Save Time and Money
Designed for working adults with some college credit or on-the-job experience, UW Flexible Option breaks free from rigid semester schedules. Start any month, move at your own pace, and test whenever you’re ready. You can also use your current knowledge and prior experience to progress toward your degree—which may help save you time and money.
Gain Useful Skills
While traditional programs require students to sit through classes to accumulate credit-hours, UW Flexible Option’s competency-based format is all about what you know and are able to do. You’ll make progress by completing assessments or projects that prove you’ve mastered competencies—the skills and knowledge UW faculty and industry leaders have identified as essential to your chosen degree or certificate.
Get the Support You Need
An Academic Success Coach (ASC) will be there to guide you every step of the way. Your dedicated ASC will work with you to understand your goals, personalize your learning plans, and direct you to the learning resources you need to succeed in your program.
Explore Our Programs
UW Flexible Option offers a variety of degree and certificate programs, with more on the way. Check them out now!
My goal was to finish a BSN degree in one year, and I did it! Thanks to the self-paced Flexible Option format, I was able to complete 36 credits while working full time as an ER nurse.
My Academic Success Coach took my transcripts, analyzed them, and created a learning plan personalized for me. The nice thing is, I can take my competency sets in any order I choose.
Flex works really well for me after being in the IT field professionally for so long. Some of the introductory courses, I’ve blazed through them. I just have to prove that I know it and I’m done, which is awesome.
Flex is about your work ethic. It’s based on how much you already know, and it’s very flexible. It really is self-based teaching in that it lets you use the knowledge you already have and helps you apply it to courses and assignments to learn even more.
I’ve had a lot of web design experience, and I completed a competency set easily because of that. In Flex, if you know the content, you don’t need to sit around and wait months to finish the class.
UW Flexible Option programs are offered in partnership with the following UW System institutions: