Distance learners may be adults juggling full-time work and family responsibilities or traditional-aged students who find online courses the best solution to meet their educational needs.

We offer six fully online bachelor’s degree program:

  • Communication
  • History
  • Jewish Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Other UWM schools and colleges besides the College of Letters & Science also offer online programs. You can explore all of the online majors, minors, certificates, and graduate programs here.

What to Expect and When

The online format requires a high level of self-motivation and higher-than-average time management skills, and online courses operate on the same semester schedule as in-person classes. Our online program is not a self-paced program.

Fall classes start the first week of September with finals in mid-December, and spring classes start the third week of January with finals in mid-May.

How Classes Are Offered

Online students will need a computer with reliable and strong internet connection. We use the online platform “Canvas” to host our online courses. Most classes do not require that you log-in on certain days/time. You can complete the viewing and the assignments in a short window of time. Some classes do, though, require that you log-in on their scheduled days/times.

We make no distinction between our in-person courses and our online courses. The course numbers, the professors, and the course content are the same. You would just receive delivery of the content in an online format instead of in-person.


Online students also receive the same professional advising appointments as in-person students. Appointments can be held via phone or videoconference.

First 60

For students interested in a program not offered fully online, the First 60 Program provides advising on how to complete the first 60 credits of an undergraduate degree via online coursework prior to attending UWM in person to complete the remainder of the degree. This program primarily focuses on general requirements and does not guarantee that any particular major or degree can be completed with just 60 additional in-person credits.

Questions about our programs can be directed to or request an appointment with an admissions counselor.