Online Semester-Based Programs
Semester-based degree programs and certificates offer three start dates: fall, spring, and summer semester.
Starting your application early will ensure you have plenty of time to gather required materials (such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.), apply for financial aid, transfer credits, and complete the application. Please visit your program-specific application page for more information.
Permission Numbers Available
|Preview Week Begins||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring 2021||November 9, 2020||January 19, 2021||January 26, 2021||May 7, 2021|
|Summer 2021||March 8, 2021||May 25, 2021||June 1, 2021||August 13, 2021|
|Fall 2021||April 12, 2021||August 31, 2021||September 7, 2021||December 13, 2021|
*Please visit the program page to learn more about when all application materials need to be completed.
Online Competency-Based Programs
Competency-based programs and certificates, such as those offered through the UW Flexible Option, are completed in three-month subscription periods instead of semesters. Subscription periods begin every month, however, application materials must be submitted a month prior to the desired start date.
For example, if you would like to start your program on May 1, your application materials must be submitted by April 1 to be considered for your desired subscription start date.
*Please visit the important dates to remember page on the UW Flexible Option website.
Individual courses via Independent Learning
Independent Learning courses do not require an application and are not tied to a semester—start when it is convenient for you!