The University Without Walls (UWW) is a degree completion program for adult students who have gained significant college level learning through career or other experiences. UWW recognizes learning that occurs outside of the traditional classroom. Students work with an academic advisor, a community advisor and the UWW advisor to design an individualized curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.

Program Benefits

If you are a self-directed learner and have a clear academic direction, the unique features of the UWW program provide a path to attaining a baccalaureate degree. Your program will:

  • be self-directed and based on learning outcomes
  • include an individualized curriculum
  • provide alternatives to traditional classrooms
  • provide involvement with University faculty

Career Options

UWW students tailor their curriculum according to their individual needs and goals. Some of the top professional fields that our graduates enter into are:

  • Administration
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health and Social Services

Graduate Study

Many Interdisciplinary Studies graduates pursue advanced degrees in master’s and doctorate programs. The most common subject areas are:

  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Human Resources Development
  • Legal Careers
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Inner City Studies
  • Computer Science

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the University Without Walls Program and the courses offered toward attaining a degree.

University Without Walls Program

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Nontraditional Degree Programs at (773) 442-6030 or

Nontraditional Degree Programs


About Northeastern

Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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