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Take Your Career Further from Wherever You Are.

Whatever path you're on, at whatever stage in your life or career, we'll provide the support, resources and staff to help you reach your professional and personal goals. If you're looking to complete your undergraduate or graduate degree as a returning adult learner, our stackable certificates will help you gear up for your online learning experience.

Online Courses & Professional Development Opportunities

Individual Courses

Enroll in individual courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.

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Online Professional Development Courses for Educators

Meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification. 

Earn Graduate Credits Online

Opportunities Customized to Your Experience


Undergraduate Student

I’m interested in learning online, haven't attended college and want to earn my Bachelor’s degree.
UG Programs

Associate Degree Graduate

I’m attending a technical college or two year UW-System school and I am interested in transferring credits.
Transfer Credits


I’m a paraeducator with an Associate degree who wants to complete a degree while continuing to work.
Online Programs & Ce

Career Changer

I want to change careers and am working in a different field, I have an Associate or Bachelor degree.
Stout Online

Licensed Educator

I’m a licensed educator seeking professional development, as a non-degree seeking or graduate student.
Multiple Options

Technical College Instructor

I’m working in industry and want to become a technical college instructor, have an Associate or higher degree.
UG & GR Degrees

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn credit for prior learning, including college AP classes, volunteer work, military service, professional development, and more.
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CI Learning Experiences


Our Customized Instruction (CI) degree programs, certificates, and certifications are designed to bring your courses to life in an online format using the innovative Canvas learning system.

UW-Stout, "Wisconsin's Polytechnic University," is the ideal choice for learners who seek an engaging online and hybrid learning experience. Our faculty includes experienced business, education, and industry experts dedicated to teaching you the latest in technology and trends. Stout Online students bring a wealth of work and life experiences and diverse perspectives that will enhance your learning experience.

We know you have work, family, or military obligations that require maximum flexibility and one-to-one support. Our customized instruction opportunities are provided at the undergraduate or graduate level, bachelor to doctorate; they may be completed online, hybrid, or through other arrangements convenient for your specific lifestyle.

Your path to a college degree may have taken different directions. We're here to help you finish what you started, make a career change or update your professional skills for career advancement.

Why Stout Online?

  • Dedicated Adult Student Support Advisors
    Every student in our online programs is assigned a dedicated student support advisor and program director, in addition to dedicated support in the areas of student billing, financial aid, and the library.
  • Value for Your Money
    If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:
    • Per-credit tuition cost generally includes the textbook rental fee, though some programs require purchasing materials.
    • There are no additional university-based semester fees or technology fees.
    • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.
  • Transfer Friendly
    Over 99% of students who enter our online and distance education undergraduate programs transfer in credits from other institutions.
  • Free Online Tutoring and Writing Labs
    Access to tutors in a number of popular subjects, such as math, statistics, and accounting for immediate feedback. You can submit a paper for feedback to the writing lab for feedback in as little as 24 hours.
  • United States Distance Learning Association Certified
    UW-Stout is proud to be the first University in Wisconsin to be certified for excellence in distance education practices.
Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have questions because misconceptions about online learning persist among adult learners. These concerns can range from:

Will I get to know my classmates and faculty?
Our online programs provide personal attention from faculty and program directors, as well as opportunities for meaningful full interactions on Canvas with your peers.

What will I do if my technology fails?
If you have problems with technology our Technology Help Desk will assist you both online and in-person to solve the problem. You'll also have access to LinkedIn Learning tutorials.

Are online programs as challenging as on-campus programs?
Our online programs use the same accredited, rigorous curriculum and faculty as our on-campus programs.

Don't employers value degrees earned in-person more than degrees earned online?
Stout Online graduates gain the same competitive edge as in-person learning, leading to strong employment and success rates in a variety of fields.

Will I have the same support services available to me as on-campus students?
From the day you apply to the day you graduate, you will have 24/7 access to the technical, academic, and financial support you need to succeed.

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