Distance Learning: Brigham Young University

Distance Learning: Brigham Young University

BYU Independent Study 

Our Paper courses (by mail) are our traditional, self-paced correspondence courses; students may receive and submit all material through the mail. Take this course anywhere; students who are traveling, in a remote location, or are institutionally bound are not limited by a need for Internet and computer access.

A course packet is mailed to you and contains everything needed to complete the course by mail, including the syllabus, course readings, non-graded self-check assignments, and computer-graded assignments with bubble sheets. Students can submit computer-graded (Speedback) assignments online or by mailing the completed bubble sheet. Students have the option of submitting instructor-graded assignments by e-mail, fax, or mail. Exams are administered by a certified proctor or testing center. Student support is available by phone, e-mail, and live chat. Students can also request free tutoring support.

This is best for students who:

  • Have no internet access
  • Prefer hard-copy assignments
  • Are not in a rush to complete the course
  • Do NOT have a counselor or parent that wants to closely follow their progress


Our Quality Customer Support can assist you with any questions, requests, or concerns you may have.
Office Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (MST)
Phone Hours: M-F from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Toll-Free: 1-800-914-8931
Local: 1-801-422-2868
Fax: (801) 422-0102
Email: [email protected]


BYU Independent Study
120 Morris Center
Provo, UT 84602-0300

What is the Application Process?

You may apply to and begin the BGS program at any time during the year. There are no application deadlines per se; however, if you want to attend classes at the Salt Lake Center, Evening Classes, or on campus during spring or summer terms, please note the formal admission deadlines as outlined in “Meeting Admission Deadlines for Attending Classes.”

The application and admission process does take some time. The process is as follows:

Submitting the Application

The application form can be printed from the BGS website. Do the following:

  1. Fill in all the requested information on the application.
  2. Send the application form along with the $35 nonrefundable BGS application fee to the BGS office.
  3. Submit any necessary letters of explanation as indicated on the application form.
  4. If your BYU records are under a former name, submit a photocopy of your driver’s license, marriage certificate, passport, or Social Security card showing your current name with your application. If you are unsure about the name on your BYU record, please call the BGS office prior to submitting your application.
  5. Prepare your portion of the ecclesiastical endorsement. The online ecclesiastical endorsement can be found at endorse.byu.edu. Click on “Student” to begin, and check the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) box, or we will not receive your endorsement. After completing your portion of the online ecclesiastical endorsement, you must be interviewed by your LDS bishop or branch president and by a member of your current stake or district presidency before these leaders can complete your endorsement online. Non-LDS applicants must be interviewed by an LDS bishop or the BYU Chaplain. Please contact BGS if help is needed in locating a bishop.
  6. Ensure that official transcripts of all prior university credits that have not already been posted to your BYU record are sent directly by your previous college/university (not by you) to:
    Bachelor of General Studies
    Brigham Young University
    315 Harman Continuing Education Building
    Provo, UT 84602–1515