FAQ

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. All of the programs featured on this website are offered in flexible course delivery formats that provide more options for furthering your education and achieving your career goals. On this page, you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about UW-Madison’s Online and Flexible Programs.

 

For specific questions about our degrees or certificates, click on the links in the FAQ box.

 

Each individual program page contains specific information on length, cost, credits required, and a detailed description. Individual program pages can be found on our Degree or Capstone Certificate pages.

 

As a working professional, what programs are available to me?

Master’s Degrees

  • A master’s degree is a graduate degree that is conferred upon completion of a coherent and focused program of advance study.
  • To receive a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 30 credits (typically includes one to two years of study).
  • Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent for admission into a master’s program.

Capstone Certificates

  • A capstone certificate is a nondegree credential that offers a focused, professionally oriented educational experience. It is a convenient way for working professionals to take graduate-level courses and earn a professional credential without completing a full master’s degree.
  • Capstone certificates typically require 9-16 credits, and can be completed in one year, although several require more credits and/or more time.
  • Capstone certificate students are admitted and classified as University Special (nondegree) students.
  • Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent for admission and must meet prerequisites established by the specific capstone certificate program.
  • Students may not be simultaneously enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at UW-Madison while pursuing a capstone certificate.

Which programs are offered online?

Online Programs

  • Take advantage of the convenience of online learning while participating in a rich, interactive learning environment. Most online programs can be completed almost entirely online.  All online programs offer at least 50 percent or more of the program work online.
  • Some online programs have an on-campus component that is designed to accommodate working schedules. For more information about a program’s specific requirements, contact the individual program directly.

For more information, See all Degrees and Certificates.

 

What programs are offered in a weekend or evening format?

Evening/Weekend Programs: These programs are offered in an evening and/or weekend format to accommodate working schedules. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses and personal connections while keeping your day job. For more information about the meeting schedule of a specific program, contact the individual program directly.

 

For more information, See all Degrees and Certificates.

 

What other flexible formats are available to me?

Hybrid Programs: These programs combine on-campus and online coursework. Most hybrid programs are completed on-campus with a partial or completely online semester. Make the most of your time on campus while experiencing the flexibility offered by online learning. For more information about the hybrid schedule of a specific program, contact the program directly.

 

Accelerated Programs: These on-campus programs are offered in an accelerated format that allows you to complete your degree or certificate in a condensed time frame. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses with minimal disruption to your career. For more information about the accelerated nature of a specific program, contact the program directly.

 

For more information, See all Degrees and Certificates.

 

Can I go back to school and continue working full-time?

Yes, with many of our programs you can continue working full-time while participating in the program. To get a full sense of the academic requirements of a specific program, be sure to check with the program directly.

 

How long will it take to complete a program?

It can take anywhere from 10 months to three years, depending on the program. For more information on the duration of a specific program, contact the individual program directly.

 

How much is tuition?

Tuition varies. Check the “At a Glance” section on a specific program page for more details.

 

What return on investment can I expect from these programs?

A professional with a master’s degree can typically make 20% more over their lifetime compared to the typical worker with a bachelor’s degree. Source: Georgetown University study from 2011, The College Payoff, Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings.

 

I know I want to go back to school, but I'm not sure which program to choose. What should I do?

We recommend you spend some time exploring the degree programs available on this website. For decision-making assistance, make an appointment with a member of the Adult Career and Special Student Services team. To clarify graduate program information, visit Graduate School Admissions and Academic Services.