B.S. Automation Leadership

Build Your Leadership Career in Automation and Industry 4.0
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Lead the Future of Manufacturing.

Take your education and experience in automation, digital transformation, or other cutting-edge Industry 4.0 disciplines to the next level.

The only degree of its kind, UW-Stout’s B.S. Automation Leadership provides technology-driven, future-focused students—including two-year graduates from SACA-member schools and others with degrees in automation, mechatronics and other related areas—a gateway to leadership in Industry 4.0.


Offering courses aligned with Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) standards, UW-Stout’s Automation Leadership degree offers the relevant leadership and management training to enhance your industry-recognized credentials.

Core Automation Leadership Classes

  • Digital Transformation
  • Internet of Things in Operations
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Automation Leadership Internship
  • Automation Leadership Capstone

Your Path to an Automation Leadership Degree

  • Complete UW-Stout's Core Automation Leadership Classes Online (19 Credits)
  • Complete Your Professional Core Classes (40 Credits)
  • Transfer Any General Education Credits You've Earned to UW-Stout (Up to 27 Credits)
  • Complete SACA Professional-Level Classes (21 Credits)
  • Complete Any Remaining General Education Requirements Online 

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Complete Your Degree Online from Anywhere 

All UW-Stout degree classes, including core program and remaining general education credits, can be completed entirely online, offering you the flexibility to earn your degree while completing your SACA professional core and professional-level classes on site with a partnering technical college.

Maximize Transfer Credits & Earn Credit for Prior Learning

Transfer up to 88 credits from any technical or community college in the country. In addition to your general education credits, you’ll get credit for program-aligned SACA certifications earned at any SACA-member institution.

Note: 32 credits must be completed at UW-Stout. 

SACA certifications earned through employment or otherwise not listed on a college transcript will be reviewed as Prior Learning Credit. A $75 non-refundable fee plus an additional $50 per credit will be assessed when transferring 1-6 credits. When transferring over six credits the $75 non-refundable fee plus an additional $300 fee will be assessed.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements, and course descriptions for B.S. Automation Leadership.



Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

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