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Navy College Program

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Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership LogoUpper Iowa University is proud to be a member of the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP)

Upper Iowa University is also a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges and the SOC Degree Network System. In addition to our Navy partner rating-related degree option, UIU offers degrees for all Navy rates. UIU has two distance learning options tailored to fit the dynamic lifestyle of today's Navy personnel and their families. The Rating Related Program page will show you how your rating credit will transfer to a degree at Upper Iowa University.

The Online Program delivers courses via the Internet, bringing the classroom to your fingertips. Six eight-week terms are offered annually allowing you to begin your degree pursuit during any term.

Our Self-Paced Degree Program, offered in both paper and web-based formats, is specifically designed to make learning as flexible as possible. More than 100 courses are available and you can take up to six months to complete each course.  Using texts, study guides, and other course materials, you will learn by completing specific lessons and assignments. Depending on the format of the course, assignments and communication are delivered via the web-based classroom, mail or email and you work at your own pace with your instructors.

Why choose UIU

Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing educational excellence and leadership development to about 5,800 students – at our traditional campus in Fayette, Iowa; through our various online degree programs; at our off-campus learning centers throughout the U.S.; and via our self-paced degree programs.

Nationally regarded distance learning programs

  • Academically qualified faculty with practitioner experience
  • No on- campus residency
  • Regionally accredited
  • Open enrollment so you can begin your degree during any term
  • Flexible schedule for faster degree completion
  • Maximum transfer of credits; military, ACE, CLEP, DSST, and experiential learning

The Self-Paced Degree Program is modeled after traditional correspondence learning. It is a paper/email/web-based program specifically designed to make learning as flexible as possible. You may enroll in a course at the beginning of each calendar month during the year and take up to six-months to complete the course.

For those who prefer interaction with other students, the Online Degree Program enables completion of courses in a virtual classroom environment. You can log on to your course at any time. Six eight weeks terms are offered each year.

Receive UIU college credit for your military training

Your military training is worth valuable college credit. Check with our office for more details.

Our portable learning programs go with you -- from home, to the base, to temporary duty, to deployments -- no matter where you are. Flexible course and assignment completion schedules work with your military commitments. Our programs are accessible, regardless of where you are.

Whether you're on base or as sea, UIU is there -- working with you to help you advance towards you goals while you serve your country.

Degrees Available


UIU understands that, in your involvement with the military, you may be moving from location to location with little lead time.

Our Academic Extension offers a variety of educational opportunities through which you can complete your studies, regardless of your location.

Our Self-Paced Degree Program is paper/email or web based, allowing you to study no matter where you are - on the installation, on temporary duty, in the field, at sea, or in the air.

The Online Program delivers course materials via the Internet, bringing the classroom to your fingertips.


UIU proudly honors our military servicemembers for your commitment and dedication to serving our country.

We understand that this dedication does not come without sacrifice. Our Academic Extension programs are designed to give you the flexibility you need to fulfill your commitment without leaving your career objectives behind.

Our military-friendly educational advisors will help you develop a program of coursework that will advance you toward your goals and be reflective of your busy, and often-changing, lifestyle.

Special accommodations are available for military personnel who are required to deploy or go on temporary duty during the course of their studies. We work with you to ensure that you can meet your goals and serve your country.


UIU recognizes that, in the military, you don't have the luxury of taking regular daytime classes like traditional college students.

To help you work toward your goals, UIU offers two distance learning programs designed to make education as accessible as possible for our military servicemembers and their families.

The UIU Self-Paced Degree Program is a guided, independent study system through which you set your own pace and schedule for coursework. Materials are transferred via mail, e-mail or fax, so you can study anytime and in any place.  There is also a web based format for this program.

If you have access to the Internet, you can achieve your educational goals through the UIU Online Program.

Disclaimer: participation in the NCPDLP does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.

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