Non-Degree Masters of Social Work Program

The Non-Degree Social Work course of study provides an opportunity for applicants who wish to take social work courses without matriculating into the program.  This route is an option for individuals who may have missed the deadline for the matriculated program and wish to get a head start on the process should they get accepted into the MSW program.  This option should also be considered for those who may not be academically competitive for the MSW program. For information on applying to the Non-Degree program, please visit our Non-Degree admissions page.  

Once the application process is complete, please allow 2-3 weeks to receive a decision from the Graduate Education Office

Instructions for Accepted Students

Once you have received notification of acceptance to Non-Degree study in the master's of social work program from the Office of Graduate Education.  You should have also received information from the University about your personal identification number (PIN) and using MyUAlbany (the online student registration system).

The next step in the process is to obtain an Advisement Verification Number (AVN).  This must be done to register for courses.  You may obtain your AVN by requesting a seat in an approved Non-Degree course.  Please follow the instructions below. 

Requesting a Seat in a Course

  1. 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.
  2. Complete the MSW advising form.
  3. Send form to
  4. Form will be returned with Advisement Verification Number (AVN) within 3-5 days. The AVN is required to register.
  5. Register for any open section of approved courses.

Non-Degree Course Schedule & Descriptions

Current 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.)

Limitations of Non-Degree Study

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 process is not automated.

A non-degree student can take a maximum of 2 courses in Social Welfare 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.

Non-degree students who receive a grade below “B” are not allowed to continue in the School of Social Welfare as a non-degree student.

Requesting Help

Problems with personal identification numbers (PIN), or MyUAlbany should be directed to the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk online or by phone at (518) 442-3700 for more information.

Questions or problems with the AVN or SSW course should be directed to the School of Social Welfare Help Desk at (518) 442-5320 or

Questions about completing or submitting the non-degree application should be directed to the Office of Graduate Education at (518) 442-3980 or