Graduate Online Programs
Get graduate-level education, online.
We offer a variety of graduate-level programs online, allowing you to pursue a higher education without having to attend traditional in-person classes. Our rigorous coursework and expert instruction offer the same quality as on-campus programs. With a selection of fields available, you can achieve your goals and advance your career on your own schedule.
Online Graduate Programs
These fully-online graduate degrees and certificate programs can help take your career to the next level while giving you the flexibility you need to continue working, caring for your family, or balancing whatever obligations your life may include.
Online Graduate Degrees
- Applied Biotechnology (MS)
- Biodiversity Conservation & Management (MS)
- Cybersecurity (MS)
- Data Science (MS)
- Health & Wellness Management (MS)
- Nursing Leadership & Management (MSN)*
- Public Administration (MPA)*
- Sustainable Management (MS)
Online Doctorate Degree
- Applied Leadership (Ed.D.)
includes 1-week in-person summer program
Online Graduate Certificates
- Applied Bioinformatics
- Biodiversity Conservation & Management
- Conservation Data Management & Analysis
- Conservation Leadership, Policy & Management
- Data Science
- Emergency Management, Planning & Administration*
- Foundations of Biodiversity Conservation & Management
- Nursing Leadership & Management
- Nutrition & Integrated Health*
- Sustainability & Wellbeing
*Taught exclusively by UW-Green Bay faculty. The others are taught in collaboration with UW Extended Campus.
UW Extended Campus
Most of our online graduate programs and certificates are offered in collaboration with the UW Extended Campus. In our UW Extended Campus programs, you’ll learn from professors across the state who have a wide range of expertise. Visit their website to learn about our online collaborative programs.
About Online Classes
You may have questions about how online classes work and if they'll be a good fit for you. Below are the basics of how online college classes work, from the registration process to the actual classwork. If you're taking one of our UW Extended Campus programs, also see the UWEX online learning information.
As an online graduate student, you can do everything online. Your application, advising, enrollment, classes, billing—all can be completed online. You never have to set foot on campus.
Canvas is the online learning system we use to conduct online classes at UW-Green Bay. You can access Canvas through your web browser or through a mobile app.
Depending on the course, you may have group assignments. Some groups meet at the same time, using Microsoft TEAMS or another virtual meeting platform. Other groups divide up the work and collaborate asynchronously with email, comments and shared documents.
Online Assignments & Course Materials
Although each course will be different, your coursework will be delivered electronically. Assignments may include responses to readings or videos, discussion board posts, quizzes and exams. You may also get assigned group work and research projects. Typically, online class materials include recorded lectures, readings, interactive videos, discussion posts, quizzes and exams. There may also be a required textbook for the course that you can order online.
Graduate Studies Online FAQ
It's normal to have questions, especially if you're new to online learning. Below are frequently asked questions about online graduate courses at UW-Green Bay.
Q: What are the technical requirements for online learning?
Students will need a reliable internet connection, computer, and access to specific software programs or platforms used in their courses. The majority of online courses use software and systems that are already licensed by the University and are included in your usual tuition and fees. There may, however, be some courses that could require you to purchase other software to use for the class (e.g. for certain science or data analytics courses). It depends on the course. Required materials are discussed in the syllabi.
Most of our online graduate programs are offered through UW Extended Campus. If you're taking one of these programs, refer to the UWEX technology requirements.
Q: Will lectures or discussions be recorded?
Whether or not the lectures and discussions are recorded depends on the instructor and the course delivery method, also called modality. An online course's modality can be online at a scheduled time (synchronous), online on your own schedule (asynchronous). If you have any questions, you can contact the instructor or your advisor.
Q: Are online master's degrees as valuable as on-campus degrees?
Yes, online master's degrees are valued equally to on-campus degrees as long as they are from an accredited university. Accredited online master's programs undergo the same rigorous evaluation as on-campus programs to ensure that they meet the same academic standards.
Q: What kind of support is available for online students?
Online students have access to the same resources as on-campus students, including advising, technical support and library services. Support offices are typically open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have a question outside of normal business hours, email is generally the best way to get a hold of offices.
Q: Can I work while completing an online master's program?
Yes, one of the benefits of online master's programs is the flexibility to complete coursework while working. However, students should consider the time commitment required for each course and ensure that they have enough time to balance work and school.
Q: Do I need to purchase other online systems I will use for the class?
The majority of online courses use software and systems that are already licensed by the University and are included in your usual tuition and fees. There may, however, be some courses that could require you to purchase other software to use for the class (e.g. for certain science or data analytics courses). It depends on the course. Required materials are discussed in the syllabi.
Q: How much does an online master's degree cost?
The cost of an online master's degree varies depending on the program and the student's residency status. A student's residency can be a Wisconsin resident, non-resident, or resident of a neighboring state that offers reciprocity or is part of an exchange program. Students should review the tuition and fees for each program and consider any financial aid or scholarship opportunities that may be available.
A distance education fee also applies to credits earned online. The distance education fee funds the required technology, faculty and staff, and support to offer distance education. For example, this fee goes toward classroom technology to record lectures, online tutoring and other support services. It covers the cost of software needed to teach online.
Q: How do I apply for an online master's program?
Prospective students should review the application requirements for each program and submit their application by the deadline. Applications typically require transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Students should contact the program coordinator with any questions or for more information.
If you have questions about becoming an online graduate student, or about online graduate studies, just ask. Contact Sarah Denis or one of our other Graduate Studies staff. We're here to help!