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May 26, 2021

InStride and the University of Wisconsin–Madison launch new career-focused online degrees and certificates in health care and business


Contrasting red and white flowers form the letters U and W in flowerbeds leading to the entrance of Agricultural Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during summer on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)
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MADISON, WI & LOS ANGELES, CA — May 26, 2021 — As employers adapt to a rapidly changing workplace, they are prioritizing education and development opportunities that meet in-demand skills. Additional degree and certificate programs from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, now available in collaboration with InStride, focus on future workforce needs to give working adults access to career-accelerating online offerings from a top-tier public research university.

Through their partnership with InStride, the leading provider of strategic workforce education programs, UW–Madison will offer their growing online catalogue to employees in InStride’s network of corporate partners. Corporations are increasingly investing in education to help close skills gaps in their workforce and to attract and retain diverse, high caliber talent.

Ranked 13th in top public schools in the U.S. and 7th in public undergraduate business programs by U.S. News and World Report, UW–Madison attracts top students and employers from across the nation and around the world.

With decades of online education experience, UW–Madison has a portfolio of five fully online undergraduate degrees through UW–Madison Online. UW–Madison also has 80+ Professional Degrees and Certificates. Through the InStride partnership, UW–Madison is sharing 6 additional undergraduate and certificate programs based on valuable market insights and industry demands in business and health care where upskilling is an imperative.

“The new online business degrees respond to the dynamic forces of today’s digital economy,” says Wisconsin School of Business Dean Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy. “As the needs of industry continually evolve, the Wisconsin School of Business is committed to creating agile learning opportunities and extending access to business education. These degrees will position students to launch meaningful careers with a solid foundation in business fundamentals.”

UW–Madison’s New Undergraduate Degrees and Capstone Certificates through InStride:

  1. BS in Consumer Behavior and Marketplace Studies (School of Human Ecology)
  2. BBA in Management (Wisconsin School of Business)
  3. BBA in Human Resources (Wisconsin School of Business)
  4. BBA in Marketing (Wisconsin School of Business)
  5. Capstone Certificate: Applied Drug Development (School of Pharmacy)
  6. Capstone Certificate: Clinical and Health Informatics (School of Medicine and Public Health)


These opportunities are in addition to the UW–Madison online degree in personal finance and capstone certificates in computer, data and information science already offered through InStride.

“Our academic network continues to quickly respond to the demands of corporate leaders by developing high quality education programs for their employee-learners,” said Michelle Westfort, InStride Chief University Officer. “We are fortunate to have UW–Madison as one of our partners because of their ability to create programs that will lead to life-changing degrees for the employees who will occupy meaningful roles in the future corporate workforce.”

InStride, a public benefit company launched in 2019, partners with industry-leading companies to offer their employees the life-changing benefits of a college education, through a network of high-quality universities.

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