Invest in an online degree you can trust, from a nationally known, respected university.
With more than 30 online degrees and certificates and 700-plus online courses to choose from, UWM Online makes it easy and convenient to reach your goals and accelerate your career.
View UWM Online Degree Programs and Course Offerings
Online Majors, Degree Programs, and Certificates
Biomedical Sciences, Diagnostic Imaging Flex Option
Community Engagement and Education
Information Science & Technology Flex Option
Nursing (Registered Nurse-BSN Completion Program) Flex Option
Business and Technical Communication Flex Option
Child Care Administration
Digital Arts and Culture
Enterprise Resource Planning
Health Care Informatics
Study of Complementary Alternative Medicine
- Adult and Continuing Education Leadership
- Educational Administration & Supervision
- Higher Education Administration
Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Focus
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) Education
Health Care Informatics
Library and Information Sciences
Archives and Records Administration
Assistive Technology and Accessible Design
Children's Mental Health for School Professionals
Enterprise Resource Planning
Library Media Specialist
Multicultural Knowledge of Mental Health Practices
Professional Writing and Communication
State and Local Taxation
Support Services for Online Students in Higher Education
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
The first 60 credits: online GER courses
UWM’s College of Letters and Science offers a completely online freshman and sophomore undergraduate curriculum that provides the necessary foundation courses to complete the university’s General Education Requirements. These courses are offered in a fully online format and can lead to the completion of a degree in conjunction with one of UWM’s online majors.
View sample listing of online GER courses
100 Black Reality: Survey of African-American Society
102 Survey of African-American Literature
101 Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture
103 History of Architecture
105 Asian Art and Architecture
241 Introduction to Baroque Art
250 Introduction to American Art
261 Modern Art
170 Classical Mythology
171 Classical Mythology: An Audio-Visual Supplement
201 Introduction to Greek Life and Literature
304 The Graeco-Roman World
Comparative Literature (Comp Lit)
133 Contemporary Imagination in Literature and the Arts
135 Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century
207 World Literature in Translation: Antiquity through the 1600s
111 Entertainment Arts: Film, TV, and the Internet
150 Multicultural America
209 Language in the United States
215 Introduction to English studies
276 Introduction to American Indian Literature
279 Introduction to Latino/a Literature
281 Introduction to African-American Literature
290 Introduction to Film Studies
295 Women and Film
372 Survey of American Indian Literature
115 Seminar in Advanced Topics in Scandinavian Culture
132 World History Since 1500
150 Multicultural America
202 The Ancient World: The Roman Republic and Empire
235 English History to 1688
243 History of Women in American Society
267 The History of Latinos in the United States
101 Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film
247 Topics in Jewish Literature, Art, Culture
Journalism and Mass Communication
113 Internet Culture
214 Advertising in American Society
260 Contemporary Non-Fiction Media
361 Media Ethics
200 Aspects of Language
111 Informal Logic, Critical Reasoning
235 Philosophical Aspects of Feminism
243 Moral Problems
201 Introduction to Women's Studies: A Humanities Perspective
103 Survey of Astronomy
109 Thunderstorms, Tornadoes and Hurricanes
103 Topics in Modern Biology
120 Our Physical Environment
125 Introduction to Environmental Geography
105 Earth, Air, Fire and Water
106 The Earth Environment
150 Introduction to Ocean Sciences
215 Elementary Statistical Analysis
254 Physiological Psychology
102 Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society
104 Lifeways in Different Cultures: Survey of World Societies
250 Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
101 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
105 Business and Professional Communication
350 Intercultural Communication
103 Principles of Microeconomics
104 Principles of Macroeconomics
110 The World: Peoples and Regions
114 Geography of Race in the United States
350 Conservation of Natural Resources
101 Introduction to Global Studies I: People and Politics
151 American History 1607-1877
152 American History 1877 to the Present
Journalism and Mass Communication
101 Introduction to Mass Media
212 Language and Gender
104 Introduction to American Government and Politics
105 State Politics
106 Politics of the World's Nations
175 Introduction to International Relations
213 Urban Government and Politics
215 Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics
243 Public Administration
255 Great Issues of Politics
101 Introduction to Psychology
260 Child Psychology
101 Introduction to Sociology
103 World Society
104 Introduction to Social Psychology
150 Multicultural America
233 Social Inequality in the United States
250 Sex and Gender
323 Perspectives on Latino Communities
250 Exploring the Urban Environment
360 Perspectives on the Urban Scene Women's Studies
200 Introduction to Women's Studies: A Social Science Perspective
Noncredit continuing education
Looking to enhance your knowledge, develop new skills, and increase your marketability? Consider a noncredit online course or certificate.
