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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why choose this degree program?

Q: What will I be studying and what will I take away from the program?

Q: Is this program accredited?

Q: What kind of career can I pursue with this degree?

Q: What is a hybrid course?

Q: Do I ever have to physically appear on-campus?

Q: Can I transfer credits into the program?

Q: Can I earn my degree entirely through online classes?

Q: What are the degree requirements?

Q: How long does it take to complete the degree?

Q: What are the courses like?

Q: What do I need to do to get started?

Q: How will my previous coursework transfer?

Q: What if I'm not a resident of the state of Wisconsin?

Q: How much does the program cost?

Q: Is financial aid available?

Q: What are the minimum technology requirements?

Q: What do I do if I have trouble with my computer?

Q: What do I do if I have trouble with D2L?

Q: How do I obtain my textbooks and course materials?

Q: Will I have access to library resources?

Q: I still have questions. Where can I get more information?

Online degree and certificate program FAQs

Q: Why choose this degree program?

  • You will earn a highly regarded University of Wisconsin (UW) degree.
  • You will build the communication skills, problem-solving capacities, and administrative know-how needed to succeed in a wide variety of careers.
  • Online courses are flexible and convenient—you can pursue your coursework at the time and place that fits in your busy schedule.  
  • We offer personalized student support services including academic advising.
  • Bachelor's degree holders, on average, earn $900,000 more in their career than high school graduates (United States Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Q: What will I be studying and what will I take away from the program?

The curriculum and courses in this program emphasize the following:

  • Leadership applications and best practices
  • Critical thinking and scientific, rational problem solving
  • Strategic, tactical, and operational planning and implementation
  • Quality management methods
  • Interpersonal communication, dealing with difficult situations, conflict resolution, negotiation and arbitration
  • Organizational learning
  • Human resource skill development in managing people at work, interviewing, and training
  • Effective oral and written professional communication skills
  • Research, data gathering and analysis methods
  • Budget development
  • Crisis prediction, prevention, communication, management and mitigation
  • The ability to motivate others

Q: Is this program accredited?

Yes, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. Our online students earn the same degree as on-campus students.

Q: What kind of career can I pursue with this degree?

The program is designed to develop supervisors, project managers and team leaders and fosters a team mentality of getting things done with and through people. Our graduates hold positions both in for-profit and non-profit firms, and some have started their own businesses.

Q: Do I ever have to physically appear on-campus?

If your degree program is 100 percent online, you do not need to appear on campus. However, many of our degree options offer hybrid courses. In these cases, you can attend on a campus of your choice in the evening and online.

Q: What is a hybrid course?

A “hybrid” course will be defined within the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement as a course which meets face-to-face for no less than 20 percent and no more than 75 percent (as required under University policy) of the student contact hours.  However it is intended that such courses will meet face-to-face for 50 percent of those hours. The typical seven-week, three-credit hybrid class will meet face-to-face for seven three-hour sessions with the remainder being conducted via D2L.  The latter should include, but is not limited to, instructor-facilitated asynchronous threaded discussions.

Q: Can I transfer credits into the program?

  • Yes. All UW Colleges (whether you have an associate degree or not) and all UW four-year institution credits are transferable.
  • Most, if not all, credits from other accredited public or private institutions will transfer.
  • Some technical college credits will also transfer depending on your program of choice. A block of 45 credits plus applicable general education credits will be granted for specific AAS degrees from a Wisconsin Technical College.  Please refer to the Bachelor of Applied Studies degree for more information.

Q: Can I earn my degree entirely through online classes?

Majors for the degrees are available entirely online. General education courses can be taken online from UW Oshkosh or other UW system institutions.

Q: What are the degree requirements?

Please refer to the UW Oshkosh Bulletin to determine degree program requirements.

Q: What core courses will I take?

Depending on your course of study, some of the core courses include:

  • Managing People at Work
  • Introduction to Organizational Administration
  • Interviewing
  • Organizational Communication
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Project Planning & Implementation
  • Ethical Values
  • Environmental Issues
  • Research

Please refer to the website to obtain detailed information for your program of interest.

Q: How long does it take to complete the degree?

The time required to obtain your degree will vary based on the number of transfer credits you receive, how much time you are able to devote to coursework, and individual financial considerations. The minimum time will be two years. 

