Social Welfare Non-Degree Programs at UAlbany-SUNY
Would you like to explore the field of social work before committing to the UAlbany-SUNY MSW program? Non-degree study options can help you do that—and give you a head start on the MSW coursework as well. You can also use non-degree programs to demonstrate your capability to do graduate-level work.
Non-degree Class Schedule
Non-degree Course Descriptions
(The course schedule for the Fall semester is typically available in mid-July; for the Spring semester, typically mid-November; for the Summer semester, typically mid-April.)
To apply for non-degree status:
Submit a non-degree application, official transcripts, and fee to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The application and fee payment form are available on the Graduate Admissions website.
Once you are authorized for non-degree study at the University, you are eligible to take courses for up to 2 years. There is no need to re-apply each semester.
When you have been accepted to non-degree study, you will receive an acceptance letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions, and information from the University about your personal identification number (PIN) and using MyUAlbany (the online student registration system).
In order to receive your remaining registration information you must request a seat in a course through the School of Social Welfare.
To request a seat in a course:
- Review the Non-Degree Class Schedule and Non-Degree Course Descriptions for the upcoming semester and choose 1 or 2 classes that you wish to take and meet the prerequisites for.
- Send an e-mail to email@example.com that includes the following:
- Your first and last name
- Your Albany ID number
- Your course selections including course number, class number, and meeting time(be sure to include alternate choices in the event that there are no longer seats available in your top choices)
Within 3-5 business days, you will receive a return e-mail from the School of Social Welfare. If we are able to fill your request, you will be provided with your registration information in this e-mail, including your advisement verification number (AVN) and permission number(s). All registration is completed online via MyUAlbany.
Seats for non-degree students are limited. All requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow 3-5 business days for a response, as the system is not automated. Once a course has reached capacity, requests will be kept and filled if additional seats should become available before the beginning of the semester.
A non-degree student can take a maximum of 2 courses per semester.
A maximum of 12 credits of graduate work taken at UAlbany as a non-matriculated student will automatically count toward the MSW degree if the credits fulfill MSW requirements at the time you matriculate and the courses were taken within 3 years of matriculation.
Problems with personal identification numbers (PIN), or MyUAlbany should be directed to the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk at (518) 442-3700 or go to http://www.albany.edu/its/help for more information.
Questions about completing or submitting the non-degree application should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at (518) 442-3980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions or problems with the AVN or permission numbers should be directed to the School of Social Welfare Help Desk at (518) 442-5320 or email@example.com.
Click here to start the application process.