UWM’s School of Continuing Education is the largest provider of noncredit continuing education in Southeastern Wisconsin. The school offers numerous professional certificates, including 10 that can be accomplished online, as well as dozens of online courses in topics ranging from early childhood education to military traumatic stress to social media. Language offerings include French, Italian and Spanish instruction.
Noncredit continuing education certificates
- Digital Marketing
- Introductory Nonprofit
- Project Management
- Social Media Manager
- Social Media Specialist
- Solution-Focused Business Professional
- Spanish Language
- Train the Trainer
- Transit Hub Management
- Trauma Counseling
- Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators
- Youth Work
No matter where you live, you can take advantage of UWM’s fully online programs for an educational experience that delivers both quality and convenience.
As Wisconsin’s premier urban research university, UWM offers more than 180 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, including more than 30 degrees and certificates that can be earned entirely online.
UWM is also a nationally known leader in online education: We were ranked best online college in Wisconsin by TheBestSchools.org, and our U-Pace online instructional approach has won four national awards.
Our award-winning faculty — the same professors you’ll find leading our classrooms and labs on campus — undergo additional curricular and technology training to make their online instruction as effective as possible. UWM also offers numerous resources designed to ensure your success.
It’s no wonder that UWM educates more online students than any other university in the state.
Support services: the keys to your success
No matter how far you are from campus, you won’t be alone. We offer outstanding support for online learners, from the day you apply (or even before) until the day you graduate. We’ll do everything we can to help you succeed. As an online student at UWM, you’ll have access to:
Online courses: a history of excellence
Our highly rated online programs are designed to facilitate interaction between students and instructors, and the university offers a wealth of resources to support online learners, including a call-in help center, online tutoring and electronic library resources.
Blended courses: the best of both worlds
For students near Milwaukee, the university's blended degrees and certificates offer hybrid courses that combine face-to-face connections with the convenience of online learning.
UWM’s location, just blocks from beautiful Lake Michigan and minutes from downtown Milwaukee, provides plenty of opportunities to enhance your learning and resume through internships and clinical experiences. A recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Blended Learning grant, UWM is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in blended learning.
UW Flexible Option/Flex Degree
Designed to make UW degrees and certificates more accessible, convenient and affordable for adults and nontraditional students, the UW Flexible Option includes self-paced, competency-based degree and certificate programs that allow you to make progress by demonstrating what you know, whether that knowledge was gained through prior coursework, military training, on-the-job training, or other learning experiences. UWM’s flexible options include:
- Bachelor’s degree for registered nurses who need additional college to qualify for higher professional credentials
- Master’s degree in nursing
- Bachelor’s degree in biomedical science, diagnostic imaging degree completion program
- Bachelor’s degree in information science and technology
- Certificate in business and technical communication
Is online for you?
Learn success tips for online courses and get answers to common questions
Online courses and programs are taught entirely over the Internet, allowing you the freedom to learn when and where you choose. You’ll work closely with the instructor and the students in your class, just as you would in a traditional classroom, but you’ll do so by participating via online discussions or forums and collaborating through online group work. You will not be entirely on your own, but you will need to learn good organizational and time-management skills to be successful as an online student.
Fully online courses are designed for students who:
- are interested in active and participatory learning, in an online format.
- are busy with work or family and want to replace travel and on-campus time with online study.
- value the freedom of “anytime, any place” learning.
Can I take some courses online and still come to campus for others?
Of course! Some students prefer only online classes while others choose the combination of both online and in-person courses. Either will provide a quality, student-centered experience. Most students looking to save time and or who prefer a more flexible learning and study environment prefer online classes and programs.
I’ve heard the term “blended” or “hybrid” classes. What does that mean?
“Blended” or “hybrid” are what we call courses that combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning. A significant portion of the class’s activities takes place online, and time spent on instruction that traditionally occurs in the classroom is reduced, but not eliminated. This allows you much more flexible scheduling, while maintaining the face-to-face contact with the instructor and classmates that is typical of a more traditional course. The division of online and classroom instruction for each blended course will vary depending on the course content and the instructor’s preference.
Your instructor will provide details regarding what class work will be required in class and what work will be required when online. Online course materials and learning activities vary from class to class but may include online discussions, small group work, games, simulations, self-testing exercises, audio- or video-lectures, and tutorials. Blended courses are designed for students who:
- are interested in active and participatory learning, both in the classroom and online.
- are busy with work or family and want to replace some travel and on-campus time with online study.
- wish to retain the value of in-person contact with the instructor and other students, instead of undertaking a solely distance education experience.
