UW Extended Campus Program Dates

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.

Term Registration Begins/
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 17, 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 12-week 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 the May start date, your application materials must be submitted by the April start date 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!