Make Things Possible
In nearly every industry, businesses can no longer operate without skilled, perceptive IT professionals to drive process and create connections. With the University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing, you can be the problem solver who makes things possible — for your company and your career.
Maximize Your Potential with an Applied Degree
Become the hands-on IT professional employers need to turn tech theory into business function.
The UW Applied Computing program proves to employers that you have the tools required to solve their organization’s day-to-day technical and logistical issues. More importantly, it teaches you how to develop new technologies and participate in future tech innovation so you’ll know how to fix tomorrow’s problems, too.
Technology that Translates
Knowing how to utilize technology won’t get you far if you can’t share your knowledge on an organizational level. Our curriculum focuses on learning not only in-depth technologies, but also communication and other valuable business skills that help you excel in the workplace.
Possibilities in any Field
The multidisciplinary Applied Computing bachelor’s degree curriculum was developed with extensive input from current industry leaders in a variety of professional arenas. It will prepare you to work across industries, increasing your opportunity for linear or upward movement across technical roles.
The Value of a University of Wisconsin Education
Where you get your degree is important. The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest and most widely respected public higher education organizations in the country. Our degree, launching in September (pending final review and approval from the Higher Learning Commission), ensures that you will stand out to employers, thanks to features such as the innovative Virtual Lab learning environment, an industry-expert faculty and advisory board, and our on-site, hands-on capstone course.
A Smart Investment
The 100% online, 61-credit UW Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing curriculum is dual-focused—it emphasizes both technical and business skills, making you a valuable multi-faceted professional. Our innovative Virtual Lab provides you with convenient remote access to the software tools and programming languages taught in the program. Tuition for the program is a flat fee of $495 per credit, $30,195 total tuition, whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state, and financial aid is available for students who qualify.
Skilled science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals are in high demand in nearly every industry, including healthcare, manufacturing, government, retail, transportation, communications, education, insurance, finance, security, and law enforcement. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tech careers are growing at a higher rate than other professions, leading to a significant shortage of qualified IT professionals. A 2015 survey by global cloud-services company Appirio found that 90% of C-level executives agree that hiring and retaining technology talent is a top business challenge, and that a lack of qualified tech professionals is a significant barrier to business growth.
Employers want to hire professionals who can perform on day one. The Applied Computing degree includes a final capstone course, which is performed at a real workplace and transforms your education into real-world experience. Each project is tailored to a student’s interests and career goals and often leads to job opportunities and professional connections. Students in other UW online programs have performed capstone projects for major organizations such as the UW Medical Foundation and the Green Bay Packers.
The University of Wisconsin online Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing is taught by the same expert faculty who teach on-campus UW courses. The curriculum was developed with extensive input from current industry leaders and teaches a valuable combination of technical and professional skills, such as software design and development, database management, systems analysis and design, computer security, IS strategy, technical communication, project management, and operations management. Our courses focus on current technologies, while also teaching you methods for learning new languages and methodologies, ensuring your career won’t stall due to technical obsolescence.