UW Oshkosh requires you to earn a minimum of 120 credits before your degree can be awarded. Please refer to the UW Oshkosh Bulletin to determine degree program requirements.

Q: What are the courses like?

Degree Curriculum Planner
course descriptions
Bachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies BAS-L&OS Curriculum Planner BAS-L&OS Course Descriptions 
Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire & Emergency Response Management BAS-FERM Curriculum Planner BAS-FERM Course Descriptions 
Bachelor of Applied Studies in Aviation Management BAS- AM Curriculum Planner Course descriptions currently under review 
Bachelor of Applied Studies in Public Safety  BAS-PS Curriculum Planner Course descriptions currently under review
 Bachelor of Liberal Studies BLS Curriculum Planner BLS Course Descriptions
Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Leadership Development  BLS-LD Curriculum Planner BLS-LD Course Descriptions
Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Organizational Administration BLS-OA Curriculum Planner BLS-OA Course Descriptions
Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership Online BS-HSLO Curriculum Planner BS-HSLO Course Description
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
BS-CJ Curriculum Planner
Course descriptions currently under review
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice BA-CJ Curriculum Planner Course descriptions currently under review

Admission/Enrollment FAQs

Q: What do I need to do to get started?

To obtain application information, Contact the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement at:

Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Boulevard, Dempsey 111
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901

Phone: (920) 424-0234
newlearning@uwosh.edu

Or you may apply online at anytime.  Classes are offered in a 7 week format, with a new course beginning approximately every 7 weeks during the regular academic semester.

Q: How will my previous coursework transfer?

A pre-advisor counselor can unofficially review and evaluate your transcripts to determine which credits will transfer to UW Oshkosh before you are admitted to a degree program. The number of credits transferred will depend on the accreditation of previous schools attended, grades received and the content of courses taken. To have your private or out-of-state credits evaluated, please ask your previous schools to send a transcript directly to:

Terrance Paape
(920) 424-0723
Transfer Student Counselor
UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

 

Transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution. Transcripts handled by the student become invalid.

Q: Will I have an academic advisor?

Yes, we feel that high-quality academic advisement is vital for your success.

Tuition & Financial Aid FAQs

Q: How much does the program cost?

The tuition rate for the 2014–2015 academic year (including summer) is $360 per credit. Visit the UW Oshkosh Financial Aid Tuition and Fees website for more information on tuition.

Q: What if I'm not a resident of the state of Wisconsin?

Tuition is the same for residents and non-residents.

Q: Is financial aid available?

Helping you fund your academic goals is our primary mission. We have designed an application process that is individualized and streamlined.

You will need to complete and mail the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the processor listed on the FAFSA or complete the FAFSA on-line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  Our financial aid school code is 003920.

Questions regarding the financial aid process and eligibility should be directed to Stacy Drews of the UW Oshkosh Financial Aid Office:

Stacy Drews
UW Oshkosh Financial Aid Office
Phone: (920) 424-1214
Fax: (920) 424-0284
drewss@uwosh.edu

Technology, Texts and Other Resource FAQs

Q: What are the minimum technology requirements?

Visit Academic Computing and learn about all technology related questions.

Q: What do I do if I have trouble with my computer?

Please call the Help Desk at (920) 424-3020 or email the technical support personnel at helpdesk@uwosh.edu.

Q: What do I do if I have trouble with D2L?

Please visit the D2L Frequently Asked Questions page for assistance with Desire2Learn.

Q: How do I obtain my textbooks and course materials?

You can obtain your required course material from University Books & More by clicking on Textbooks in the left hand column of the University Books & More website and following the path to your textbook ISBN. While you are encouraged to purchase your books at University Books & More, you may purchase from an alternate source at your discretion. Please be sure to use the exact ISBN and edition to ensure you are obtaining the correct material.

Q: Will I have access to library resources?

Absolutely! The UW Oshkosh Polk Library website is easily navigable, and is full of information and resources.

Take some time to review the library's Web site at http://www.uwosh.edu/library/.

Contact Information

Q: I still have questions. Where can I get more information?

Contact us for personalized assistance. We can be reached at (800) INFO-UWO (463-6896) or via email at newlearning@uwosh.edu.

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