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April 7, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Looking to complete that degree? UW adds another online option

Mark Weber / Op Art

Mark Weber / Op Art

The University of Washington has OK’d the second of two online bachelor’s degree completion programs — one that’s expected to appeal to a broad swath of adult students wanting to earn a diploma from the UW.

The degree, a bachelor of arts in integrated social sciences, is meant to be a flexible, low-cost option for adults who have already earned about two years of college credit or an associate degree.

The classes will be taught by UW faculty members and will include popular upper-level classes from all of the disciplines that comprise the social sciences — including anthropology, communication, economics, history and political science.

The program will cost $199 per credit for Washington residents, or about $9,000 per year for full-time study. (For a comparison, undergraduates who attend the UW full-time in person pay about $12,400 a year in tuition and fees.) Out-of-state students will pay about 10 percent more.

The potential market is huge. Statewide, the UW estimates that about 900,000 adults started college or earned an associate degree at a community college but never earned a four-year degree.

“This is about helping students complete their bachelor’s degrees,” said Matthew Sparke, the inaugural director of the program, in a statement. “And that means offering supportive online mentoring that really gets them to the finish line. We want our students to feel personal success and pride in finishing college as Huskies, with all the distinction that a UW degree represents.”

To be eligible, students need to have earned 75 transferable college credits. Admission will be competitive, and the deadline to apply is May 15. More information is available on the university’s website.

The UW started its first online degree-completion program last year, in early childhood and family studies.

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