UW System Flexible Option

Learn more about the new UW System Flexible Option programs.

Education Options

You can choose from a wide variety of credit and noncredit learning classes and programs to meet your educational and professional goals. Below are noncredit and credit options. Call 608-263-6960 for more information or program catalogs.

Credit classes and programs at UW-Madison

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 admits nondegree students to take credit classes at UW-Madison. Students admitted by Adult Career and Special Student Services are known as “Specials” or “Guest auditors.” If you have not been admitted to the university, see Prospective students for more information about the process.

UW-Madison Schedule of Classes

The Schedule of Classes lists all courses offered for credit at UW-Madison by semester, including those offered in the evening, on weekends, and via distance technologies.

Capstone certificates

Capstone Certificate programs are intended to serve returning adult students who wish to acquire specialized training to meet current and future job requirements.

Distance learning

This page links you to distance learning sources at UW-Madison and throughout the UW System.

Summer programs

Get information about Summer Sessions at UW-Madison including special programs, sessions offered, housing and other services. Search for summer credit courses using the Schedule of Classes.

Credit classes through UW System or area educational institutions

Note: If you are interested in transferring class credit to UW-Madison, see UW System Transfer Information System for online advising, transfer credit information and a listing of all the majors and programs at the 26 UW campuses.

UW System Help

Use UW Help to locate credit opportunities offered through the UW System. The site includes new links for Adult Learners and Distance Learning.

UW Catalog of Independent Learning

Site includes over 400 university, high school, vocational, and continuing education courses. Begin any time and study at your own pace.

Wisconsin Technical College System

Madison College and MATC-Milwaukee offer technical and college transfer credit opportunities for adults.

Southern Wisconsin Association for Continuing Higher Education (SWACHE)

SWACHE is an association of 15 accredited public and private institutions of higher education including UW-Madison. Find credit and degree courses in southern Wisconsin that fit your needs.

Noncredit continuing education classes at UW-Madison

You don't need to be admitted to the University to take noncredit classes. When you take a noncredit course you are not earning university-level credit toward degree program requirements. Most noncredit courses offer continuing education units (CEUs), and many will help with certification or other licensing requirements.

Registration for noncredit courses is easy and fees are typically lower than for credit classes. Many noncredit courses offer similar content to credit programs so compare your options.

Continuing Education noncredit catalog