More Frequently Asked Questions
Non-Degree Application Questions
- What is non-degree study?
- Are non-degree students eligible for financial aid?
- How do I apply?
- Is there a fee to apply non-degree?
- What else do I need to submit in addition to the non-degree application?
- If I take classes as a non-degree student, will I automatically be admitted to a degree program?
- How many credits can I take as a non-degree student?
- Are non-degree students eligible to take every class offered?
- How can I take only one class?
What is non-degree study?
Non-degree study allows a person to take up to 12 credits in a programmatic area without being admitted to a degree granting program. Applying as a non-degree student is an option for those who missed the degree deadline, need to take one or two courses for professional development or who just want to see what graduate classes are like at the University. Admission to non-degree study is not guaranteed.
Are non-degree students eligible for financial aid?
Individuals seeking financial support for non-degree study are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. The degree program enrollment requirement is established by the federal and state regulation, not UAlbany.
How do I apply?
To apply for non-degree status, please visit our online application.
Is there a fee to apply non-degree?
Yes, there is a $20 non-refundable application fee.
What else do I need to submit in addition to the non-degree application?
Minimally, all non-degree applications require an official final transcript from the institution that awarded your highest degree. Many departments also request applicants send additional materials. Please check our Non-Degree application requirement page.
If I take classes as a non-degree student, will I automatically be admitted to a degree program?
No. Academic success as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission as a degree student.
How many credits can I take as a non-degree student?
Non-degree students may take up to 12 credits. The 12 graduate credits may be applied to a degree program if they are applicable to the curriculum and they were successfully completed thus meeting the department’s minimum grading requirements.
Are non-degree students eligible to take every class offered?
No. Due to limited available seats, some courses are open to degree seeking students only.
How can I take only one class?
You can apply non-degree and have up to 12 credits of study applied to the corresponding degree program if the courses are applicable.
Please note that non-degree students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid and there is a $20 application fee.