits i.e., Jewish history, Jewish holidays and Jewish customs:
    • Culture (any course)
    • History (any course)
    • Human Geography (any courses)
    • International Studies (any course)
    • Women's Studies (any course)
  • Human Thought and Expression (HE) (3 credit hours)
    Can be fulfilled with YIEP transfer credits i.e., Hebrew language and Yiddish language:
    • American Sign Language (any course)
    • Art (any course)
    • Art History (any course)
    • Communication (any CA course CA 202 or higher)
    • Dramatic Arts (any course)
    • English (any course EN 186 or higher, excludes EN 101, EN 102, EN 111, EN 112)
    • Foreign Languages (any course)
    • Graphic Design (GD 116, GD 210, or GD 211 only)
    • Humanities (any course)
    • Literature (any course)
            Can be fulfilled with YIEP transfer credits ie. Bible, Talmud or Jewish philosophy:
    • Music (any course)
    • Philosophy (any course)
    • Religion (any course)
  • Science (NS) (3 credit hours)
    Can be fulfilled with CLEP, etc.: – *Further information on CLEP and DSST 
    • Biology (any course Except: BI 316, 317, 318, 319)
    • Chemistry (any course)
    • Geology (any course)
    • Geography (courses in Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, or Meteorology)
    • Natural Science (any course)
    • Physics (any course)
    • Public Health Education (PHE 360)
Elective Credit
Electives can be fulfilled with YIEP transfer credit *

Elective courses allow students to earn additional credit hours required by their major or degree. Courses selected as electives also should apply toward your area of interest or your future career plans. Elective courses also can satisfy upper level requirements for graduation. Speak with your academic advisor for the exact number of elective courses you need to take.

* The substitution of transfer courses and the use of credit is made as designated by the office of the appropriate college dean. There is a designated CLEP/DSST examination or in-house examination available for each of the General Education Core requirements, except for the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. There are no substitution or transfer courses for the Kirkpatrick Signature Series.

Kirkpatrick Signature Series (Civic Leadership Courses - 9 credit hours)

In addition to satisfying the Integrative General Education Courses, all students must complete the Kirkpatrick Signature Series.
This series is taught by an Orthodox Jewish Instructor

At Bellevue University, we believe in a complete education for our students. While our programs offer a career-relevant value for our students as employees, our Kirkpatrick Signature Series allows them to grow as citizens.

The 9-credit-hour series of 3 courses, which is required of every bachelor’s degree student at Bellevue University, provides you with a rich and engaging perspective.

Many Americans have a passing knowledge of our history and culture. Through this learning platform, we hope to encourage an awareness and appreciation for the visions and values of our society.

The Kirkpatrick Signature Series is the intellectual linchpin of the General Education component of Bellevue University’s institutional mission. The series focuses on the institutions and traditions of Western Civilization that have achieved unprecedented success in the United States, and it finds ground for intellectual, social and cultural progress in the productive tensions between tradition and change, and freedom and responsibility.

The series also highlights the importance of active citizenship in a rapidly changing world; one in which popular government, Western tradition, and American values are sometimes severely tested. With an emphasis on active intellectual discussion and experiential learning; this series affirms the values of limited government, popular rule, entrepreneurial processes, and reflective inquiry.

The Kirkpatrick Signature Series fits an information-age philosophy and reflects a dynamic approach to the complex realities of life in the 21st Century.

  • LA 400 American Vision and Values

    This course focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the American republic, especially as embedded in the ideals, values, traditions, founding documents, and institutions of the United States , and considers how these traditions relate to individual citizenship and global society. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours

  • LA 410 Tradition and Change

    This course focuses on the creative tensions that exist between the forces of tradition and change as the country undergoes social, cultural, and political change. It considers the manner in which change can renew the vitality of a republic. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours

  • LA 420 Freedom and Responsibility

    This course examines civic engagement in relation to individual freedoms and responsibilities. It fosters engaged citizens, empowered to effect positive change. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours

There are no substitutions or transfer courses for the Kirkpatrick Signature Series.