At organizations in any industry, anywhere in the world, skilled IT technicians make things possible. Behind the scenes, they build and manage networks and databases. They develop the websites consumers navigate, program the systems employees use every day, and ensure that confidential materials stay secure. An online computer science degree like the UW Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing is a smart choice for busy adults who want to advance their IT careers—or start a whole new career—but don’t have time for on-campus courses.
21 courses. 61 credits. Online. Affordable.
This applied program will teach you current technologies, as well as the techniques you need to successfully learn future technology systems to keep you ahead of the IT curve. Courses are taught by diverse and distinguished faculty from across the University of Wisconsin System. 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.
Because the program is entirely online, you will study and complete coursework on your own timeline, wherever you have an Internet connection. Courses have no set meeting times, and you will never need to come to campus. An innovative Virtual Lab lets you remotely access software tools and programming languages, saving you the cost, time, and hassle of purchasing and installing these applications on your own computer.
At the same time, you will have ready access to success coaches and faculty by phone and email, and you may take advantage of on-campus resources such as career assistance and libraries.
Upon graduation, you will be well prepared to make things possible in organizations public and private, in virtually any industry: healthcare, computer science, information technology, retail, marketing, manufacturing, transportation, communication, education, insurance, finance, science, security, law enforcement, and more. The dual-natured curriculum focuses both on developing a strong technical foundation, as well as the nuanced professional skills required to thrive in any IT role.
You may be eligible for admission to this program if you have completed approximately 60 credits of general coursework with a 2.0 or better grade point average (GPA) and prerequisite courses in college algebra. (Students with a GPA of less than 2.0 may be considered for provisional admission.) Not sure if you meet these requirements? Call 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.
The UW Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing program is approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and approved by the Higher Learning Commission.
A partnership of University of Wisconsin campuses
The UW Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing is a collaboration of the University of Wisconsin-Extension and five University of Wisconsin institutions: UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, and UW-Stevens Point, bringing you the best and brightest IT instructors from across the UW System.
Although you will take courses taught by faculty from all five partner campuses and complete your program entirely online, you will be asked to apply to a “home” campus. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive financial aid (if you qualify), advising, career services, and ultimately, your diploma. You will receive the same respected University of Wisconsin diploma as on-campus students.
Fulfilling the promise of “The Wisconsin Idea”—the philosophy that University of Wisconsin education and research initiatives should benefit all the people of the state—UW-Extension provides statewide access to university resources and research so Wisconsin residents can learn, grow, and succeed at all stages of life. The Division of Continuing Education, Outreach, & E-Learning (CEOEL) coordinates University of Wisconsin continuing education programs at all 26 campuses. In addition to UW Applied Computing, CEOEL offers these online degree programs.
- MS in Data Science
- BS or MS in Health and Wellness Management
- BS or MS in Sustainable Management
- BS in Health Information Management & Technology
- BS in Nursing (National) BSN Linc
- BS in Nursing (Wisconsin residents) BSN@Home
Graduates of our online programs earn the very same University of Wisconsin degrees as students who attend classes on campus. As a graduate, you can feel proud and confident knowing that your credential is recognized the world over and respected by employers.
In addition, CEOEL offers:
- The UW Flexible Option–degree programs that allow you to earn credit for what you already know,
- The University Learning Store–focused credentials to meet workforce needs, and
- UW Independent Learning–a way for undergraduates to earn UW college credit online and at their own pace.
Find out more
To find out how the UW Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing can help you get ahead in this exciting field, contact an enrollment adviser:
Enrollment advisers are available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, or by appointment.