What are the benefits of online and blended learning?
Students at UWM overwhelmingly report positive experiences, citing the following reasons:
- Students have greater flexibility, freedom and convenience by working part or all of the time online from home due to decreased commuting and parking hassles.
- Students often develop or enhance skills in time management, critical thinking and problem solving.
- Students have more time to reflect and refer to relevant course and other research materials when working and writing online than when responding in class.
- Students typically have 24/7 access to online course materials.
- Students usually receive more feedback, and more frequent feedback, from their instructors.
- Students who may feel shy in a large classroom often enjoy the online environment and may feel more comfortable asking questions.
Students in blended courses also describe these benefits:
- Students are likely to interact more with the instructor and fellow students since there are numerous opportunities to do so both in class and online.
- Students can participate more in class discussions when they can choose the environment — online or face-to-face — in which they feel more comfortable.
What are some tips for success?
Most online and blended courses use discussion forums to engage and sustain a community of active learners outside of the classroom. Here are some tips to keep in mind when contributing to discussion forums.
- Check the discussion on a regular basis. You should plan to log in to your course website several times a week, not just once or twice.
- We recommend you schedule your time in advance each week to log in and do course work for at least two to three hours. This will help keep you from falling behind.
- Make sure that you read and reread your assignment — print it out for safety's sake — to ensure that you have completed all aspects of the assignment. It's very easy to overlook something in an online assignment.
- If you’re posting to a discussion forum, read any earlier postings first to find out if you are on track and to find out what others have said. It’s not cheating to learn from others’ insights!
- If you’re responding to someone else’s posting, make sure that you hit the “Reply” button so that the response will be linked by discussion thread to the original posting. Also make sure that the “Subject” header of your posting is the same as the actual content of your response. If it isn’t, the discussion may have wandered off topic or your response may be inappropriate.
- It’s typically a good idea to address the person you’re responding to by name, just as if you were speaking to them face-to-face. It’s also a good idea to sign your posting. This will make your online discussion more personal, and remind you to be polite!
- It’s OK to disagree with someone, as long as you give good reasons for doing so. Remember that people are perfectly entitled to debate both sides of a course idea or topic, and that reasoned argument is an important part of a university education. Your response should never, ever attack someone personally. You can disagree with someone, and they with you, while still remaining respectful.
- Use care when interacting online since you don’t have the ability to gauge a person’s reaction or feelings as you do in a face-to-face conversation. In particular, humor should always be used very carefully and where needed, labeled as such.
- When you post, it’s always safer to write your posting first using a word processing program, and save it as a separate file on your computer. That way you can never lose your work if you are posting directly to the course website and your connection fails for some reason.
- When you post online, you should always use relatively short paragraphs, each one two or three sentences only. This will make your writing much easier to read.
- No SHOUTING! Capitalize words only to highlight a point or for titles.
Citations and formats
- Identify your sources if you use quotes, references or resources. Your work must always be distinctively your own writing, unless you have indicated otherwise.
- Most online discussion forums now have the ability to allow you to post while retaining formatting such as bullets, italics, bold text, etc. The more professional your work appears, the more highly it will be regarded (and graded).
Are online and blended courses for you?
If you answer yes to all of these questions, then the online/blended style of learning is a real possibility for you. If you answer no to any of the questions, online/blended courses may work for you, but you may need to make a few adjustments in your schedule and study habits to succeed. Your instructor or advisor may be able to suggest means to improve your ability to succeed in online and blended learning.
Most students who take online or blended courses report that they enjoy the format more than a traditional face-to-face course that emphasizes lectures and testing. Almost all students who take online and blended courses appreciate the convenience and flexibility to adapt to individual work and family schedules. We’ve identified four questions that you should ask yourself before you enroll in an online or blended course. Be honest with yourself and answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions to find out if blended courses are really for you.
Do I expess myself well in writing and have good reading skills?
Reading and writing are more important than in a traditional face-to-face course.
- You must be able to read others' writing — both your instructor's and your fellow students' — and understand what they mean.
- You also have to be able to write clearly and concisely, with few grammatical or spelling errors.
- You must be able to follow written directions to complete an assignment, and be willing to ask questions when you don’t understand what to do.
In other words, if you are not a good writer, or if you don’t read well, you may not be a good candidate as a student in an online or blended course.
What type of computer and technical skills do I need to be successful in an online class?
UWM offers some technical support. Some faculty provide a brief online overview to help you get comfortable working online and to help you see what to expect. Some students with very little computer or technical skills have reported that the adjustment is easier than expected.
- You should own a relatively recent computer, or be willing to use a computer workstation in the university computer laboratories or in the public library.
