The adult undergraduate program offers a variety of degree options in an accelerated format designed for busy, working adults to complete their Associate of Arts (A.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Depending on the number of credits transferred into the program, the A.A. degree takes approximately 32 months to complete, and the B.S. degree for most majors takes 18-22 months to complete.

3,161 Total undergraduate enrollment
3% Students enrolled in non-traditional programs

Program details
Areas of study offered

Associate of Arts
General Studies

Associate of Science
Computer Science

Bachelor of Science
Business Management

Learn more about these programs.

New or unique programs
The Associate of Science in Computer Science degree launched in Fall 2023. Discover an online computer science degree that gives you the foundational knowledge in computer systems and languages to develop software solutions. Prepare for quick entry into careers in IT, software development and database administration.

Program type
Fully online

Program schedule
The Adult Undergraduate program offers a variety of degree options in an accelerated format designed for busy, working adults to complete their associate or bachelor’s degree. Students complete a degree by taking one course at a time in an online structure.

Fall (Aug. – Dec.)
Spring (Jan. – May)
Summer (May – Aug.)

As an adult student, I was fearful to begin my business program. What I found out about myself is that I am smarter than I thought I was and able to do things I never thought I could. I am thankful for the staff and faculty- they were instrumental in my success as a student.

Denise '21

Credit transfer

A transfer credit evaluation may be requested to determine how your credits will apply to your desired major at UNW. We accept coursework with grades of C- or higher from accredited and some non-accredited institutions. Classes are evaluated for transfer on a course-by-course basis.Learn more about transferring credits. 

Maximum number of credits that can transfer
Up to 50 percent of program credits

Number of credits required for degree
60-61 for Associate of the Arts
125 for Bachelor of Science

Minimum cumulative GPA required

Minimum grade required for a course to transfer

Block transfer accepted


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Application deadlines
Fall term: Aug. 1 (Priority: July 1)
Spring term: Dec. 15 (Priority: Nov. 15)
Summer term: April 14 (Priority: March 14)

Application fee
$30 (waived if you attend an information session or schedule a personal or phone appointment with an admission counselor)

Where electronic transcripts must be sent
[email protected]

Financial aid & cost

Tuition and fees

Cost per credit


Focus Scholarship: open to students who have completed at least one semester at UNW and maintained a minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher.

SPHERE Scholarship: open to students who meet certain criteria and have demonstrated financial need.

University of Northwestern General Endowed Scholarship: open to dedicated students with demonstrated financial need.

Tzedakah Scholarship: open to Minnesota residents who have completed one year of education at UNW and are enrolled in the Traditional Undergraduate or Adult Undergraduate programs.

Vern & Ruth Larson Family Scholarship: open to a dedicated student who meets certain criteria.

Learn more at about scholarships for adult learners.

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