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Online Program / Self-Paced Degree Program

Upper Iowa University has been a leader in offering distance learning programs and educational opportunities for working adults since the 1970's. Returning to college can be challenging for adults who are balancing a career, family, and community obligations. Our distance learning options provide maximum flexibility allowing you the option to attend class at any time of day that fits your schedule.

What is Distance Learning?

Upper Iowa is a nationally recognized leader in distance education offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students can study in our award-winning distance learning Online Program or our Self Paced Degree Program. Students have global access, with no need to be on campus for a residency requirement. We serve over 3,000 degree-seeking students from around the world through the Center for Distance Education.

UIU’s Online Program offers asynchronous courses so that you can attend class anytime during the day or night. You will actively and substantively participate in discussions on course topics that enhance your learning. The Online Program offers six eight-week terms each year so that you never need to wait more than two months to start classes.

What are your expectations for online learning and how do you know if it is right for you? Take the Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire to learn more.

UIU's Self-Paced Degree Program started in 1973 and was one of the first of its kind in the nation. Students receive personalized attention through one-on-one interactions with instructors while enjoying the flexibility of studying at their own pace. Self-Paced Degree courses are offered in both paper and web formats and all courses can be completed at a distance - no on-campus attendance is required. The Self-Paced Paper format is structured around written assignments and proctored exams while the Self-Paced Web format offers a web-based platform for assignment submission and course completion. You may enroll in a Self-Paced Degree course at the beginning of each calendar month during the year.

Distance Education Programs at a Glance

We offer two distance learning programs to provide you with the flexibility you need to reach your goals. The comparison chart provides helpful information to select the most appropriate learning method.

Majors/Programs Offered

Although the list is always subject to change, these programs and majors (descriptions of the majors) are currently offered through the Center for Distance Education. Click here to view the list. 

Student Academic Resources

Upper Iowa University has many academic resources available to Online and Self-Paced students. These resources are designed with the students' success in mind.

State authorization information for distance education at UIU can be found at:


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