Credit options

UW-Madison offers a wide variety of credit learning classes and programs to meet your educational and professional goals.

To take UW-Madison credit classes in either degree or nondegree status, you must be admitted to the university, and then enroll. Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) admits nondegree students to take credit classes at UW-Madison as either Special students or Guest auditors. Check out Becoming a Student for more information.


Options for credit classes include:

  • The UW-Madison Schedule of Classes: The Office of the Registrar provides this online resource for exploring the UW-Madison class schedules and course guides.
  • Flexible learning: There is a wide variety of flexible learning opportunities at UW-Madison for students who want online or evening/weekend courses and alternative delivery methods.
  • Summer Session: More than 1,000 credit classes are available each summer in 90 sessions of varying lengths.
  • Capstone certificates: These programs are intended to serve returning adult students who wish to acquire specialized training in a graduate-level program to meet current and future job requirements.

Credit classes are also available through the UW System and other area educational institutions, including: