find the online degree program that works for you

UW Flexible Option - A New, Smarter Way to Earn a UW Degree

A partnership between University of Wisconsin System campuses and UW-Extension, the new and innovative UW Flexible Option offers a more personalized, convenient, and affordable way for adults and other nontraditional students to earn a University of Wisconsin degree or certificate while balancing work, family, and other commitments.

The UW Flexible Option offers a new way to earn a college degree, different from both face-to-face classroom instruction and traditional online instruction. In a UW Flexible Option program, you will:

  • Earn credit for what you know. You may draw upon your existing knowledge to complete assessments and make progress toward your degree. It does not matter where you gained your knowledge—from prior courses, work experience, military training, or other learning experiences. If you know it and can show it, you can use it to earn credit.
  • Advance at your own pace. Progress toward your degree is based on assessments of key competencies determined by UW faculty, not seat time in a classroom. Take assessments whenever you are ready. Pass one and move on to the next.
  • Receive personalized support. A dedicated Academic Success Coach will work with you to create your learning plan and a timeline tailored to fit your goals and knowledge. Your coach will help you prepare for assessments and point you to the learning resources you need to succeed.
  • Start when you want, at the beginning of any month. Your progress is not limited by a traditional semester or term-based schedule, and you can take breaks in between subscription periods if and when you need to.
  • Learn skills employers value. By passing assessments of critical competencies, you will prove your mastery of the skills and knowledge that are important to employers.

Best of all, you graduate with a degree from a University of Wisconsin institution that is recognized and respected.

For more program information: