UW-Parkside offers UW Flex Option Business Degree

Published: February 2, 2019

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is now offering a bachelor of science in business administration (BSBA) degree in the self-paced, competency-based UW Flexible Option format. Applications are being accepted and students may begin course work at the beginning of any month.

“UW-Parkside is excited to offer the business administration degree in the UW Flexible Option format, as we continue to expand our partnership with UW Extended Campus,” said UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford. “Offering the bachelor of science in business administration in the UW Flexible Option format allows more individuals to earn a degree employers value while balancing their commitments at work and with family.”

UW-Parkside’s UW Flexible Option business administration degree offers working adults the opportunity to earn their degree by demonstrating mastery in essential business skills: accounting, finance, human resources, operations, sales and marketing, project management, supply chain management, information systems and other high-demand business areas.

UW-Parkside is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which has granted the university approval to offer the UW Flexible Option business administration degree. The UW-Parkside Business Department is accredited by AACSB-International

“The strength of UW-Parkside’s Business Department, the AACSB accreditation and the self-paced nature of the UW Flexible Option make this degree a great fit for working adults,” said Dirk Baldwin, Dean of UW-Parkside College of Business, Economics, and Computing.

This UW-Parkside degree is added to the growing list of degrees and certificates available through the UW Flexible Option. In addition, UW-Parkside also offers a certificate in project management. UW-Milwaukee offers bachelor’s degree completion programs innursing (RN to BSN), diagnostic imaging, health sciences, information science and technology, an associate of arts and sciences degree, and a certificate program inbusiness and technical communications; and UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies offers a certificate insubstance use disorders counseling.

“We are constantly evaluating our programming to meet the changing demands and needs of Wisconsin’s workforce,” said Aaron Brower, Executive Director of UW Extended Campus, which oversees the administration of UW Flexible Option programming. “This new business degree partnership with UW-Parkside is another example of how UW Extended Campus is meeting the educational needs of residents in Wisconsin and beyond.”

Prospective students seeking more information about the University of Wisconsin Flexible Option Business Administration bachelor’s degree from UW-Parkside, or any other UW Flexible Option program offering, are encouraged to visit http://flex.wisconsin.edu.

UW Extended Campus partners with all UW System campuses to offer online degrees and certificates, as well as continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities. UW Extended Campus fulfills the Wisconsin Idea of extending the boundaries of a UW education to the borders of the state and beyond. The bachelor’s degree in business administration is one of nine degree and certificate programs offered in the self-paced, competency-based UW Flexible Option format.

UW Flexible Option programs offer busy and working adults a more personalized and convenient way to earn a respected credential from a University of Wisconsin institution. Unlike traditional programs that award credit based on the number of hours students spend in class, in UW Flexible Option programs, students advance towards their degree or certificate by demonstrating mastery of skills and program content at a pace they determine. The UW System is the first public university system in the nation to offer competency-based education on a broad scale.  

The University of Wisconsin System serves more than 170,000 students. Awarding 36,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. More than 80 percent of UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.


John Mielke, UW-Parkside


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