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Non-Degree Students

Non-degree registration is suited for individuals interested in taking coursework at the University of Denver for any of the following reasons:

  • Explore a program or strengthen academic history before applying for admission to a graduate degree program
  • Complete a course for professional development or as a prerequisite for another degree program outside of DU
  • Take courses for personal growth

Non-Degree Application

  • Policy

    Students can take a maximum of three non-degree courses. After three courses, students must apply to a degree-seeking program or submit a petition to continue taking non-degree courses for personal growth only.

    Admission as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to a University of Denver graduate degree program. In the event that the student subsequently wishes to undertake a degree program at the University of Denver, the regular application procedures must be followed, including the submission of the required application fee. No more than three courses earned as a non-degree student may be applied to the degree. All non-degree coursework must be approved for transfer into a degree-seeking program. Note that not all academic units permit non-degree students to register for their courses.

    All non-degree applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree in order to enroll in graduate level courses. Additionally, non-native English speakers must follow standard graduate admission requirements to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency. All non-degree students must apply each term.


  • Application Process

    Submit the following items to the appropriate admission office for processing:

    • Non-Degree Application
    • Copy of your bachelor's degree transcript
    • Approval to register from the professor of each course you'd like to enroll in (an email from the professor with course approval is acceptable)
    • Non-native English speakers must also submit proof of English language proficiency
  • Registration

    All non-degree applications for the upcoming fall term will be processed at the beginning of August. 

    Once the application is processed, registration is completed by the Office of the Registrar.  You can expect to receive a confirmation email from the Office of Graduate Education, typically within 3 business days after the application is processed.

  • Cost and Financial Aid

    Non-degree students are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, our Office of Financial Aid can help you find private scholarships.

    Tuition Rates

  • Visiting Scholars

    If you’re a faculty member at another institution, you can enroll as a visiting scholar and pursue postdoctoral study. Visiting scholars neither pay tuition nor earn credits for their classes. To earn graduate credits, you’d need to enroll as a non-degree student.

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