Distance Learning Programs

For both traditional and nontraditional students, online distance education provides access to educational opportunities and resources. Whether self-paced or scheduled, online classes give you greater flexibility and more options for completing a degree or pursuing your interests.

The following is an overview of distance education options connected to UW-Madison Continuing Studies.

University Courses (credit)

Distance education through UW-Madison

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Filter your class search by Mode of Instruction to find distance education opportunities on campus.

The UW-Madison Schedule of Classes includes all UW-Madison credit courses. To search for distance education courses, enter the Class Search, select the correct term (fall, spring, etc.) and then use the “Mode of Instruction” field to select the kind of distance education that works for you (see illustration at right). You can further narrow your search by limiting it to specific departments, course numbers, etc. To take classes listed here you must be an admitted UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate or nondegree student.

Independent Learning

Hundreds of courses are available for transfer credits. You should have courses approved by your degree-granting institution before enrolling. Work at your own pace and can take up to a year to finish a course. Visit the independent learning website to start exploring choices.


Personal Enrichment (noncredit)

The pace of our noncredit distance education courses for personal enrichment is relaxed. You work one-on-one with your instructor and can take up to a year to finish a course. Explore your interests at your own schedule. Online classes are available in the following topic areas:

Professional Development (noncredit)

The changing technological landscape means professionals need more options for continuing education. These courses continue our commitment to quality, practical education. Some courses meet on specific dates and provide the opportunity for networking with other professionals, others are self-directed and self paced.

Online program areas

Also of interest

Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning: Recognized internationally for its quality and integrity, this annual conference convenes in Madison each August. The conference supports an exchange of resources, research, and best practices that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education and training.