Non-Degree Application Questions

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.

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.

To apply for non-degree status, please visit our online application.
Yes, there is a $20 non-refundable application fee.
Minimally, all non-degree applications require an uploaded copy of the transcript from the institution that awarded your highest degree. Upon admission official transcripts will be required. Many departments also request applicants send additional materials. Please check our Non-Degree application requirement page.
No. Academic success as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission as a 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.

No. Due to limited available seats, some courses are open to degree seeking students only.

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.