UNCW Distance Education


Whether your goals are educational or professional, transferring to UNCW can help you “go the distance”!

Online, on campus, or with a combination of the two, you can take advantage of opportunities ranging from finishing your degree in a way that works best for you, to building upon your qualifications for a leg up in the job market. UNCW has programs in business, the sciences, and more. Let us help you find the best fit for you—and help you go the distance to a new level of achievement and success!



Distance Education Degrees

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Criminology (Online)


People sitting at desks, wearing headphones, in the UNCW National Testing Center in Camp Lejeune The UNCW criminology program provides students with a strong social science foundation. Graduates are prepared to directly enter the profession in fields such as corrections, probation and parole, police services or to continue on to graduate school and law school. The rigorous curriculum empowers students with a deep understanding of crime and justice, as well as an appreciation of American society and its diversity.

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Elementary Education (Online)


UNCW student talking to a group of children about sea turtlesThe Elementary Education Program and the Watson College of Education are dedicated to the preparation of teachers and other professionals who work with elementary school children, as well as promoting reading, language development, cognitive and learning skills. The elementary education program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and licensure to teach grades K-6.

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International Studies (Online)


Crowd of people standing at booths set up in Burney Center for UNCW's International FestivalOne of UNCW's strategic goals is to "create an educational environment that prepares our students to be global citizens." Students are prepared to face these global issues and bring about a more just and equitable world. But just as important is the goal to prepare students to be competitive in the global workforce. Occupations and professions in a variety of settings increasingly emphasize global knowledge, skills and experience.

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Exercise Science (Online / Accelerated)


Students running a human performance lab in Trask Coliseum Exercise Science provides an essential foundation for a career as an Allied-health professional by imparting a unique interdisciplinary, knowledge-base in health, fitness and wellness. Given this academic backdrop, students will be prepared for acceptance into graduate school, including, but not limited to, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, medicine and/or achieve successes with National certification examinations.

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General Business (Hybrid Online with Some Seated Classes in Onslow County)


Crowd of people in the CIS building for UNCW's annual Spring Career Connection FairThe Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) is a distance education degree program in General Business that is offered to residents of Onslow county. Required courses are delivered primarily online but are occasionally offered during the day on the campus of Coastal Carolina Community College in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting, or via live streaming video in real time to students’ own locations. Night classes are not offered. The BSBA may eventually become fully online as the Cameron School of Business makes improvements to the program. The BSBA requirements will remain the same, but students may see changes in how courses are delivered as they complete the program.

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Social Work (Hybrid Online with Some Seated Classes in Onslow County)


Social Work student working with a child at her internship with Phoenix Hometown HiresThe School of Social Work prepares students to make a difference in the world through direct practice with individuals, couples, families and communities; policy analysis and advocacy; and social work research. Our students are trained to help people discover and build upon their own resources and strengths as well as the resources and strengths of their environment to meet the challenges of poverty, discrimination, health and mental health issues, and other difficult life situations.

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Clinical Research (Online)


Fuse CR rep speaking with students in classroomUpon completion, graduates are prepared to participate in the science and business of developing health care products, such as drugs, biologics and biomedical devices with emphasis on pre-approval human clinical trials and post-marketing safety studies. Our alum are employed in a variety of settings such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology and patient device companies; contract research organizations (CROs); clinical settings; and government agencies.

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RN to BSN (Online/Accelerated)


Nursing students practicing CPR in the Simulation Learning CenterThe UNCW School of Nursing has been educating exceptional nurses for over four decades, as demonstrated by its accomplished alumni. In this program, you will learn from faculty with real-world nursing experience. What you will gain from this program: The knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully compete and advance into high demand healthcare areas that serve an increasing aging population. Knowledge of nurse-led research in clinical issues a foundation for career advancement into administrative, research, consulting and teaching.

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