- You should have a fast (broadband) connection, either through a cable modem, a DSL, or a "hardwired" campus or public library computer.
- You should know enough about computers to be able to upload and download files to your course website, search and browse the Web, use email, and interact on a discussion forum or bulletin board.
- You should be able to type well and be able to use basic programs such as a word processor. Some courses will require you to know how to use other computer programs such as Excel, PowerPoint, or Photoshop, so you should check out the course syllabus as early as possible to find out whether you will be able to meet the computer requirements.
How much time should I plan to spend in an online course?
You will do at least as much work in an online or blended course as in a traditional face-to-face course. You must be prepared to schedule some time online several days each week. You should expect to log in to the course website at least three times a week and spend at least two to three hours doing online work. If your other responsibilities make this schedule impossible, you probably should not take an online or blended course.
Am I willing to take responsibility for my own learning as well as work collaboratively with my classmates and instructor?
Online and blended courses typically place significantly less emphasis on lecturing and exams.
- This means that you must be prepared to do different kinds of work than you would do in a traditional face-to-face course. The work required may be more creative, may require more thought than simply memorizing material for testing purposes, and may ask you to demonstrate your understanding of the course ideas and concepts by applying them to real-world situations.
- You may expect to be involved in small-group collaborative work online. Teamwork is common in blended courses, and if you feel that you work better in isolation from others, you may not find the blended format suitable.
How much does UWM Online cost?
UWM is priced competitively compared to other international research institutions. Costs will vary based on the number of credits you take and your particular program and degree.
Depending on the nature of the program, many of UWM’s online programs and classes charge a special course fee in addition to tuition. The fee varies by academic department because of the variability of program design. For example, the College of Letters and Science currently assesses a $275 special course fee for each 3-credit online class; for Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business undergraduate online classes, the additional fee is $300.
Note that students taking only online classes do not pay the usual segregated fee that covers, among other items, access to the Student Health Center, Klotsche Center gym and a bus pass to campus. In spring 2014 the segregated fee ranged from $373.64 for students taking 1 credit on campus to $604.55 for students taking 8 or more credits. Students who enroll in a combination of online and on-campus courses are assessed the segregated fee.
Each fee supports different activities. Segregated fees fund on-campus activities and programs, while the distance education fee supports the development and ongoing provision of online courses and programs, including such items as course design, equipment, and technology staff. This distinction means that fully online learners (who are primarily adult and nontraditional students) do not pay for resources and services they are unable to access.
Scholarships and financial aid can make your UWM education even more affordable. Students from certain Midwestern states can also benefit from Wisconsin’s reciprocity agreement with Minnesota and the Midwest Student Exchange Program, both of which can bring costs close to Wisconsin resident rates.
Additional information and complaint contacts for states
Distance Learning Education - State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement
Pursuant to Wis. Stats. Ch.39.85, et. al, the State of Wisconsin is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the Midwestern Higher Education Compact which regulates the manner in which participating institutions may offer distance learning education to students who reside in other states. UWM is a participating institution in MSARA. The terms and conditions of SARA can be found at http://nc-sara.org/content/sara-policies-and-standards. If a student has a complaint that involves distance learning education offered under the terms and conditions of SARA, the student must file a complaint with the institution first to seek resolution (contact the Dean of Students Office (http://www4.uwm.edu/dos/support/complaints-and-grievances.cfm; 414-229-4632; firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Office of the Provost at 414-229-3203; email@example.com).
Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Program Integrity Rules, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning or correspondence education within that state. Students are encouraged to utilize the institution’s internal complaint or review policies and procedures through the Dean of Students Office (http://www4.uwm.edu/dos/support/complaints-and-grievances.cfm; 414-229-4632; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Office of the Provost (414-229-3203) prior to filing a complaint with the state agency or agencies. This link provides a list of contacts in each state with whom a student may file a complaint.
Important Notice to Students: If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended you contact the appropriate licensing agency where you plan to receive instruction before beginning your academic program. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license.
The following states require UWM to publish specific statements regarding the offering of online programs in their states:
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is authorized by:
Alabama Commission on Higher Education
P.O. Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36104-3758
Teacher Education: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu.
Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov.
UW-Milwaukee is exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17.015 because the programs are online or distance delivered and do not have a physical presence in the state.
UWM is registered with the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission and is subject to the complaint procedures posted on the GNPEC website (http://gnpec.org/consumer-resources/).
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is authorized by:
The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 W. Ohio Streete, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
UWM is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission. UWM is subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of the Attorney General of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Contact information for MHEC:
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
UW-Milwaukee is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree- granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.