Online Learning

The online Master of Science in Applied Mathematics is well suited to working professionals and those who live outside the Seattle area. All classes, readings, assignments and discussions are accessed online, meaning you have the flexibility to study on your schedule and earn a UW degree from anywhere in the world that has high-speed Internet service.

How Online Courses Work

In many ways, online courses are similar to classroom courses. Along with the rest of your cohort, you start each course at the beginning of the quarter, follow a weekly schedule and meet regular deadlines. You need to keep up with all lectures, readings, activities and assignments as scheduled and complete all of your work by the quarter's end. Unlike on-campus students, you can choose when and where to do your coursework within this structure. All online exams are proctored and should be taken on the same day they’re administered to classroom students; any exceptions must be approved by the instructor.

Course lectures are available in real time via live streaming and on demand starting two hours after the class ends. To access courses, you will need to connect your computer to a robust online learning management system called Canvas. This Web-based software allows you to access lectures and other course materials, upload assignments and interact with your instructors and fellow students through discussion boards and other online features. Some faculty may use an alternative online classroom system.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer able to run a recent version of a major Web browser, such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari
  • Reliable high-speed Internet connection (cable or DSL recommended)