Online Learning


As an online program, the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management is well-suited to working professionals and those who live outside the Seattle area. All classes, readings, assignments and discussions are accessed online, meaning students have the flexibility to study on their schedule and earn a UW degree while living anywhere in the world that has high-speed Internet service.

How Online Courses Work

In many ways, online courses are similar to classroom courses. Along with the rest of your cohort, you will start each course at the beginning of the quarter, and you are expected to adhere to a weekly schedule and complete all work by the quarter's end. All students have the same deadlines, and you will need to keep up with all lectures, readings, activities and assignments. Unlike on-campus students, however, you can choose when and where to do your coursework within this structure.

From your computer, you will connect to a robust online learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle. This Web-based software allows you to access all course materials and interact with instructors and other students through discussion boards and other online features.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer able to run a recent version of one of the major Web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari
  • Reliable high-speed Internet connection (cable recommended)

The online aspect of the program was ideal for my [military] deployment. With Skype and online collaborative tools, I felt like I knew most of the folks in the program even though we'd never been face to face, which is pretty
remarkable.

Michael Monaghan, 2013 Graduate
Executive Officer, Washington Army National Guard

The online format provides an amazing amount of flexibility for people who are working, who have family or are in some far-flung place. I was easily able to find lunch hour time and weekend time for classes, and I would never have been able to do that if I had a requirement to be in the classroom.

Ginger Armbruster, 2013 Graduate
Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle